Officers and staff at the Williamstown Police Department say they believe efforts to address perceived racism in town hall and at the police department have created “an environment of hostility” toward police.

A letter Monday to the Select Board and to the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee says officers are being unfairly maligned.

The letter asks the Select Board to step in, help ease the tension and show that it supports the Police Department.

One member of the DIRE committee, Bilal Ansari, responded by saying any Williamstown police officer is welcome to come to the committee meetings, where their input would be welcome, but reiterated that there are some serious allegations regarding some members of the force that need to be dealt with.

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