Five Police Chiefs hope to create regional crime unit

December 26, 2011 by  

Rocky Hill residents may take comfort in knowing that a new law enforcement agency is in the works. A regional crime investigation unit may be coming to Rocky Hill and four neighboring communities late next year.

The Police Chiefs of Rocky Hill, Berlin, Cromwell, Newington and Wethersfield are seeking state grant money to create what would be called the Mid-State Chief Group (MSCG.) The crime fighting team would undoubtedly require new business card printing and stationery printing to display its new name and logo.

The list of benefits of merging the law enforcement agencies include improved technology systems, greater accuracy in crime scene processing and enhanced forensic evidence gathering, according to the Police Chiefs. In addition, MSCG would create a ‘mobile field unit’ that would serve as work station on wheels. The station would allow officers a properly equipped place to carry out their duties regardless of the conditions.

Rocky Hill Police Chief Michael Custer and each of the other police department heads hope to garner support of their local governments. Although the grant would not include any local funding, the Police Chiefs need their towns’ permission to go ahead with the application process for the $350,546 in Regional Performance Incentive Funding.

The proposed Mid-State Regional Crime Scene Unit would service just over 110,000 citizens in the five communities. The unit would consist of 8 to 10 officers, with an average of 2 officers representing each community. The team says it would be ready to begin service September 1, 2012, assuming the grant money comes through.