Adams Police Department

In the early 1890s, the people of Adams were shocked by prevalent alcohol abuse and its associated crime. The local newspaper, The Adams Freeman, and local clergymen united to crusade against a specific violation of the law; the sale of alcohol on Sunday. They campaigned to have the law strictly enforced. On April 1,1895 enough votes were cast to forbid the sale of alcohol in the Town of Adams. It's obvious that the enforcement of this new law would require an established police force. Police had been on the streets of Adams but were hired as needed at the discretion of the Board of Selectmen. In 1881 and 1882 the Board of Selectmen proposed the establishment of a police department on the Town Warrant but nothing happened. Instead the Selectmen were budgeted an annual amount to be sued for the police. That budget item gradually grew from $800 in 1891 to $1000 in 1894 and then tripled in 1895 when the department was officially formed. On May 1,1895 the Adams Police Department was sworn in. The first police force consisted of three men: Chief Thomas Curran; Captain John Hodecker, and patrolman John Hiser. In the town report for the fiscal year ending March 1,1896 the Chief wrote, "There are two men on duty during the night and one during the day. The chief does patrol duty as well as the other men and the night and day duty is equally divided, so that each man has one week of day work out of every three." He also reported that the police department badly needed a new station house. The present lockup was next to useless, having only four cells, just large enough for a hanging cot, and a main room hardly four times as large. At the April 6th Town Meeting, funds were appropriated to "purchase a site and erect thereon a building to be used as a police station and a lockup." Later that month, two more patrolmen were appointed: Henry Brodeur and John Ford. Seven months later, the police station and lockup was completed and occupied. At the end of the century, a large number of immigrants came to Adams for employment. Between 1895 and 1900 the population increased 42% or 3297 people. Back to top ADAMS POLICE 1900's In 1900, two more patrolmen were added: William Chalmers and Edward Cassidy. Arrests increased 24% that year and the chief attributed it to the large increase in population. A riot took place on Sunday, September 24, 1905 at the Polish Catholic Services. A three-way fight erupted between the police and two factions of Polish Catholics. For a while the police were overwhelmed. The obtained reinforcements and suppressed the mob. For the previous five years Chief Curran had been requesting a private telephone system to connect his men on the beat with the station. The year after the riot, call boxes were installed. Patrolmen began using the telephones to report to the station house on a regular schedule. Chief Thomas Curran was replaced by his captain John Hodecker in 1908. The force consisted of a captain and six patrolmen as it had been for the previous eight years. The average number of annual arrests for those years was 585. The most frequent reason for arrest was "drunkenness." Between 1900 and 1910, Adams' population grew 17% or 1829 people to total 13,026. On July 22, 1911a mentally ill Syrian immigrant living in North Adams opened fire on his fellow passengers in a crowed trolley car as it approached the North Adams - Adams line. Three people were killed and five were injured. The man tried to escape but was captured by the other passengers. He was committed to Bridgewater State Prison for the Criminally Insane. In 1917 there were 1067 arrests, the largest number in the history of the town. Two appointments were made to the force that year; William Vincelette and Albert Baran, the first Polish speaking patrolman. Back to top ADAMS POLICE 1920's On December 22, 1921 Patrolman Charles Daniels was shot in the abdomen while grappling with a bigamist who escaped from the County Jail. He assisted in bringing him to the police station before being treated at the Plunkett Hospital. In that same year, Chief Hodecker retired for health reasons. He was replaced by Edward Cassidy who had been on the force since 1900. His first report to the Town of Adams requested a Woman Special Police Officer to act as Matron and "Censor at public dances." He stated, "our department is often embarrassed in dealing with women prisoners, and we receive many complaints from the manner in which public dances are sometimes conducted." He also expressed the need for a motor vehicle in the Police Department. The force finally got that police car in 1925, a "second hand" one. In 1926 three new patrolmen were added to the force: Ovila "Pete" Fillion, Stanley Zelazo and Daniel Holleran. Chief Cassidy remarked: "none of these men had had previous police experience, and while they are all doing good work, it goes without saying that police officers cannot be trained in one year." Maybe the chief was expressing the need for adequate training or maybe he was commenting on the fact that policemen (and chiefs) were appointed for reasons other than their qualifications. Before the existence of the Civil Service System, elected officials appointed whoever they wanted. Adams reached its peak population of 13,500 in 1925. The growing