2019 MEETINGS AND EVENTS
2019 VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
September 27, 2019 marked the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Sandwich Public Safety Complex, including both the Police Station and the Fire Station. Many past and present Selectmen, Police Chiefs, Fire Chiefs and Town Management Officials were in attendance, celebrating the culmination of many years of planning, preparation and construction of both buildings.
Of course, also attending were many alumni of the Sandwich Citizens Police Academy!
As former Selectman, Susan James commented on the Sandwich News Facebook page:
Best day ever - culmination of over 10 years of planning, meetings, revisions, and persuasion. The residents of Sandwich should be so proud of THEIR public safety complex"
The following photos are courtesy of Mark Snyder, of Sandwich News:
CONGRATULATIONS to this year's Sandwich Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Scholarship Award winner,
SCPAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS TAKE A TOUR OF THE NEW SAFETY COMPLEX....
2019 Annual Meeting
The annual meeting, held in March, was full of interesting news. Click on the button below to get the minutes of the meeting, which include updates from Chief Wack on the next SCPA class and the new Safety Complex, and information from Bill LaPine (Deputy Director of Sandwich Emergency Management) regarding the phases of Emergency Management. We then heard from Crystal LaPine, who runs the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Training program, who gave us an overview of what is involved in CERT training. If enough SCPAA are interested, she will offer a class!
Click here for minutes, pictures, and slides from the meeting:
SCPAA Semi-Annual Meeting
Thursday, October 25
The Semi-Annual meeting was called to order at 6:30 PM by SCPAA President Mike Miller.
Welcome: Mike Miller
Mike welcomed everyone to the meeting, then mentioned that he had already taken care of 3 storms at the High School and hoped we wouldn’t get any more snow.
The general agenda would be: Chief Wack, Guest Speakers Bill LaPine and Crystal LaPine, Election of Officers, Junior Citizen’s Police Academy, and the new police station.
Mike then introduced Chief Wack.
Chief Wack started off by letting the members know that due to all the work needed to be done in preparation for the new police station, there would be no time to hold an SCPA class in 2019. Starting in 2020, all SCPA classes would be held in the new police station. He mentioned that Crystal and Bill from the Emergency Management team would be giving a presentation on Emergency Management. He then asked for any questions from the attendees regarding the new building. He talked about the location of the telephone pole, and said that putting down the asphalt was behind and that was holding up the progress of the station. They can’t move into the building until the final asphalt has been laid down. Next week they were expecting the furniture; then the station will be inspected.
The Chief also mentioned that the Lieutenant’s exam was coming up and Sgt. Bruce Lawrence was busy studying for it.
Mike Miller then introduced Bill LaPine.
Bill thanked the SCPAA for their past help. Brian Gallant is the Director of Emergency Management in Sandwich, and Bill LaPine is the Deputy Director of Sandwich Emergency Management. Crystal LaPine runs the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Training program.
Bill gave a brief overview of the four phases of Emergency Management: Mitigation, Preparation, Response, and Recovery. They work at the local, county, state, and federal levels.
Bill then introduced Crystal LaPine (sister-in-law of Bill LaPine), who has 37 years in public safety. She’s a former member of the Sandwich Police, and brought the CERT program to Cape Cod.
Crystal started off by mentioning that she is responsible for CERT training, and there are only two Emergency Management personnel in Sandwich. She also talked a bit about training for the SCPAA volunteers.
Crystal then gave a slide show presentation on the history of how CERT started and progressed:
CERT started in 2003 in California and then went national. The events of 911 brought CERT to the forefront.
The first training was in 2004; in that year there were four hurricanes and not enough FEMA support so FEMA asked CERT for help. Six volunteers from the Barnstable Sherriff’s office responded, and spent from six weeks to three months assisting. CERT volunteers also help out in the Dennis-Yarmouth Saint Patrick’s Day parade.
The goal is to train and get the SCPAA volunteers comfortable, then they will be ready to support in Sandwich and other communities. Crystal was clear in stating that the goal is NOT to turn volunteers into specialists, but to provide enough general training in order to be useful.
Crystal also talked about the various awareness’s: Disasters, hazards, fire safety, medical operations, search and rescue, ICS, and disaster psychology.
CERT training is consistent across the country; although there might be some local differences, the training is basically the same everywhere.
Crystal said that there is a Regional Shelter plan, and there are six regional shelters on Cape Cod.
She also talked about the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) and how the volunteers can help out there.
Crystal discussed the additional CERT training that will be offered, and mentioned WebEOC, which are web-based operations centers.
The Sandwich Fire Department did conduct a couple of CERT training classes but were unable to continue.
Bill LaPine then encouraged the SCPAA volunteers to sign up for training.
Lt Joshua Bound discussed why Emergency Management presented CERT training at the meeting: SCPAA volunteers felt they weren’t being utilized to their full potential. The SCPAA is not dissolving, but the police want to promote them.
Bill LaPine said they would be waiting on SCPAA response to schedule the training; there are eight modules, but they would be concentrating on six of them. Volunteers can take as many levels of training as they want. There would be 6-7 weeks of CERT training – 1 day a week – and attendees would get a lot of benefit from the training. Training would be geared towards civilians with some hands-on training. At the end of training the graduates of the classes would be receiving FEMA CERT certificates. He also talked about the possibility of taking a field trip to the Fire Academy to learn the proper way to use a fire extinguisher.
The Sandwich CERT team will need to be registered with the state. The closest Red Cross Chapter is located in Cambridge MA, although there are Red Cross volunteers on the Cape.
Bill LaPine would like to get CERT training started by May 2019.
