No More Help From Local Departments

posted by John Baibak -

The police chiefs from the three  Western Massachusetts municipalities that sent officers to help in  hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico only to have them return home early are  speaking out on the issue. 

The chiefs from Holyoke, Easthampton,  Hampden, and Chelsea have sent a letter to the Massachusetts Chiefs of  Police Association indicating they won't send additional personnel for  relief on the island and warning other police departments about an  apparent communication issue with emergency management officials. 

They  say the early trip back home was prompted by a side visit to the  southern city of Ponce which the officers spent helping people in need  and checking on family members. 

The Holyoke Police Department was  supposed to have deployed five more officers by now.

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