The ATV Patrol Unit safeguards agricultural areas, conservation land, undeveloped land and responds to emergencies in areas that are inaccessible by other vehicles. While patrolling, officers aggressively enforce trespassing and Massachusetts recreational vehicle laws.
Sergeant Michael Bearce leads the eleven officer unit. All of the ATV Patrol Unit officers have attended a rigorous training program established by the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council, which addresses operation and safety of the ATV, recreational vehicle laws and officer safety tactics.
The unit deploys two officers, each on a 2001 Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O. all terrain vehicle. The ATVs are equipped with first-aid and rescue equipment.
The ATV Patrol Unit was developed and implemented in April 2001 in response to problems identified through community input and analysis of calls for service regarding trespassing of recreational vehicles and damage to agricultural property.
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Lieutenant Michael Casey
Sergeant Michael Bearce