Westfield Police Chief David Wayman has created another layer within the investigative branch of the police department.
TFoTM has obtained a copy of General Order 2016-04 that clearly defines the duties of the Community Response Tactical Unit. The purpose of this unit is not much different than the duties of the current staff of the police department including detective personnel and patrol officers.
Wayman states that these "highly trained and appropriately equipped police officers" will respond to the "ever-changing criminal enterprise" lurking in and around town.
Could this be the renaming of Westfield Police Deptartment's Emergency Services Unit (ESU) or is it a weak attempt to provide another title and/or resume booster for a current captain and sergeant?
Westfield town administrator Jim Gildea and Mayor Andy Skibitsky have to question, on behalf of Westfield taxpayers, how much this redundant layer of investigative services will cost, considering Chief Wayman's intent to "appropriately equip" this unit.
A quick Google search of "Community Response Tactical Unit" and it's easy to find where Chief Wayman found the verbiage for his new general order. Westfield S.W.A.T. In a neighborhood near you.