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Monday 1st August | by Cop(ex) | @ES_Humour
The Blandford Police Department, consisting of an interim Police Chief and THREE response officers all resigned on Monday 30th August according to details shared on the Police Departments official Facebook page.
The small team of law enforcement personnel wrote a joint letter of resignation and sent it to the chairwoman of the ‘Blandford Board of selectmen’, Cara Letendre.
In the letter, the disgruntled Officers said:
“The town is asking officers to patrol in cars that have no a/c, no snow tires, and no four-wheel drive, on days that have been 90 plus degrees, and previously in blizzard conditions.
“Officers look pretty ridiculous patrolling with sweat dripping down their face.”
Former Police Chief Sarnacki and three former Police Officers Chris Anciello, Gage Terlik and Krysten Scapin all signed the no-nonsense letter.
The former Officers also said that their defective radios, expired ballistic vests and dilapidated response vehicles with their unreliable brakes, formed an integral part of the decision making process that led them to handing in their notice, effectively leaving the town with no police presence.
In a statement to the Boston Globe, Letendre, leader of the Towns Council, said the mass departure of the police force ‘shocked’ town officials.
“This was thrown at us last minute and we certainly didn’t plan to not have a police department,” Letendre said.
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Letendre said the officers did not fully communicate their frustrations before they decided to resign from the small force.
She also added that the Police response vehicle with the dodgy brakes was repaired recently.
But Letendre also acknowledged that the town is facing financial difficulty.
“We just don’t have the finances … small towns are struggling sustainability-wise,” she told the Boston Globe.
The resignations mean that the town of roughly 1,500 residents will be without any local police services.
In a post published on the Blandford Police Departments’ facebook page, one of the Officers who resigned said:
“I was a police officer at the Blandford police department for a little over a year. I came to Blandford with 3 years of police experience.
“It has always been my passion to be a police officer and it saddens me to leave a town that could contain such potential.
“The officers of the Blandford Police Department have made this bold resignation to receive the attention this department needs.
“We have tirelessly tried to voice our opinions about how great Chief Roberta Sarnacki was doing as interim Chief.
“We worked very hard to make the equipment work, and wanted nothing but to protect the community.
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“We have witnessed the multiple opinions about our actions, but it is important that everybody knows that we just want what is best for the town and our safety.
“We were not able to perform our fullest duty with malfunctioning and unreliable vehicles, expired vests, radios with no signal.
“But most importantly, we could not perform at our best without the towns support by our side.
“I want to protect your families, but I have a family too.
“I want to come home to my child and husband, but felt that was becoming at risk with the poor conditions I was put in.
“Being a police officer is one of the most difficult, dangerous, idealistic jobs in the world. We did our duty, now it’s up to the town. Thank you.
~Krysten Scapin, former Blandford Police Officer”.
Officers from the Massachusetts State Police and Hampden County Sheriff’s Office have agreed to temporarily patrol the area, according to Springfield’s WWLP News.
“We have notified town officials that we will assume any additional duties required in the wake of the resignations of local officers” State Police confirmed in a statement.
“The residents of Blandford may be assured that the state police will continue to protect their community.”
In a recent post published on the Blandford Police Department Facebook page, Officials confirmed that the page would soon be deleted as ‘there is no current Blandford Police Department’.
Blandford is a town in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States.
The population was 1,233 at the 2010 census.
It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the home of the Blandford Ski Area
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