The entire Blandford, Massachusetts police department has resigned, citing poor equipment and unsafe working conditions.
Interim Police Chief Roberta Sarnacki and all officers of the department submitted their resignations in a letter to Blandford officials, effective immediately.
The officers said the town’s police cruisers are in such bad shape they often have to answer calls in their personal vehicles. They said their police radios don’t work in some parts of the town and their poorly fitting bulletproof vests are beyond expiration dates!
Massachusetts State Police has stated that all 911 calls from Blandford for police assistance are being routed to troopers in Russell.
The police officers on the force said they regret leaving the town without coverage, but have no other choice because their own safety has been put at risk.