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Holyoke Auxiliary Police fielded team of 27 at Boston Marathon

03 May 2015 11:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

By Mike Plaisance | The Republican 

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on April 29, 2015 at 11:45 AM 

HOLYOKE -- The running of the Boston Marathon owed part of its success to the Holyoke Auxiliary Police Division.

The volunteer division had 27 of its members there April 20 to help with crowd control and other duties working with the Massachusetts State Police, said Ronald A. Dietrich, chief of the auxiliary force.

Dietrich was joined by Maj. Maura A. Shea and 25 auxiliary officers. They left Holyoke the morning of the marathon at 5, he said.

The last marathon participant completed the course by 6 p.m. in a wheelchair. Each officer was presented with a commemorative marathon 2015 lapel pin and a jacket by the Boston Athletic Association," Dietrich said.

"The group returned to Holyoke at 2 p.m.," he said.

The auxiliary police division has about 40 members. They are volunteers who wear uniforms, which they pay for themselves, are under the jurisdiction of the Police Department and help police with crowd and traffic control, such as at the St. Patrick's Parade and St. Patrick's Road Race, and with searches related to crimes and in other ways.

Auxiliary officers don't have arrest powers, though they do carry service weapons while on duty and two marked cruisers are assigned to them, officials said.

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