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Council nixes special police request

The Agawam City Council has turned down a request from the mayor to seek special legislation that would have allowed special police officers in town to work through age 70.
After a long debate, councilors rejected the proposal, 7-4, over concerns about public safety and how the law would be perceived.
Agawam employs a part-time, auxiliary force known as the special police. They are fully sworn officers of the law with the same duties and powers as the full-time police force in town, but are only used when full-time officers are not available, typically for traffic control and other special assignments. They spend occasional time on regular patrol duty. READ MORE

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