problem for the department was traffic control. In 1927, the chief reported that it was "difficult controlling traffic with autos and trolleys on the street together." The department got help when they received an Indian motorcycle and Albert Baran was made "motor-cycle officer." In 1929, the department purchased a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle to help police the traffic. In the same year, Thomas Morton was appointed patrolmen and assistant to motorcycle officer Baran. Back to top ADAMS POLICE 1930's The last trolley car passed through Adams on August 30, 1930. One of Chief Cassidy's traffic problems was eliminated. With more room on Park Street he established diagonal parking on the east side and parallel parking on the west. In 1933, three new officers were appointed: Chester Dydowicz, Herbert Kointke and Albert Volpi. The Chief also complained that the 7-passenger 1928 Pierce Arrow, which the department was using, was "too large and conspicuous" and that a smaller sedan would be of better use. The next year, a brand new 1934 Ford sedan was purchased. In the annual reports of 1936, the selectmen chose not to re-appoint Chief Cassidy. In stead they appointed Edward Reid to be police chief. Also in 1936, three new patrolmen were appointed: Fred Major, Frank Kopec and John Cousoule. In 1937, Lawrence Clarkson was appointed patrolman. The next year, 1938, Henry Brodeur retired. He was appointed in 1896 and served on the force for 42 years, the longest service record in the department. The Annual Town Meeting of 1939 voted to put the police department appointments under Civil Service. Candidates for appointment to the force would have to pass a test to qualify for positions. This protected the police from being pawns in political electoneering and increased professionalism in the department. Also in 1939 patrolman Raymond Eichorn shot and killed a prisoner who escaped from the Berkshire County jail. After an investigation, Officer Eichorn was cleared of any wrong but he was shaken by the ordeal and he resigned three years later. Back to top ADAMS POLICE 1940-1950's A change in Federal Labor laws in 1940 prompted a shortening of the work schedule. Officers were granted one day off for every 13 they worked. There was still no special compensation for work on Sundays, holidays and the night shift. As a result, a reserve force was created. This change anticipated the coming of World War II and the loss of available men to fill the ranks of the department. The first reserve force consisted of Charles Schofield, Ray Guettler, Laurent Simard, and John Tarsa (pictured left). A woman became a member of the department in 1941 to serve as matron. Chief Cassidy had first requested one in 1921 but it was 20 years later that Sadie McPeck was appointed. John Tarsa was appointed permanent patrolman when he was discharged from the military. IN 1949, Harold Jones and John Soderstrom were appointed. In that year, an additional captain and patrolman were added to the force which now included 15 men plus reserves. That number would increase to 17 in 1952. Additional personnel were needed because the department began the 40-hour workweek. Four appointments were made: Ray Guettler, George Little, Gino Balardini and Nobert Fillion. In 1950, the police organized Police Athletic League basketball that created activity for young boy athletes. This is the first time in the department's history that the police conducted an organized program in which they interacted with community members beyond the usual scope of law enforcement. The police chief chaired the league but officer Gino Balardini managed it. It has been very successful and was expanded in the 1980's to include girl basketball teams. The program is still in effect today. In 1955 a school patrol was established as crossing guards for school children. In 1957, Percival Sherman was appointed permanent patrolman and Norm Gamari as a reserve. In 1958 bicycle registration was enacted and 1,082 bicycles were licensed. This system was in effect until 1974 when Massachusetts Correctional Institutions stopped making the plates. In 1959 Fred Major retired, Norm Gamari became a permanent patrolman and parking meters were installed in the business district. They went into effect on July 17, 1959 and were not replaced until 1999. Also in that year, the new police vehicle was a station wagon. The then popular cars with extra cargo room replaced the sedans. Back to top ADAMS POLICE 1960's The beginning of the 1960s was the end of Chief Edward Reid's career. He retired having served all but one year on the force as chief. The next day Frank Kopec (pictured left) was appointed as his replacement. In 1960, Edward Olszowy and Joseph Charon were appointed permanent patrolmen. In 1961, Richard Giroux and Theodore Ostrobinski were appointed to the force. In 1965 John Coussoule retired and was replaced by Samuel Delmolino. George Little suffered a heart attack on the job and died. He is the only police officer to die while on duty. Edward Santerre joined the force at that time. In 1966 Fred Hobart was appointed and Chet Dydowicz retired. Chief Frank Kopec retired in 1968 and was replaced by John Tarsa. Bruce McLaren was appointed a reserve patrolman that year, and Joseph Cardonnel