ADAMS, Mass. — The Selectmen have welcomed new Officer Sarah Jane Dyer to the Police Department.
For the second time this month, Police Chief Richard Tarsa asked the board to ratify a reserve officer and then read Dyer's extensive resume.
"Last week, I came before the board and said I needed to keep building upon our minor league team," Tarsa said Wednesday. "This evening I am here to make an addition to that team ... usually, I can wing this and just ad lib and go off of memory, but what Sarah has in her background I definitely have to read."
Tarsa said Dyer holds a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in conservation law enforcement. She is a graduate of the reserve academy and the state Animal Control Certification Academy.
Dyer is also a certified nursing assistant and an emergency room technician.
The chief said she currently is pursuing a second master's degree in criminal justice with a concentration in crisis management.
"She has an extensive background and it is impressive seeing that she is only 26 years old," he said. "That is a lot of accomplishments in that time frame and I know she is eager to come to the town of Adams and we are eager to have her come aboard."
Tarsa said Dyer, a Berkshire County native, currently works as a part-time officer in Brookfield but at a full-time capacity.
The Selectmen had few questions for Dyer and Selectman Richard Blanchard only jokingly asked when was the last time she was actually able to sleep.
Selectman John Duval thanked Tarsa for bringing forth such quality candidates.
"The last appointments that you have come forward with have been great candidates and you continue to do that," he said. "We appreciate that."
The meeting was rather short and was mostly scheduled to accommodate the ratification of Dyer, however, Selectman Joseph Nowak reiterated an ongoing concern: downtown dog poop.
"I walk quite a bit there has been dog droppings right on Park Street and other parts of the town and I don't know what to do so I am just going to bring it up," Nowak said. "The best thing you can do if you see a dog owner letting a dog defecate on the sidewalk and they don't pick it up question them because it is unsightly and a health hazard."
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