Dartmouth, MA – Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson was joined by local police chiefs on Tuesday, June 22nd to welcome Chief Timothy Lee and the Dartmouth Police Department to the SCAT Program. DARTMOUTH – The South Coast Anti-Crime Team (SCAT) recently sent out another loud warning to those who might consider violating the law in Bristol County as Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson welcomed The Dartmouth Police to the collaborative of 11 law enforcement departments that make up the multi-jurisdictional crime-fighting unit in ceremonies at the Dartmouth House of Correction.
The Dartmouth Police Department, led by its new Police Chief Timothy Lee, joined the SCAT unit for the first time. Chief Lee then signed the Memorandum of Agreement that binds together eight South Coast law enforcement units and three neighboring Rhode Island departments in a pledge to share equipment, expertise and a commitment to public safety that has, over the past few years, made SCAT one of the state’s most effective law-enforcement collaboratives.
Somerset Police Chief Joseph Ferreira, Chairman of the Board of SCAT, welcomed Chief Lee and spoke briefly of the success of the collaborative. Sheriff Hodgson welcomed two officers from Warren, R.I. and from Dartmouth as he administered the oath that made them Deputy Sheriffs. The Sheriff had high praise for the SCAT Unit and the work of the Chiefs of the participating police departments. He thanked Maj. Nelson DeGouveia of the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office for his work as the Director of the collaborative as well as all of the men and women who work in the unit to preserve the quality of life of the citizens of the area.
The SCAT unit is comprised of police departments from Dartmouth, Taunton, Somerset, Swansea, Acushnet, Dighton, Seekonk and Fairhaven in the South Coast and Warren, Little Compton and East Providence in neighboring Rhode Island.