Animal Control 2012
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HIRING OF A CONCORD ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER (ACO)
this Article did not pass...updated April 27, 2012
44. Ms. Lodynsky
moves that the Town vote to appropriate the sum of $20,000 (in
combination with current $19,000 Dog Officer funding) to provide a town Animal
Control Officer (out-sourced, contractual, or part time staff, under direction
of the Town Manager.
additionally: as per SENATE No. 02192; Senate, filed March 22, 2012 – Text the Senate Bill further regulating animal control (being the text of Senate, No. 2184, printed as amended):
398 Section 151. (a) The mayor of each city and the board of selectmen of each town shall
399 annually designate 1 or more animal control officers, who may be police officers or constables.
400 The mayor or board of selectman shall immediately submit to the commissioner the names,
401 addresses and date of hire of such animal control officers. Except as provided in this section, if
402 any city or town shall fail to make such appointment, the commissioner shall appoint an animal
403 control officer for that city or town.
Concord's Current Dog Control Procedure
source: Concord's Town website and WickedLocal News
Concord Public Safety Communications is a separate civilian
organizational unit operating within the Concord Police Department chain of
command according to the policies, procedures and guidelines of the Concord
Police and Fire Departments.
All Concord Public Safety Dispatchers are certified emergency
telecommunications and law enforcement data professionals trained to the
standards of the Massachusetts State 911 Department, Massachusetts Criminal
History Systems Board, National Academy of Emergency Medical Dispatch and the
Association of Public Safety Communications Professionals (APCO) Intl. Several
Dispatchers also have additional training as Tactical Communications
Specialists, Reserve Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics and Emergency
Medical Technicians on an individual basis.
The Dog Officer responds to all complaints regarding domesticated
dogs. The Dog Officer is required to provide a vehicle for transporting dogs, as
well as a pound for the temporary housing of dogs taken into custody. The Dog
Officer and his assistant(s) are on call 24 hours a day, and can be contacted
through the Public Safety Communications Center by pager.
Concord contracts with a private vendor (Boardman Animal Control Services) to provide dog control services. The contract is awarded on the basis of a competitive bidding process, and is administered by the Chief of Police. Concord's existing contract with Les Boardman provides response to dog only problems. Other animal control problems are handled over the phone by referrals, or by the uniformed patrol officers. The amount budgeted also provides for limited patrols by the Dog Officer to locate stray dogs.
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