Update on Police Detail Bylaw

By Mike Flaherty | Oct 03, 2011

Hello All,

Numerous folks have been asking me about the status of the Police Detail bylaw that we passed at the last Town Meeting.  We have been in a bit of limbo since, because its legality still has to pass muster with the state's office of the Attorney General before it becomes law.

Instead of summarizing the Town Clerk's response, I thought it would be more educational to include all of the details.

Long story short, it apppears we will have an answer any day now.  I'll post it here when I hear back.

Mary Ann Silva wrote on 9/20/2011:

I have thirty days from the close of town meeting to send out the changes. I did that on or about June 30, 2011. My packets are then mailed to the AG's Office. If they received it on or about July 5, 2011, because July 4, 2011 was a holiday, the time would then begin. They have ninety days from the time they receive the bylaw packet to scrutinize the bylaw to make sure it is in line with Massachusetts' Constitution. If the bylaw is as restrictive as the noise bylaw, the AG's Office will more than likely take the ninety days to make sure it is not infringing on the rights of residents before they will make their recommendations, which could include approval or disapproval. By my calculations the ninetieth day, not including holidays, would fall on or about September 30, 2011. Please keep in mind, as I am often reminded by the AG's Office, they are dealing with 351 cities and towns who are also making changes to their Charters and/or bylaws within the same timeframe as the Town of Wareham. If you require any further information, please let me know.

Thank you everyone once again for supporting this article.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Mike Flaherty | Dec 15, 2011 23:26

I have finally received word that his has been approved by the AG's office.

It is now law in Wareham!

Thank you to everyone who supported this and made it happen.

Mike Flaherty

Posted by: Joe Leggett | Dec 16, 2011 08:28

 Thanks Mike! This is a good and much needed bylaw.


Joe Leggett


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