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September 2021-Edition 38

Introduction

This monthly newsletter highlights actions of the Board and its meetings to inform residents and employees of Town business.


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Town Hall has reopened to the public, without the need for an appointment.

An advisory from the MA Department of Public Health (MDPH) has been issued for non-vaccinated and fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.

Shrewsbury, Worcester County is now categorized as “high” level of community transmission. Therefore, all employees and visitors in all municipal buildings are required to wear a face mask.*

*Exemptions from the Mask Requirement: Those with medical and other eligible conditions.

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Departmental Update #1: Shrewsbury Police Department

The Departmental Update begins HERE in the recording of the September 28, 2021 Board of Selectmen Meeting.


Chief Anderson gave an update on the new police station construction. They are three weeks into construction and the project is on budget and on time. He also summarized the hiring process that they go through to hire new officers. In 2021, they had 10 vacant positions. He explained some of the different challenges they face due to Covid-19 and other complexities of the hiring process. Chief Anderson explained how the department is constantly looking for and applying for grant opportunities to help improve services in Town for the residents of Shrewsbury, including a grant for a co-response mental health clinician and jail diversion program.


Chief Anderson summarized the various trainings that he requires for officers in the Town of Shrewsbury. These trainings range from de-escalation trainings, how to respond to mental health emergencies, and -Law Enforcement Officer Mental Wellness, Critical Incident Stress Management and Suicide Prevention. Other trainings that the department takes place in are the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) training, provided by Georgetown University, which two Sergeants participate in and then they are able to train officers in the department afterwards. ABLE training focuses on training officers to intervene when they

witness other officers or individuals acting inappropriately, including types of incidents such as using excessive force.


Chief Anderson also shared that the police department is actively updating all of the policies for the agency through the Lexipol Policies and Procedures partnership. Lexipol actively reviews legal updates, and updates their policies at least two times per year or more, if necessary (if laws are enacted or change quickly). The department has also updated their scheduling software.


Finally Chief Anderson gave an update on the department's efforts surrounding Lake Patrol in the Town of Shrewsbury. From Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2020, the police department had 419 Lake Incidents. From Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2021, the police department logged 749 Incidents, which marks a 78% increase. The Shrewsbury Police Department was part of a Lake Patrol Task Force. The Task Force is composed of law enforcement and vessels from

Shrewsbury and Worcester along with the Massachusetts Environmental Police, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.


Chief Anderson's presentation can be accessed HERE.

Board of Selectmen - September 14, 2021
Board of Selectmen - September 28, 2021

Board of Selectmen Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 12th, 7pm

100 Maple Avenue

Shrewsbury, MA

Selectmen's Meeting Room

Special Town Meeting

Monday, Oct. 18th, 7pm

45 Oak Street

Shrewsbury, MA

Oak Middle School Auditorium

Board of Selectmen Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 26th, 7pm

100 Maple Avenue

Shrewsbury, MA

Selectmen's Meeting Room

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The Board of Selectmen acts as the Town's Chief Executive Body responsible for the community's general welfare following guidelines set forth in Operational Policies for the Board of Selectmen. Specific powers and responsibilities of the Board of Selectmen are set forth in Chapter 559 of the Acts of 1953 which is better known as the Town Manager Act and the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.