The Williamstown Select Board Wednesday released a statement in response to concerns raised by the town's police officers and discussed the process the board is undertaking to review police policies.
The board then heard from constituents that the former goes too far and the latter does not go far enough.
Chair Jane Patton began the conversation by reading a statement of the board that expressed its support for the local police force while acknowledging some of the issues that have led many in the community to distrust the agency.
"The board wholeheartedly supports and appreciates the work of all members of the Williamstown Police Department to ensure our community's safety and security," the statement began. "We recognize and are grateful that many of the members of the department have served our community for decades."
The board statement came in its first meeting since the president of the local police union released a letter accusing the board of not supporting law enforcement.
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