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Reserve Police Officer Sarah Jane Dyer is sworn in Wednesday by Town Clerk Haley Meczywor. Police Chief Richard Tarsa, right, had told the board Dyer's accomplishments were extensive.

Adams Welcomes Another New Police Officer

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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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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St. Stan's Students Get Crash Course in Accident Reconstruction

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — State Troopers Kyle Cahoon and Sean Curley, members of the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (CARS) Unit, met with St. Stanislaus Kostka middle school students to provide an in-depth look into the process and science behind accident reconstruction.
On Friday, May 17, the troopers showed students how they determine the causes of vehicular crashes and identify who may be at fault. Curley said CARS is not called to every accident but only the worst of the worst that conclude in severe injury, death, or considerable property damage.
"If we have a real bad crash where somebody is likely not to make it, that's when we get a phone call," he said. "The officer on the road will realize that this is a very, very serious crash, and it might be outside of his scope of what he does. He'll call the State Police."
He added that there are four CARS units across the state, but theirs covers the largest distance in Western Mass — from Worcester to Berkshire County.
"So, there are response times for us that are a long time," he said. "I have driven for almost two hours with my lights and sirens on."
According to Cahoon, there are three common elements that contribute to a crash: the driver, the vehicle, and the environment. He emphasized that accidents are rarely caused solely by vehicles. Instead, human factors, such as driver distraction or adverse road conditions, are typically the primary causes of accidents.
"It's not typically just an accident," Cahoon said. "Like they might be speeding and not paying attention, they might be on their cell phone when they shouldn't be. Ninety-nine percent of crashes we investigate are not accidents."
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