Public safety not a concern without police department, Blandford officials say

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As of Monday night, the Hampden County town of Blandford no longer has a police department. The department consisted of the interim chief of police and three officers, all who resigned during a town select board meeting Monday.

Interim Town Administrator Joshua Garcia told 22News the town is working on multiple solutions to this issue.

Those options include sharing a police department with another community in the region and determining if there is a need to have a police department at all.

Despite members of the police department resigning, town officials told 22News there shouldn’t be a concern for public safety.

Garcia told 22News that about 90 percent of this issues in the town are handled by the State Police Barracks in Russell.

He said that this situation brings up bigger financial issues that small towns face.

“This is a good opportunity to have that discussion on challenges that local governments particularly small towns are facing,” Garcia said. “There is no jeopardy toward public safety, you call 911 help will come.”

Garcia said the town is currently searching for a new interim police chief.

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