Hadley Police Chief Michael Mason takes helm of western Mass. police chiefs association


Staff Writer
Monday, January 10, 2022

HADLEY — A regional organization that has as its main purpose exchanging information about best practices in law enforcement will be led by Hadley Police Chief Michael Mason for the next two years.

Mason recently was sworn in as president of the Western Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, an organization made up of those who lead departments in the state’s four westernmost counties.

“With police reform and learning how to build or rebuild the best possible police agencies, organizations like ours serve as a hub to gather the best possible information and distribute it efficiently to our membership,” Mason says.

He is joined in leadership by Easthampton Police Chief Robert Alberti as first vice president, along with East Longmeadow Police Chief Mark Williams as second vice president.

“Professionally, it is an absolute honor to serve in this capacity,” said Mason, who has been a member for almost seven years.

The organization is a liaison to the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, but with a focus on the region of the state that has the largest number of police agencies.

Because many of the area police departments are small, Mason said they often don’t have the resources or personnel to effectively navigate the requirements of the police reform legislation signed into law in late 2020. The association can assist in providing information and advice to those departments.

As president, Mason will preside over all meetings, help set agendas, and invite guests and trainers.