retired. Chief Tarsa embraced the technological advances in police work. The year he was appointed, radar guns were first employed to control speeding motorists. The old telephone pole call boxes were replaced with two-way radios. This allowed the desk captain to instantaneously contact the officers walking the beat. The budget for these two new electronic systems almost equaled the cost of a patrol car. Chief Tarsa also oversaw the institution of a new rank of officers, the sergeants. Instead of three captains there were now two and one captain was replaced by two sergeants. In 1969 Larry Clarkson retired and Bruce McLaren was made a permanent patrolman. Back to top ADAMS POLICE 1970-1980's In 1970 Chief Tarsa implemented a Drug Program with booklets, publication of which was sponsored by public-spirited businessmen, Distribution was made through the cooperation of the local Boy Scouts. In 1971 four officers were trained in the use of the town's breathalyzer. In 1973 laws were changed and drunkenness was decriminalized. The law also lowered the drinking age to 18 from 21, which increased the drinking problem. The first two years of the 1980s began with new challenges, new directions and new solutions to old problems. Traffic laws changed and the "turn right on red" was legal. The drinking age returned to 21 in Massachusetts and neighboring states. A murder occurred in Adams; the last one occurred in 1911. The Police Department became the communication center dispatching the ambulance, fire department and monitoring the security alarms that were wired into their system. On March 9, 1982 Chief John Tarsa died and Bruce A. McLaren was appointed acting chief eight days later. In 1983, the new Police Academy in Agawam was opened. The training center in Western Massachusetts was one component in professionalizing the police force. In the mid 1980s, two unusual issues were addressed: crimes against children and the protection of pedestrians. School children were alerted to the potential threat of strangers by presentations from "McGruff." In 1984 and 1985 pedestrians were the victims of traffic accidents. Two pedestrians were killed in two years. Four orange barrels with signs alerting motorists of pedestrians' rights were placed on Park Street. In 1985 after a successful investigation, Officer Bruce Farnam arrested "a major drug dealer who was found to have been dealing in pounds of marijuana which were being sold to youths in town." On April 12, 1989, the Board of Selectmen signed a mutual aid agreement with the communities that participate in the Berkshire County Drug Task Force. The department had belonged to the task force for several years, but Adams officers lacked the authority to participate in investigations outside Adams. In 1986 two lengthy investigations led to three individuals being charged in drug trafficking in cocaine. Chief McLaren credited the Task Force, which included Adams Officers: Larry Ordyna, Bruce Farnam, and Allen Mendel, the State Police and other Municipal Departments. In 1987 The DARE program was instituted in the 5th & 6th grades. The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program was conducted over a period of 17 weeks by Officer David Clark. In 1988 the Police Department organized the first non-alcoholic, all-night graduation party at Hoosac Valley High School. This was an alternative to the post graduation parties that were notorious for being potentially dangerous situations. Attendance at the first party was 90% of the graduating class. The parties have been held ever since then. Back to top ADAMS POLICE 1990's In the 1990's video equipment was purchased that recorded persons placed under arrest for operating under the influence of alcohol. The tapes were used as proof to convict the drivers in the courts. In 1991 all incoming telephone calls were recorded. In 1994 the 911 system was instituted and the personnel receiving the call would immediately know the origin of the phone call. In 1992 and 1993 two local townspeople donated new Glock pistols and ammunition to the police department. Two years later bulletproof vests were purchased for every member of the department. In 1987 Chief McLaren first reported that steps were being taken to build a new station. Talks were serious and searches for new locations were earnest, but a plan did not formalize for another nine years. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on October 24, 1996, to commence the construction of an addition to the old town hall and the demolition of the old police station. Chief McLaren, who was the strongest advocate for a new police station, was never able to see it built. He retired his position on August 26, 1996 because of ill health. He died six days after the groundbreaking ceremonies in October. The new facility was named in his honor when it was dedicated on May 10, 1997. The new police chief appointed by the Board of Selectmen was Herman C. Bishop. He had been a member of the department since 1972. In May 1997, a new type of community policing was established - the bike patrol. Officers Don Poirot and Scott McWhirt became the first officers to patrol on bicycles. On September 20, 1997 Donna Malloy was appointed the first woman permanent patrol officer in the history of the department.

