Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council

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The Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council sometimes called "MetroLEC," is a regional mutual aid facilitator formed by 45 police agencies in the area near Boston, Massachusetts. It pools resources to provide SWAT, canine, hostage negotiation, computer crimes, motorcycle and other units throughout the area.[1]

Agencies that belong to MetroLEC include:[2]

MetroLEC claims it is a private organization. It does not have a web site. The group was established sometime before 2004.[3] Richard Stillman, the Walpole chief of police served as the group's president for ten years.[3] By 2017, Canton Police Chief Ken Berkowitz was the group's leader.[4]

Its fleet includes at least one armored car and a mobile command post.[1] Press reports indicated that in 2016 it used its SWAT unit twenty-six times.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they're private corporations, immune from open records laws, by Radley Balko, 26 June 2014 Washington Post
  2. ^ http://www.massmostwanted.org/index.cfm?ac=MetroLEC, accessed 27 June 2014
  3. ^ a b Waldpole Police official web site, Programs & Initiatives page, accessed 27 June 2014
  4. ^ a b Russell, Jena (17 June 2017). "His parents said he just needed to sleep. A SWAT team came instead". Boston Globe. Retrieved 18 July 2017.