Secure Communities Program
As you have likely heard that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) is implementing their Secure Communities program in Massachusetts on May 15th. This is NOT a policy decision of the Town of Concord, and the Concord Police Department (CPD). For purposes of CPD daily operations, nothing will change on May 15th. We will continue to fingerprint persons arrested for criminal offenses and we will continue to submit our fingerprint data to the FBI. The change will then occur at the Federal level where the FBI will then share submitted fingerprint data with the Department of Homeland Security and ICE.
The CPD continues its unwavering commitment to performing our duties in a fair and impartial manner. We intend to redistribute our policy statement on the prohibition of racially biased policing, seek additional training on this topic, and I will visiting police roll calls to discuss the importance of our policy and the importance of performing our duties fairly and without bias.
We have no control over the decision to implement Secure Communities and it will in no way impact the way we police Concord, nor our commitment to building trusting relationships with all law abiding members of our community, regardless of their immigration status.
Chief of Police
Barry R. Neal