People often feel unappreciated at work. They might talk about their feelings to the rest of the team, or maybe even a boss, and try to find some sort of solution. But, for a four-man police department in Blandford, Massachussets, feeling unappreciated in the line of duty meant resigning all at once, without notice.
The officers said they would no longer work for a "town that seemingly cares so little" about them. One of the things the department was distraught over was their forced merging with the town of Chester in an attempt to save money.
They said the following in an official statement:
We refuse to put our lives on the line anymore for a town that seemingly cares so little about us.
The four officers resigned in a mass email to the community board on Monday, and mentioned being underpaid, understaffed, facing a ton of safety hazards, and having insufficient equipment.
Blandford Select-Board Chair Cara Letendre said that the email caught the board off guard:
Honestly, it was a surprise for us that the police chose to walk out.
Some are saying the town of 1,200 probably doesn't need a police department:
There are 4 of you. 4.— IamTrueHate (@_IamTrueHate) August 1, 2018
You probably are more of a burden on the tax payer than hiring out a neighboring town.
Sounds like the MA State Police was already doing the heavy lifting in this town, and these four (!) were nothing more than glorified crossing guards.— Horatio Cornblower (@HoratioCorn2) August 2, 2018
They won't be missed.
Blandford citizens are much more likely to get Lyme disease than to need the police— The mf Open Doorley (@tchotchotch) August 2, 2018
Others are congratulating the town on the mass exit:
Controversy has surrounded police departments across the nation in recent years over police brutality and the killings of innocent and unarmed black men, women, and children.
The quadruple resignation didn't seem to bother Twitter:
Good riddance. The whole thing needs to be scrapped and rebuilt with specific rules against treating the citizens of this country as the enemy.— Dead Suzi (@Dead_Suzi) August 2, 2018
A shining example for police departments across the country!— ☭ is love (@ErichSBloodaxe) August 2, 2018
People expressed little sympathy for the four officers:
Oh poor babies. Were their feelings hurt? Whatever will the community do without them— Joey Routolo 🌹 (@joer138) August 2, 2018
There are good police officers but the bad ones continue to give everyone on the force a bad name:
I care about our police. I know the tough work they sometimes face and the critical work they do. Problem is a lot of cops are dirty, or racists and sometimes goddamed murderers. But until the good cops find the courage to purge the bad cops they will all suffer distrust.— Marky Mark Twain (@OldManRiver1800) August 2, 2018
Massachussets State Police have played an important role in the town of Blandford for quite some time now:
For decades the Massachusetts State Police have maintained a strong presence in the town of Blandford, providing police services on a daily basis and responding to emergency and routine calls for service to supplement the local department’s capabilities. State Police also exclusively provide police services in the town on the overnight shift.
They assured the people of the small town that they will continue to be protected:
We have notified town officials that we maintain our commitment to the town and will assume any additional duties required in the wake of the resignations of local officers. The residents of Blandford may be assured that the State Police will continue to protect their community.
An entire police department quitting on the spot might be a first, so at least there's that?