Mission: Our mission is to provide an exemplary level of service, ensuring safety and a peaceful quality of life to our residents, the businesses of the Town of Adams and to all who visit our community. The Adams Police Department is committed to prevent crime, maintain order and promote a safe environment through problem solving, and the promotion of trust and mutual respect within our community.

Lost Dog 🐕 Found on upper Bellevue ave wearing an E-collar and an old rabies tag.  Please call the station with info ...
07/20/2019

Lost Dog 🐕

Found on upper Bellevue ave wearing an E-collar and an old rabies tag. Please call the station with info for an owner

Officers today got a call for turtle in a backyard. Oh a little turtle 🐢 how could that be much of an issue?  Well it...
07/19/2019

Officers today got a call for turtle in a backyard. Oh a little turtle 🐢 how could that be much of an issue? Well it was a dinosaur 🦖. #teenagemutantninjaturtles

We found the owner!

Please be aware that there has been a significant amount of reports of people getting potential scam calls.   If anyone ...
07/18/2019

Please be aware that there has been a significant amount of reports of people getting potential scam calls. If anyone ever calls you and request you send them “ITunes” gift cards or green dot cards or cash to get money in return, it is always a scam. If you have any questions on the legitimacy of phone call requesting money or information please contact the police department and we will help you out.

Officer Crane and K9 Kumar held a demonstration today!  Thanks kids for being such a great audience.
07/08/2019

Officer Crane and K9 Kumar held a demonstration today! Thanks kids for being such a great audience.

TEAMWORKAt approximately 1148 hours Adams Police Department along with Adams Fire Department, and Adams Ambulance Servic...
07/01/2019

TEAMWORK

At approximately 1148 hours Adams Police Department along with Adams Fire Department, and Adams Ambulance Service responded to Howland Avenue in the area of Specialty Minerals Inc. for a report of a vehicle fully engulfed in flames.

The officers on scene wanted to recognize an off-duty North Adams Firefighter that had stopped to assist the motorist, and employees of Specialty Minerals who had arrived with fire extinguishers prior to Adams Fire’s response. Once the scene was secured by police, Adams Fire quickly went to work to extinguish the flames.

There were no injuries reported, and as all vehicle fires the incident is under investigation by the Adams Fire Department / Adams Police Department.

Awesome teamwork by all involved!

Officer Colby Clark may have transferred to the Westbrook Police Department, but he still has the heart and soul of the ...
07/01/2019

Officer Colby Clark may have transferred to the Westbrook Police Department, but he still has the heart and soul of the APD! #SweetHat #CopsOnTop

Officers on patrol this evening stopped by Ashley’s fruit punch stand for a refreshing beverage on this hot evening! I...
06/30/2019

Officers on patrol this evening stopped by Ashley’s fruit punch stand for a refreshing beverage on this hot evening! If you see Ashley out on Pleasant Street the officers can vouch for the great fruit punch. Thank you to her step-mother for sending this to our page!

06/21/2019

****PRESS RELEASE****

Subject: Search Warrant Arrest

On June 21, 2019 in a coordinated effort between the Adams Police Department, North Adams Police Department, Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force, and Federal Agents assigned to the ATF closed a lengthy investigation headed by the North Adams Police Detective Bureau with the execution of a search warrant this morning on Burt Street in the Town of Adams.

