Berkshires has only one officer who can testify for pot-related OUIs

Berkshires has only one officer who can testify for pot-related OUIs

With pot on the rise in Berkshire County, a unique set of challenges is facing county police departments: What to do about enforcement? Currently, there’s only one officer in the county who has undertaken Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training. Officer Brennan Polidoro of the Lanesborough Police Department is the county’s lone DRE certified officer, which […]

Egremont police chief says he won’t renew his contract

Egremont police chief says he won’t renew his contract

EGREMONT — The town’s police chief, Erik Josephson, has disclosed that when his contract expires in June he does not plan to ask to have it renewed. Whenh asked why, the chief replied. ““I am supposed to be able to run the department as I see fit. They’re interfering in the day-to-day.” “This is not […]

Police shortage leaves Egremont uncovered during hours at night

Police shortage leaves Egremont uncovered during hours at night

From midnight until 8 a.m., no one’s on duty EGREMONT—During many overnight shifts, from midnight to 8 a.m., the phones in the Egremont police station will ring but there’s no one to answer. There is often no overnight coverage and Egremont residents are left to rely on the state police or Great Barrington and Sheffield […]