Charlton police get mutual aid agreement with Worcester

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Charlton police get mutual aid agreement with Worcester

#1 Post by SPilot343 » 13 Nov 2013 09:20

Saw this on Telegram.com. This is very interesting


http://www.telegram.com/article/2013111 ... 8/0/SEARCH
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#2 Post by Avidlistner » 30 Nov 2013 00:26

There has been a mutual aid agreement in effect for about 60 towns in central Massachusetts area for several years now. Local officers from these towns pretty much have full police powers while on duty in all of these towns. The Worcester agreement is more limiting.

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#3 Post by chiefj » 30 Nov 2013 17:13

You are going to see more of this and the MA agreements currently in effect will be refined to allow MV infraction stops in neighboring towns. Right now a speeder, observed by police in one community, who makes it across a town/city line, cannot be stopped for that violation, or any CMVI. Can only stop a vehicle for a suspected arrestable offense. That comes from a 20+ year old SJC decision. The Mass Chiefs have been trying to correct it through simple legislation, but it is always blocked by the MSP union who are afraid of the locals getting too much extraterritorial authority.
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#4 Post by Avidlistner » 30 Nov 2013 21:40

"You are going to see more of this and the MA agreements currently in effect will be refined to allow MV infraction stops in neighboring towns. Right now a speeder, observed by police in one community, who makes it across a town/city line, cannot be stopped for that violation, or any CMVI"

The mutual aid agreement signed by the central mass towns did address this and went further to allow officers from one community to stop a vehicle for a motor vehicle infraction in a member community. For instance, an officer in Auburn traveling through Sturbridge has the authority to stop a speeder and issue a citation in Sturbridge. The mutual aid agreement has been upheld by area courts.

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