Service of the Warrant was completed by members of the Berkshire County Special Response Team (SWAT). As a result of the search warrant one loaded 9mm handgun, 278 bags of heroin, 60 grams of crack cocaine, and $5,893.00 in US currency were seized. Furthermore three individuals within the home were arrested in connection with the distribution of these drugs in and around the Northern Berkshire County area.

These three individuals will be arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on both firearm and drug offenses.

The Adams Police Department would like to thank it’s officers and the agencies involved in continuing to ensure that our town is a safe community for our residents and visitors alike.

UPDATE: Owner Located.Located on Melrose Street.Please share.Contact the Adams Police Department with any information.41...
06/21/2019

UPDATE: Owner Located.

Located on Melrose Street.

Please share.

Contact the Adams Police Department with any information.

413-743-1212

See attached article in regards to previous post involving breaking and entering and other related charges.https://www.i...
06/18/2019
Adams Man Facing Charges Related to 2 Break-ins

See attached article in regards to previous post involving breaking and entering and other related charges.

https://www.iberkshires.com/blog/iBerkshiresBlotter/3892/Adams-Man-Facing-Charges-Related-to-2-Break-ins.html

Home About Archives RSS Feed Adams Man Facing Charges Related to 2 Break-ins 05:25PM / Monday June 17, 2019 ADAMS, Mass. — Police arrested have arrested an Adams man thought to be connected to two break-ins earlier this month. Andrew D. Allard, 32, was arrested June 14 after making his way ...

On June 11, 2019 patrol officers responded to the Upton Street area for what the homeowner reported as a breaking and en...
06/13/2019

On June 11, 2019 patrol officers responded to the Upton Street area for what the homeowner reported as a breaking and entering into his home. The homeowner who was not home at the time alerted the police department as he had gotten a notification from his home security system showing someone in his home. Officers on scene cleared the residence and based on the footage provided by the homeowner started to conduct an area search for a suspect well known to the police department and immediately identified from the footage.

Within a couple hours, patrol officers after an extensive search throughout town at known locations to the suspect arrested the individual who was still wearing the same clothes as depicted in the video surveillance film.

The arrest was a result of quick work and complete dedication by our patrol division in ensuring this individual was located.

The suspect was transported to District Court this morning for arraignment on the following charges.

Charges:
M.G.L. Ch. 266 Sec. 18/B - Breaking and Entering in the Daytime for a Felony
M.G.L. Ch. 266 Sec. 20 - Larceny From a Building

This subject was already out on conditions of release for similar charges and subsequently released post arraignment on personal recognizance.

Please stay vigilant and lock your windows, doors and vehicles.

Yesterday evening while on patrol, officers observed many juveniles out riding their bikes. It was awesome to see our co...
06/12/2019

Yesterday evening while on patrol, officers observed many juveniles out riding their bikes. It was awesome to see our community kids out enjoying the weather, but unfortunately many of the juveniles they observed did not have helmets on to protect their heads!

An encounter with these two resulted in two new helmets so that they could continue to enjoy riding their bikes!

As a safety reminder, we ask that you always wear your helmet while riding your bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and inline skates!

How awesome is it that we have the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail that runs through our town! Great seeing so many people out...
06/06/2019

How awesome is it that we have the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail that runs through our town! Great seeing so many people out there this evening.

Please remember all the rules and regulations of the rail trail, don’t forget to wear your helmets, and be safe!

For more information visit: https://www.mass.gov/locations/ashuwillticook-rail-trail or contact the DCR office at (413) 442-8928

Field Day Fun at HVES with Special Guest - Officer Derby and the Copcicle truck! #freeze
06/06/2019

Field Day Fun at HVES with Special Guest - Officer Derby and the Copcicle truck! #freeze

Deaf and Hard of Hearing PlacardThe Adams Police Department patrolmen have been given the deaf and hard of hearing placa...
06/05/2019

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Placard

The Adams Police Department patrolmen have been given the deaf and hard of hearing placard to further assist with interacting with the deaf and hard of hearing motoring public.

