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Town’s Entire Police Force Resigns

The Massachusetts State Police are now responsible for protecting the residents of a small town in Massachusetts after its entire four-member police department resigned on Monday, citing unsafe work conditions.

In a resignation letter submitted to city officials on Monday, the entirety of the Blandford Police Department — which consisted of Interim Police Chief Roberta Sarnacki and three officers — said they simply could not continue to serve because of inadequate and decrepit equipment that put their lives in danger.

“The officers said the town’s police cruisers are in such bad shape they often have to answer calls in their personal vehicles,” Boston CBS reports. “They said their police radios don’t work in some parts of the town and bulletproof vests are beyond their expiration dates and fit poorly to begin with.”

Here’s what the now-defunct department posted on Facebook:

Attention Blandford residents: If you have a police, fire or medical emergency, please continue to call 911 as you…

Posted by Blandford Police Department on Monday, July 30, 2018

The Massachusetts State Police assured residents in a statement Tuesday that they would fill the gap left by the Blandford PD.

“The residents of Blandford may be assured that the State Police will continue to protect their community,” read the statement published by CBS.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. paulette barrow

    August 1, 2018 at 1:24 am

    SO WHY ARE THINGS NOT UP TO PAR WITH THIS VERY SMALL POLICE DEPT,ITS NOT THAT BIG HOW MUCH COULD IT COST TO UPGRADE,BET TRUMP WOULD HAVE DONE IT IF HE HAD KNOWN

  2. Phyllis White

    August 1, 2018 at 1:39 am

    What a sad commentary that our police are not given proper and working vehicles, phones, vests that fit, etc. Hopefully, this will be worked out soon in Massachusetts.

  3. Charity GILES

    August 1, 2018 at 1:57 am

    It’s a demonbot state what do you expect.

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