The entire police department of a small town in Massachusetts resigned Monday evening. The 1,233 residents of Blandford were advised to call the State Police should they need emergency services, reports Patch.com. The Police Department posted on Facebook shortly before 9 p.m. that its members resigned, effective immediately. It offered no explanation. The department is made up of an interim chief and three officers. According to a statement obtained by the Western Mass. News, the move came in response to the “current situation with the department” and “unsafe working conditions.” The statement cited poor equipment and wages of $14-15 per hour.
“We regret leaving the town without a town police force, but we have no choice given the situation that we face,.” the statement said. The Blandford Selectboard expressed disappointment and said it will continue to search for a new police chief. “It is unfortunate that [Interim Chief Roberta Sarnacki] led this officer walk out as she would have been considered as one of our candidates for Acting Chief position as we pursue the future opportunities with our police force,” the Selectboard said. “We have had multiple public meetings with our police force and have offered them the opportunity to engage and provide their opinions for the direction of the force.” Blandford is 20 miles west of Springfield.