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Pittsfield Police Chief Wynn Brings 'Unique' Background to State Policing Commission

Wynn's appointment to the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission was announced last week by Gov. Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey.

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Williamstown Select Board Pleads for Patience, Asks for Respect for Police

Chair Jane Patton began the conversation by reading a statement of the board that expressed its support for the local police force while acknowledging some of the issues that have led many in the community to distrust the agency.

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Williamstown DIRE Committee Hears Concerns About Police at Schools

The Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee this week heard from several residents who echoed the concerns raised by committee members about the presence of police officers in the town's public schools.

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Protesters March to Williamstown Police Station to Demand Reform

Lt. Mike Ziemba, who stood silently as multiple speakers harshly criticized the department and its leadership, took the lawn sign from Ansari and planted it in the ground.

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Williamstown DIRE Committee Focuses on Police Procedure, Town's Response to Suit

The conversation included DIRE Committee members' dissatisfaction with that response and a more general discussion of police practices in the town of 7,700.

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Williamstown Select Board Issues Statement on Police Lawsuit

McGowan's suit, which also identifies Town Manager Jason Hoch, Chief Kyle Johnson's supervisor, as a defendant, makes a claims of discrimination and retaliation against a whistle-blower.

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Closer Look: Williamstown Residents Beginning Call to 'Defund' Police

The "defund police" movement has gained momentum nationwide in the weeks following the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Police, Public Safety Dominate Lanesborough Selectmen's Meeting

It was announced in January that Chief Timothy Sorrell will be retiring this summer after serving five years as the town's top law enforcement officer.

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Pittsfield City Council Asks For Recalculated Sewer Rates

The City Council unanimously acted on a petition Tuesday kicked the sewer rate schedule back to the administration to more accurately reflect the decreased costs for wastewater upgrade project.

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Williamstown Celebrates New Police Station With Ribbon Cutting, Night Out Open House

Johnson was joined by Town Manager Jason Hoch, members of the construction team, two members of the town’s select board, a representative from Williams College, Rep. John Barrett III and Sen. Adam Hinds to celebrate the creation of a facility that was long needed but relatively quickly delivered once the ball got rolling.

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