Walpole is a member of the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (MetroLEC), a group of 40+ law enforcement agencies in the Metro-West area of Massachusetts. The police agencies in MetroLEC are able to share resources in order to fund special task forces for a variety of services that smaller departments could not afford to staff or fund alone.
In 2011, Chief Stillman was once again named the President of MetroLEC, making him the longest tenured President of the Council in its 10 year history; a testament to his dedication and hard work. He is charged with the difficult task of coordinating the efforts of 40+ different police chiefs.
Walpole contributes seven (7) officers to various task forces in MetroLEC. Officers Eaton and Sullivan are both trained and certified crisis negotiators, trained in the de-escalation of dangerous incidents. They were called out on numerous occasions in 2011, and were instrumental in the peaceful resolution of several incidents. Officer Eaton is also a member of MetroLECs Search and Rescue Team known as RRT.
Officer Kilroy is a member of the Computer Crime Unit. Based out of the computer forensics lab housed at the Norwood Police Station, Officer Kilroy investigates and forensically examines computers and cell phones for evidence. In 2011, Officer Kilroy assisted with, wrote or executed literally dozens of search warrants for the examination of digital evidence.
Officers Koenig and Manganello are both members of the Mobile Operations Unit (MOP), and are trained in crowd control and vehicle escorts. In 2011, members of MOP assisted in countless escorts, and even helped with crowd control during the Boston Bruins celebration.
Officer Lagoa is a member of SWAT and is on the MetroLEC search and rescue team (RRT). Members of these teams specialize in responding to critical incidents with specialized training and equipment. Based out of a nearly $700,000, state of the art, mobile command post, MetroLEC-RRT/SWAT provide the town of Walpole with unparalleled services in the area of critical incident response. The resources of MetroLEC-SWAT are available to Walpole on a moment's notice, and the organization is a valuable asset to Walpole.
This fact was demonstrated when MetroLEC members participated in a full-scale emergency response drill at the high school (pictured). Finally, Detective Sergeant O'Connell is a member of the MetroLEC-Investigative Services Unit (ISU), and specializes in child abduction. Det.Sgt. O'Connell has received special training as a member of the Child Abduction Response Team (CART) on the rapid response to a report of a child missing.