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Massachusetts town police force quits en masse

AUGUST 1, 2018

NBC News reports that the entire police force (4 officers) of Blandford, Mass., (population 1,253) quit yesterday. The officers issued a statement citing concerns about how the town is asking them to patrol in cars without air conditioning, properly working brakes, snow tires, or four-wheel drive.

One has to wonder whether city financial problems are part of the equation, so I checked out the town’s website and found that the list of annual financial statements ends at 2011.

When I called town administrator’s office to inquire more about the recent financial reports, I was told the town simply hasn’t published them since 2011. This year, however, Blandford has retained outside accountants, and the town official expressed confidence that they can produce audited results again.

While the town website does have a version of a financial report for 2018 up there, it’s a video that starts with an interesting choice in background music — Getting Better by The Beatles.

 

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