Six Communities Sign Agreement To Share Police

CHELSEA (CBS) — Six communities have entered a partnership that allows their police officers to have authority in all six towns.

The agreement is between Chelsea, Everett, Revere, Malden, Saugus and Winthrop. The move is in response to decreasing budgets and an increase in violent crimes.

In addition to sharing personnel, the towns will share some equipment.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

Chelsea city councilor Calvin Brown says the timing couldn’t be better. “Hopefully as we prepare for our summer months and we get these programs up and running the police from different communities will have great collaboration and it will be a successful program. We hope we can continue to keep our residents safe,” he said.

The agreement includes 70 officers.

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  1. Warren says:

    Congratulations, the first favorable step towards regionalization of public safety services. Imagine how much money could be saved and resources optimized by hiding town lines and deploying resources strategically throughout a mult-itown region, rather than one town (based on incident data, changes in population base, hours of the day, etc.). I assure you that police protection (and fire and EMS) could be delivered in a more cost effective and more efficient fashion under a regionalized system than the parochial “each town to itself” of today. Right now, every town has its own resources, which clearly represent redundant and inefficiently used resources when you think beyond “town lines.” Although this makes sense for the citizen and taxpayer, the public safety unions are likely to find a way to put a negative spin on it (if implemented correctly it would lead to a loss of jobs, as resources would be used more efficiently, and fewer staff are required of a more efficient operation.

    1. BLACKBEAR1 says:

      NO, NO. DO NOT BE SUCKERED INTO THIS PLAN, UNDER THE PROMISE OF SAVING MONEY. REGIONAL PLANS HAVE A HISTORY OF COSTING MONEY. THEY ARE POLITICALLY MOTIVATED AND ONLY SERVE TO BENEFIT A POL YOU WISHES TO CEMENT HIS LEGACY. YOUR STUDY COMMITTEE REALLY NEEDS TO DIG. DON’T JUST RUBBER STAMP. FORGET THE CONVENIENT CHARGE OF BEING PAROCHIAL. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE JURIDISDICTIONAL LINES.

  2. Greg says:

    Stupid idea! There will be no cops in Winthrop as they will answering shots fired calls in Chelsea all day long! Pay more taxes for less services! Lemmings like Warren have no clue!

  3. jzsmith1965 says:

    can’t wait till we here the cities are being sued for going to wrong address in the wrong town everett cops should not be allowed into chealsea remember the king authurs brawl back in the 1980’s

  4. Warren says:

    When I get smart I aspire to move to the seaside community that’s sprinkled with landing gear and jet fumes every day, that high than average incidence of cancer, and that can say with pride that it abuts Der Island and Revere..

    But thank you for reminding me of the parochial mindset of Massachusetts that has existed for years, resulted in poorer, not better public safety services, and has brought municipal governments to financial ruin. Wasn’t it Winthrop that came close to closing their library down due to a financial shortfall in that town’s government?

  5. Wizard says:

    Winthrop is a fine, fine place.
    The ocean runs through it…

  6. Tom says:

    I think the hardest thing will be when the twons need to vote on budgets. division amongst towns, which happens in regional school systems all the time. One town votes for the overide, the other against…good luck

  7. royp says:

    This could be a great idea if implemented properly. They should be able to eliminate layers of management and bureaucracy and actually increase patrols. Will they? Probably not.

  8. emom says:

    Ok in theory IT may work, however, will all officers be working or only a handfull. Do they really feel this is a GOOD idea…… YEAH NO

  9. Taxpayer says:

    Fire Departments have been doing it for years, its called Mutual Aid. A win win for donut shops.

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