Wendell Selectboard extends policing contract with Leverett until July

  • Wendell’s old Town Hall and Police Station. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 1/10/2021 3:04:24 PM
Modified: 1/10/2021 3:04:05 PM

WENDELL — The Selectboard voted unanimously last week to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Leverett Police Department, extending a short-term agreement regarding calls for service until July 1.

Wendell had entered into an inter-municipal agreement with Leverett for that town to provide its policing services starting in October, but the 90-day agreement to try out that concept is coming to an end on Jan. 14. This extension will give the parties ample time to discuss a long-term contract. July 1 marks the beginning of the next fiscal year.

Leverett Police Chief Scott Minckler has said his department is conducting a few hours of patrols in Wendell each week starting Jan. 1, after previously having responded only to specific calls for service in that town. He said a third full-time officer started this week and the department also has six part-time officers.

Selectboard Chair Dan Keller said he has gotten positive feedback from Wendell residents so far.

“They think (Leverett) is a really efficient and understanding department,” Keller said.

A meeting of the Wendell Police Succession Committee is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 11. Minckler has said a new agreement will be discussed.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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