Great Barrington Police Get Traffic Enforcement Grant

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Police Department was awarded an $11,955 grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's Office of Grants and Research to increase the number of traffic enforcement patrols.
 
Funding will cover five traffic enforcement campaigns in December, May and April and two next summer. Emphasis will be on impaired driving, distracted driving and speeding.
 
The department recently purchased a new speed trailer that is being used to gather statistics to help determine times and locations where grant patrols will do the most good. With three bridges under repair, more and more traffic is being diverted to residential neighborhoods and police are addressing that.
 
The grant also covers training for an accident reconstructionist, which requires six weeks of rigorous classroom and field study. Upon completion, the officer can present evidence and testify in court as an expert in accidents involving serious and fatal injuries.

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Great Barrington Appoints Permanent Police Chief

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Acting Police Chief Paul Storti, a 26-year veteran of the Great Barrington Police Department, has been appointed as the town's next chief of police.

Storti, 53, was among 30-plus candidates screened by a Police Chief Search Committee, comprised of town residents and led by the recruiting firm Community Paradigm Associates LLC, headquartered in Plymouth. Storti was the only internal job candidate.
 
"After interviewing three finalists for the position, Paul Storti emerged easily as the very best candidate to build on the progressive groundwork laid by Chief Walsh," said Town Manager Mark Pruhenski, referring to retired Chief William R. Walsh Jr.
 
Pruhenski said that during his 10 years as a sergeant, and in a few weeks as acting chief, Storti has earned the respect of other officers and has been a leader in advocating for a department open to change and 21st century policing practices.
 
Storti has been serving as acting chief since Dec. 23, when  Chief William R. Walsh Jr. retired after 40 years in the job. He joined the Police Department in 1995 as a full-time officer after working part-time in neighboring towns. In the community, he's also been a volunteer coach and referee for community and school sports teams.
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