The Massachusetts Commision for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) has come up with and are distributing the placards to the deaf and hard of hearing community as well as law enforcement agencies throughout the state. This is an attempt to help with the communication barrier between law enforcement and the deaf and hard of hearing motoring public.

For additional information in regards to the MCDHH please visit their website : www.mass.gov/MCDHH

Missing Dog found in the Willow Street area.   Please help us find the owner.
06/05/2019

Missing Dog found in the Willow Street area. Please help us find the owner.

This week Ofc. Crane and Kumar attended annual career fairs at Hoosac Valley and MCLA. This consisted of 8th grade stude...
05/31/2019

This week Ofc. Crane and Kumar attended annual career fairs at Hoosac Valley and MCLA. This consisted of 8th grade students from across the county who have an interest in a law enforcement career.

Some of our officers that participated in the Memorial Day Parade this morning. 🇺🇸 More pictures to follow.
05/27/2019

Some of our officers that participated in the Memorial Day Parade this morning. 🇺🇸

More pictures to follow.

Tomorrow we honor and remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms while servi...
05/27/2019

Tomorrow we honor and remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Join us tomorrow morning for the Memorial Day Parade. The parade will step off at 10:00 a.m. from the former Adams Memorial School and conclude with the traditional ceremony at the Maple Street Cemetery. The usual route will be followed:

o Columbia Street to Hoosac Street
o Hoosac Street to Summer Street
o Summer Street to Center Street
o Center Street to Park Street
o Park Street to Maple Street

Please be prepared for road closures and expect delays.

-Adams Police Department

Officers completed the 13.1 today!
05/20/2019

Officers completed the 13.1 today!

The Steel Rail Half Marathon is underway!  Please be patient as runners make their way to crossings on Route 8. #rainrai...
05/19/2019

The Steel Rail Half Marathon is underway! Please be patient as runners make their way to crossings on Route 8. #rainraingoaway

Adams Police Department's cover photo
05/19/2019

Adams Police Department's cover photo

Thank you so much to the Hoosac Valley Elementary School students for the wonderful snacks for Police Appreciation Week!
05/18/2019

Thank you so much to the Hoosac Valley Elementary School students for the wonderful snacks for Police Appreciation Week!

Ofc. Crane and Kumar certified this week at their annual MAPWDA seminar. The seminar was held at Westover Air Force base...
05/17/2019

Ofc. Crane and Kumar certified this week at their annual MAPWDA seminar. The seminar was held at Westover Air Force base. Kumar certified in obedience, tracking, building searches, area/article searches, aggression control, and narcotics detection. Kumar is a dual purpose dog with the title of utility dog.

The Boston Bruins are Eastern Conference Champions and advance to the Stanley Cup® Final! Let’s go black and gold! Gr...
05/17/2019

The Boston Bruins are Eastern Conference Champions and advance to the Stanley Cup® Final!

Let’s go black and gold! Great colors 😎

Boston Bruins

FULL-TIME OFFICER APPOINTMENTYesterday evening at the Selectmen’s Meeting, the board voted to ratify the appointment o...
05/16/2019

FULL-TIME OFFICER APPOINTMENT

Yesterday evening at the Selectmen’s Meeting, the board voted to ratify the appointment of Christopher Whitney to the position of full-time patrolman.

Whitney is a 17 year veteran of law enforcement and comes to the Adams Police Department after working in both the City of Pittsfield, and the City of North Adams. Whitney has an extensive amount of training and experience that he brings with him to our department.

We are excited to have Whitney added to our ranks. We welcome him and his family, and thank the Town of Adams and Board of Selectmen for their continued support.

On October 1, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a bill into law to recognize May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Da...
05/15/2019

On October 1, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a bill into law to recognize May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day which pays tribute to the local, state, and federal peace officers who have died in the line of duty.

Please take a moment of your day today for a moment of silence to honor the officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones across the country.