At 7:30 the meeting adjourned for a 10-minute dessert break; the meeting resumed at 7:40
Junior Police Academy has 16 students attending – they are a good bunch of students.
Election of Officers
At this time, the below members were nominated for office:
President: Mike Miller
Vice President: Jerry Fortin
Treasurer: Dennis Driscoll
Secretary: Jeanne Nichols
All nominees were seconded and voted into office by the members attending the meeting.
It was reported that at this time there were 81 paid members of the SCPAA for 2019.
The members were told that the treasurer’s report is always open to members, and anyone can attend any of the board meetings, which are held on the first Monday of each month, 6:00 at the police station.
New Police Station
Deputy Chief Mike Nurse gave an update on the progress of the new police station.
On April 15th there will be an inspection, and possibly move in. Today (March 14) they turned on the battery backup system. They are getting close!
There will be a three-phase move in:
1: Getting core systems and radios up and working – targeted for 4/15
2: “Big” move – will utilize SCPAA volunteers to help move – week of 4/15
3: Clean out the old building – will also utilize SCPAA volunteers
Verizon wants more tower space – they will be paying $25,000/month for their space on the tower.
There is a very large generator and fuel tank. Everything is coming along very well.
The EOC will have seven monitors in their space at the new police station.
Mike Miller mentioned that the 2018 $1,000 scholarship from the SCPAA was awarded, and that they are now in the process of soliciting requests for the 2019 scholarship.
Mike also said that the SCPAA will probably help out at the Memorial Day Parade under Emergency Management.
Emails will be mailed out informing the SCPAA volunteers of training and events being scheduled; possibly May time frame for training.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made and approved at 7:54 PM.
Respectfully submitted by:
The CERT presentation by Crystal LaPine:
The Sandwich Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association provided 13 volunteers to the (almost final) cleanout of the old Sandwich Police Department on Route 6A. After spending 6 hours hauling heavy boxes up and down stairs, loading trucks and trailers, and doing a final cleaning, they headed to the new Police Department and spent another 2 hours unloading those heavy boxes. They were led by Deputy Chief Mike Nurse, and with direction from IT Department’s David McNeaney, and Administrative Assistant Alison Husted among others. By 4:00 pm it was a very hot, exhausted, and sore - but satisfied - group!
Thank you to the hard-working team: Dennis Driscoll, Sue Driscoll, Jerry Fortin, Charlie Holden, Norm Hollis, Andrew Jones, Jim Leave, Mike Miller, Carey Mullen, Jeanne Nichols David Rice, Ted Scribner and Sue Vibberts, for your service to the Town in this demanding exercise. And a special thanks to Fannie Nurse, who not only assisted in the work but provided cupcakes to help get us through the day!
AND AFTER CLEANING OUT THE OLD POLICE STATION, SCPAA VOLUNTEERS HELP MOVE THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
On Saturday, August 10, seven volunteers moved the Emergency Management office from the Human Resources building to the new Public Safety complex. Not pictured was Fannie Nurse, who also was a great help.
Thank you to the following, for assisting the Sandwich Arts Alliance "Sandstock"!
Jerry Fortin, Charlie Holden, Mike Miller, and Chris Ranney
2019 Sandwich Police Food Drive
The annual Sandwich Police Food Drive was held on October 19. Thanks to the generous people of Sandwich, over 25 boxes of much-needed food was collected and donated to the Sandwich Food Pantry.
Thank you, Officer Christa Cabral for organizing the event and representing the Sandwich Police Department. And thank you also to SCPAA volunteers Mike Miller, Charlie Holden, Jeanne Nichols, Jeff Picard and Susan Vibberts for accepting the donations, and Carl Rose and Ken Mooney for distributing them to the Pantry!
The Sandwich Police Department, under the direction of Community Services Officer Brian Bondarek and School Resource Officer Christa Cabral hosted a very successful and well-attended "Trick or Treat" at Oak Crest Cove. The costumed children (and some adults!) were enthralled with the 20 decorated cars and trucks, and left with their pumpkins full of candy.
Many thanks to the volunteers from the Sandwich Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association who assisted with traffic control: Charlie Holden, Donna & John Leiss, Pam Lungarini (the "bee"!), Mike Miller, Ken Mooney, Jeanne Nichols, David Rice and Sue Vibberts!
Trunk or Treat and
Lighting of the Sandwich Police Department's new Giant!
On November 30 the Sandwich Citizens Police Alumni Association had the pleasure of assisting the Police Department collect Toys for Tots AND the lighting of the new Sandwich P.D. Giant. The Giant was a donation from Jennifer Harmon and Henry Noe, and is a WONDERFUL addition to the new Public Safety Complex.
A huge thanks to Officer Brian Bondarek
for putting this event together!
SCPAA volunteers were Sue and Dennis Driscoll, Jerry Fortin, Charlie Holden, Donna and John Leiss, Mike Miller, Ken Mooney, Jeanne Nichols, David Rice and Sue Vibberts.
In spite of threats of rain and wind, the kiddos of Sandwich came out in force in town on Halloween. Thank you for patrolling the streets and keeping the hobgoblins and ghosts safe: Jerry Fortin, Charlie Holden, Mike Miller, Ken Mooney, David Rice and Carl Rose!
Thank you to the
2019 First Night Volunteers!
Dennis Driscoll, Sue Driscoll, Bernie Ferioli, Jerry Fortin, Charlie Holden, Mike Miller, Ken Mooney, David Rice, and Sue Vibberts (who wimped out after 2 hours)
Thankfully, it was MUCH warmer than it had been in prior Sandwich First Night celebrations, though there was some occasional light rain.