Local police consider federal inspection training

| 5/18/2006

The Police Department of Holliston, MA, is considering having some of its officers trained and certified to conduct Department of Transportation inspections.

The MetroWest Daily News, a newspaper in Framingham, MA, reported that, while the city’s police can stop trucks for common traffic violations, they are not allowed to inspect for DOT violations because they lack the required certification.

However, the Massachusetts State Police has a division of officers who are DOT certified and who specialize in trucks. In addition, no interstates or U.S. highways pass through Holliston, which has about 16,000 residents.

Because of the State Police officers and the lack of interstates, acting Police Chief Keith Edison told the Daily News that the DOT certification training is not a high priority.

But that’s not to say Holliston is not without its truck traffic.

Located about 25 miles southwest of Downtown Boston, the city sits at the intersection of Massachusetts Highways 16 and 126.

The Daily News reported that the city is also home to businesses that operate trucks in and out of the area, including Casella Waste Systems and several industrial parks.

Casella officials are working with city officials to establish a radiation screening protocol that will require the waste hauler to notify the city and take proper actions if radioactive medical waste is found in loads of trash, according to the Daily News.

But Edison said any DOT-certified officers on the force would not be used to enforce local standards set for specific haulers, but, rather, for broader enforcement of truck traffic passing through town.