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The entire four-man police department of Blandford, a small town in Massachusetts, resigned on Monday night, citing several security concerns.
"Attention Blandford residents: If you have a police, fire or medical emergency, please call the emergency number as usual, and the entire Blandford Police Department resigned tonight with immediate effect," it said on Facebook. Post of the department.
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The Blandford officers, including three patrolmen and Provisional Police Chief Roberta Sarnacki issued a signed statement containing a detailed explanation of their resignation.
"The city is asking the officers on days to patrol in cars that have no air conditioning, no winter tires and no four-wheel drive – that's 90 degrees plus and under blizzard conditions." They ask us to do this without radio coverage, not a real one Backup, if necessary, and all for $ 14 or $ 15 per hour, "it said in the statement.
Sarnacki also said that several police cruisers had problems with their brakes and the bulletproof vests of the division had exceeded their expiration date.
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But selectboard chairman Cara Letendre told NBC News that she had given the officers and Sarnacki the opportunity to voice their concerns
"They were at a Selectboard meeting last Monday when they had any qualms, but they did not respond and were just concerned about the post of police chief posted," said Letendre.
At this meeting, Sarnacki said she felt offended by the Chief Executive Officer for posting the position, even after the other officers spoke highly of her. Sarnacki served as interim chief of staff from June to 30 July, while the selection committee considered several options for the department.
"In a small town, it's difficult to run a police force with our tax base," said Létendre. "We looked at three options: keeping the same police department, relying more on the state police, or on regionalization. "
Departments in rural cities and major cities across the country have been suffering for years from falling salaries of officers and recruits and general anti-police attitudes.
One option considered by the committee is to combine the police department in Chester, a nearby city, with Blandfords. Sarnacki believed the board wanted to replace her with the chief of police in Chester, she said.