GREAT BARRINGTON — Chief William Walsh is pleased to announce that the Great Barrington Police Department’s Community Police Academy will be held in January and residents are encouraged to sign up.
Program runs from Jan. 15-31 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m.
Great Barrington Police Department, 465 Main St.
Participants must be at least 18-years-old and must live or work in Great Barrington.
The Community Police Academy is designed for community members seeking to understand and learn about law enforcement and police services in Great Barrington.
Topics that the course will cover include: How police officers work, special police operations, use of force, policies and procedures, criminal law and investigations.
“This is a great opportunity for our residents to gain a better understanding of what our officers do and how we serve our community,” Chief Walsh said. “We hope to see a large turnout of participants and our officers look forward to getting to know some of our community members on a more personal level.”
Space is limited and eligible participants are required to submit an application. To download the application click here, and return it to the police station, 465 Main St.
For more information or to enroll contact Sgt. Adam Carlotto by calling 413-528-0306 ext. 143 or email [email protected].
Cottage Street Bridge Closing to All Traffic beginning December 19.
The Town of Great Barrington, acting on a notice from the Massachusettes Department of Transportation, will close the Cottage Street bridge to all vehicular traffic beginning Wednesday, Dec. 19 at noon.
The town-owned bridge will remain closed until temporary repairs are completed. Sidewalks will remain open and detour signs are being installed in the neighborhood.
Earlier this year, DOT designated $5 million in state transportation funds for a complete replacement of the 84-year-old span, but those funds are not available until 2023. However, in a recent routine annual inspection of the bridge, DOT identified deficiencies that warranted closure to vehicles.
Engineers for the town are working on a design for the repair plan, which would allow the bridge to re-open. Details on this engineering work will be forthcoming.
GREAT BARRINGTON — Chief William Walsh is pleased to announce that the Great Barrington Police Department has joined the Near Miss Initiative in order to help improve officer safety.
Through its participation with Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) Near Miss, the Great Barrington Police Department will take the important step of providing a platform for officers to promote safety and wellness, peer learning and the sharing of lessons from other officers across the country.
LEO Near Miss is a voluntary, non-disciplinary initiative that is designed to improve officer safety nationwide. It works by enabling law enforcement personnel to share near miss information, including event summaries and lessons learned with other officers, which can be used to prevent future near misses and critical incidents.
The initiative is anonymous and the LEO Near Miss system does not capture any tracking information from those who upload incidents into the system.
A “near miss” is any incident that could have resulted in an officer being seriously injured or killed if not for a fortunate break in the chain of events. Near misses can occur any time during the performance of law enforcement duties and, at times, can include situations like armed subjects, domestic disputes, theft and shootings.
Regardless of the situation, a near miss provides lessons learned, and reporting a near miss allows fellow officers to learn from these incidents so they can go home safely to their loved ones after every shift.
“With our participation in this initiative, we’re taking a critical step toward ensuring our officers are safe when they’re serving the community,” Chief Walsh said. “By sharing reports of near-miss incidents, our officers will be able to both access and provide potentially life-saving information with their peers and make the work they do far less unpredictable.”
To see reports from LEO Near Miss, click here.
GREAT BARRINGTON — Chief William Walsh reports that the Great Barrington Police Department is investigating after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle.
Great Barrington Police and Fire units responded to a location on Stockbridge Road at 7 p.m. Friday. Upon arrival, rescuers found the victim, a 75-year-old Connecticut woman, laying on the ground with head trauma and chest injuries. The victim was taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield with serious injuries. She is expected to survive, according to hospital officials.
The driver remained at the scene and was cooperative with police.
A preliminary investigation indicates that the pedestrian was crossing the roadway from the Holiday Inn Express to the Jennifer House Commons when she was struck.
Traffic was reduced to one lane in the area during the emergency response and investigation. Monterey and Stockbridge Police also responded to the scene to provide mutual aid.