Massachusetts’ Town’s Entire Police Force Resigns, Citing Concerns for Officers’ Safety

Blandford P.D. Officer Krysten Scapin, left, and Interim Police Chief Roberta Sarnacki in July 2018. (Blandford Police Department / via Facebook)
Blandford P.D. Officer Krysten Scapin, left, and Interim Police Chief Roberta Sarnacki in July 2018. (Blandford Police Department / via Facebook)

The entire four-person police department of Blandford, a small Massachusetts town, resigned Monday evening, citing various safety concerns.

“Attention Blandford residents: If you have a police, fire or medical emergency, please continue to call 911 as you normally would. The entire Blandford Police Department resigned this evening, effective immediately,” the department’s Facebook post read.

For now, 911 calls will be handled by county officials and other neighboring police forces.

The Blandford officers, including three patrolman and Interim Police Chief Roberta Sarnacki, released a signed statement giving a detailed reasoning for their resignation.

“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. They are asking us to do this with no radio coverage, no real backup if needed, and all for $14 or $15 an hour,” the statement read.

Sarnacki also said that multiple police cruisers were having issues with their brakes and the department’s bulletproof vests were past their expiration date.

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SOURCE: Jacob Taylor 
NBC News