The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 24, 2006


Newly promoted Sergeant Scott Barnes stands next to the new cruiser. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)

New police cruiser arrives

Carlisle has a new police cruiser and it has a brand new look — black and gold lettering replaces the current blue and gold and the side panel not only proclaims it to be #8 in the police department fleet, but says" Community policing." The black and gold decoration against a white background also identifies the police department as a member of the North East Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC).

The $29,000 purchase price was approved by Town Meeting last May, and includes communications equipment that makes it possible to talk directly with other police departments and contact police in most of northwestern Massachusetts. Computer equipment in the new cruiser links directly to the Registry of Motor vehicles. Both of these functions were formerly channeled through the dispatcher at the police station.

The new equipment not only saves time in processing information, but by going on the NEMLEC frequency, any NEMLEC town can keep abreast of an ongoing emergency situation and work more effectively as a team. The trend to a regional, as opposed to an entirely local, police response brings each town greater strength in an emergency situation. Police Chief John Sullivan says that eventually all Carlisle cruisers will have NEMLEC's black and gold lettering, but that it seemed an unncecessary expense to redo all police vehicles at this time.

New cruiser hits deer

Chief Sullivan had been looking forward to the cruiser's arrival. When describing it, Sullivan said "Do you want the good news or the bad news?" The good news was, of course, to have a cruiser with these capabilities. The bad news came (see the Police blotter for details) on its first day on the road when it hit a deer while responding to a vehicle accident and damaged the grid. The repairs are not extensive and #8 will be back on the road shortly, so if any residents get the flashing blue light they should be aware that shiny and black and gold on white is just as official as the old colors.

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