In 2018 there were 163 line of duty deaths in the United States. This includes 2 officers from Massachusetts; Sergeant Michael Chesna from the Weymouth Police Department, and Sergeant Sean Gannon from the Yarmouth Police Department.

Honor their dedication, honor their commitment, honor their sacrifice.

-Adams Police Department

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in the world! A very special Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers of our police o...
05/12/2019

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in the world! A very special Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers of our police officers, and spouses of our officers who have children.

“To the world you are a mother, to our family you are the world”

Lost dog found in the area of North Summer St
05/11/2019

Lost dog found in the area of North Summer St

The Adams Police Department would like to congratulate Chief Jason Wood of the North Adams Police Department on his appo...
05/03/2019

The Adams Police Department would like to congratulate Chief Jason Wood of the North Adams Police Department on his appointment and swearing in as the new Chief of Police of our neighboring community. We wish you well in your new position and look forward to working alongside you and the officers of the NAPD.

#NorthAdamsMA swearing in new Police Chief Jason Wood. See our story here: http://tinyurl.com/y3whwlgo

Update:  Owner LocatedDog found on East Road!  Call the Adams Police.
05/03/2019

Update: Owner Located

Dog found on East Road! Call the Adams Police.

Town of Adams
04/27/2019
Town of Adams

Town of Adams

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE FOREST WARDEN:

TOWN OF ADAMS NOTICE OF OPEN BURNING 2019

OPEN BURNING FOR AGRICULTURAL DEBRIS, EXCLUDING LEAVES, GRASS, STUMPS, TRASH AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS WILL BEGIN JANUJARY 15, 2019 AND END MAY 1, 2019. BURNING IS PERMITTED BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 10:00 A.M. AND 4:00 P.M. FIRES MUST BE AT LEAST 75 FEET FROM ANY BUILDING AND BE ATTENDED TO AND UNDER CONTROL AT ALL TIMES. OPEN BURNING WILL BE ALLOWED BY PERMIT ONLY.

PERMITS CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING FOREST WARDEN RICHARD G. KLEINER AT (413) 743-3592 EXT. 11 BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9:00 A.M. AND 1:00 P.M. PERMITS MAY ALSO BE OBTAINED BY GOING ONLINE AT www.bcburnpermits.com AND SCROLL DOWN TO THE TOWN OF ADAMS.

MASSACHUSETTS LAW DOES NOT PERMIT OPEN BURNING AT ANY TIME OTHER THAN WHAT IS STATED ABOVE.

RICHARD G. KLEINER
FOREST WARDEN
TOWN OF ADAMS

The officers of the Adams Police Department are dedicated to the safety of our citizens and preserving a safe community ...
04/22/2019

The officers of the Adams Police Department are dedicated to the safety of our citizens and preserving a safe community for our residents, and visitors. We do this through our tireless patrol functions in order to detect, deter, and prevent crime, and though we try our hardest we cannot be everywhere or see everything. This is where we call on our citizens to assist by “see something, say something”. Together with your help we can continue to ensure that the Town of Adams is the greatest town in Berkshire County.

#SeeSomethingSaySomething
#AdamsProud

Emergency Number : 911
Adams Police Department : 413-743-1212

Update: Traffic is back to normal! Detour.   Please seek an alternate route.  Route 8 by the rotary in Adams will have s...
04/21/2019

Update: Traffic is back to normal!

Detour. Please seek an alternate route. Route 8 by the rotary in Adams will have significant delays due to a disabled tractor trailer truck.

ACADEMY GRADUATION Please join us in congratulating Officer Michael Rossi who graduated from the Western Massachusetts P...
04/12/2019

ACADEMY GRADUATION

Please join us in congratulating Officer Michael Rossi who graduated from the Western Massachusetts Police Academy today as part of the 58th ROC after 26 weeks of training.

We look forward to having Officer Rossi back at the department and within the community of Adams.

Welcome aboard Officer Rossi, a job well done!

