Blandford Police Resigns In Dispute With Town

posted by John Baibak - 

All of the officers of one Hampden  County police department are resigning.  

The Blandford Police  Department, which had a roster of four officers, cited safety issues in  its decision to step down on Monday, including cruisers that barely run,  expired and poorly fitting bulletproof vests, non-functional radios and  inadequate staffing.  

Blandford residents can still call 911, and a  state police trooper will respond, according to town officials, and  Hampden Sheriff Nicholas Cocchi is  increasing his  department's presence there.  

Blandford and the town of Chester had been  considering a plan to merge their police departments.

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