Martha’s Vineyard Law Enforcement Council seeks to gauge public interest

Officers pursued Mr. Olson the length of Barnes Road southbound into Edgartown. –File photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Law Enforcement Council wants to determine how many individuals may be interested in participating in a basic reserve intermittent police officers class on the Island sponsored by the Municipal Police Training Committee (M.P.T.C.). Successful completion of the class would allow the student to apply to work as a part-time police officer within Massachusetts.

The class consists of approximately 315 hours of mixed classroom time and practical hands-on participation. If there are enough students to hold the class, the class would tentatively start in early February 2016 and continue until June 2016, according to a press release. The class schedule is 6 pm to 10 pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and 8 am to 4 pm on Saturdays. Students are required to attend every class. The approximate cost to participate in the class is $1,800. There would be an additional cost for equipment that the student would be responsible for purchasing on his or her own. Students would also be required to complete an MPTC training application signed by a sponsoring Island police chief.

Interested individuals who would like more information should contact Aquinnah Police Chief Randhi Belain by phone (508-645-2313) or by email at