VANDALISMPatrol Officers responded to the World War 1 Memorial Park on Columbia Street this morning for a report of vand...
04/06/2019

VANDALISM

Patrol Officers responded to the World War 1 Memorial Park on Columbia Street this morning for a report of vandalism that had occurred to the ground spot-lights that illuminate the American Flag posted at the park.

Officers on scene noted that based on the footprints in the freshly fallen snow that it appears an individual walked from the bike path, destroyed the two lights, and then continued walking onto Columbia Street.

If you know someone who is bragging about doing such a senseless act to the Memorial Park that honors our Veterans please contact the Adams Police Department.

413-743-1212

#Community #HonorOurVeterans

UPDATE: Owner located. Thank you.Found on Bieniek Avenue. Please contact the station if you are the owner, or know the o...
04/02/2019

UPDATE: Owner located. Thank you.

Found on Bieniek Avenue.

Please contact the station if you are the owner, or know the owner of this dog.

413-743-1212

Please share.

This evening, patrol officers responded to a residence in town for a medical emergency. Without going into detail, it re...
04/02/2019

This evening, patrol officers responded to a residence in town for a medical emergency. Without going into detail, it required a joint effort between all available Adams Ambulance crew members and police officers on duty to complete the task.

Adams Ambulance dropped off some treats to the station to thank the officers that assisted on the scene. It was a simple gesture by the EMTs, and a reminder of the great working relationship between the police department , ambulance service, fire department, and dispatchers working together for the members of our community.

P.s They aren’t donuts but I guess we will live 🤣

This morning at approximately 01:00 AM, patrol officers were dispatched to the area of the Greylock Glen for a suspiciou...
04/01/2019

This morning at approximately 01:00 AM, patrol officers were dispatched to the area of the Greylock Glen for a suspicious male party called in by a hiker, reported to be approximately 6’ 9” with a muscular build and was said to be carrying items into the woods.

Upon arrival, officers observed a party in Jaeschke Orchards on Gould Road matching the description given. Officers observed the party attempting to uproot apple trees from the orchard. Officers observed the party had already uprooted approximately 20 trees. Officers immediately announced their presence and advised the party to stop.

The suspicious male party took off running through the orchard westbound back into the Greylock Glen area. Additional resources were called in to assist in the big foot chase.

At approximately 01:30 AM, officers took the party into custody without further incident.

At the booking room the male party did not possess any identification and was unable to provide the booking Sergeant any identifiable information.

Utilizing the departments LiveScan digital fingerprint machine there was a hit on the prints provided through the FBI database.

Name: FOOT, BIG
Aliases: SASQUATCH; YETI
D.O.B: April 1, 1820
Address: Homeless
Height: 6’9”
Weight: 400 lbs
Hair Color: brown / red
Eye Color: brown

It was concluded that the male party has been on the FBI’s most wanted list, and there were over 1,000 active extraditable warrants for his arrest throughout the United States. He will be arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court this morning for the charges from this department and being a fugitive from justice. He will be transferred to the U.S. Marshals later this week for further charges.

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03/26/2019

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Full-Time Police Officer Vacancy

The Town of Adams is looking to immediately fill a vacancy for a full-time police officer position within the ranks of the Adams Police Department. The Adams Police Department is a full-service police agency located in Berkshire County and serves the Town of Adams with a population of approximately 8,500 people.

The department is seeking a highly motivated, proactive police officer for this position. Applicants must have successfully completed a MPTC full-time police academy; be at least 21 years of age; possess a Class A License to Carry Firearms; possess solid problem-solving ability; and have strong verbal and written communication skills. Candidates will be subject to a background investigation, medical evaluation, physical abilities test, and oral interview. A career with the Adams Police Department offers challenge, excitement, variety, teamwork, job satisfaction, opportunities for special assignments and career development, opportunities for promotion, as well as a salary and benefits.

Applications may be picked up at the Town Administrator’s Office 8 Park Street Adams, MA 01220 (M-TH 8:00AM-5:00PM) or www.town.adams.ma.us

All applications should be submitted via postal mail or to [email protected] by 5:00PM April 24, 2019.

Please see postings for additional information.

Questions may be forwarded to Lieutenant Briggs: [email protected]

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