Peterborough, Massachusetts — — Peterborough Police Chief Michael Sullivan is not a fan of the city’s agents and their tendency to do things that can harm residents.
He thinks the city has been too slow in implementing policies and has made some mistakes in how they’ve handled the incident in Peterham.
He says he has been contacted by several people who have experienced problems with their agents, and has been told he’s got to do something about it.
He said that’s what happened to a group of people who were staying at the Sheraton Hotel last weekend.
They had been staying in the hotel because they wanted to have dinner.
The hotel manager, who is a Peterborough native, called the Sherton Police Department, who responded to a tip from someone who said there were two people inside who were not in their rooms.
The Sheraton manager called the police, and after checking their cellphones, they determined that one person was inside the Shermans room and the other was not, Sullivan said.
He also said that one of the Sheramans called 911.
The two people were found unresponsive inside the hotel room, and the hotel management contacted the Peterborough police.
After a few hours, the police were able to confirm that both people were in their beds.
Sullivan said the Sherams room was not locked.
“I think there should have been some kind of notification that there was an active crime and there was a need to notify the public,” he said.
“There was nothing on their phone that indicated anything was wrong.”
He said he’s concerned that agents are acting on tips from people who may have not been aware of the policy that they’re supposed to follow.
He noted that the city is also sending out a newsletter about how to be a better agent and how to keep people safe.
“I think it’s an issue of priorities.
I think we should be focused on protecting the public, and not worrying about our own agents and what they do on behalf of us,” Sullivan said, adding that he’s asked his department to create a special unit dedicated to agents.
He said the department is now working on the issue.
“We need to do a better job of communicating to agents that what they’re doing is not okay,” he explained.
“It’s a priority of ours to educate them.”
The Sheramens room was later cleared by police.
The police department also said they are working with Peterborough to figure out how to help the people who are being victimized.
“We’re going to be reaching out to all of our agents,” Sullivan explained.
Sullivan said the police department is also reviewing the security footage from the Sheramin room, because there is evidence that one or both of the suspects may have left the hotel.