Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC) Chiefs took a new approach to how they conduct their meetings in accordance with social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Thursday, April 2, SEMLEC participated in its bi-monthly meeting through the use of a Zoom conference call. The Zoom meeting allowed for SEMLEC Chiefs to virtually meet to discuss operational readiness while practicing social distancing.
This was the first time SEMLEC used a virtual meeting call in place of its usual in-person meetings.
During the meeting, SEMLEC Chiefs discussed regional information on the status of personnel and the most recent regional and national data regarding COVID-19. They also discussed possible operational issues with the deployment of personnel during COVID-19, common problems departments and communities are encountering and possible solutions, regional assets and their availability to community members and more.
“We are proud of all of our member departments for their hard work and continuous commitment to serving their communities during these unprecedented times,” said SEMLEC President and Bridgewater Police Chief Christopher Delmonte. “Each department is doing their part to flatten the curve whether it be by practicing social distancing or adjusting their operations for the time being. We would like to reiterate that law enforcement personnel are a resource during these times and we are here for anyone that needs us at any time.”
Information about each department’s COVID-19 response can be found on its respective website or social media.
As always, SEMLEC would like to remind everyone to call 911 in an emergency.
We are a mutual aid consortium comprised of resources from the police departments of 30 cities and towns. We respond when requested by a chief of police to assist with search and rescue, special events, or major crimes. We also draw on some of the most talented police officers in the region to form the SEMLEC SWAT Team, which deploys when needed to save lives and protect the citizens of southeastern Massachusetts. Our members are all sworn police officers from one of the 30 member communities. Our units respond only when called by one of the 30 chiefs of police in our region.