Public Safety Advisory Committee
Our Mission is to make sure the people of Leyden have adequate police, fire, and emergency coverage to make sure everyone is safe.
For information on the Emergency Management Committee and ways residents can participate, please see the Emergency Management Committee webpage.
The Leyden Public Safety Advisory Committee was formed on December 9, 2021 by the Select Board and Town Moderator. It is composed of 7 members . Elizabeth Kidder, Chair, Emily Yazwinski ,Barbara Wallace, Michael Morgan, Anders Ferguson, Marcia Miller, and Devorah Vester.
The Public Safety Advisory Committee is charged with the task of reviewing the Public Safety needs of Leyden in order to make recommendations to the Select Board designed to ensure that Leyden has the most efficient and effectively run public safety services possible. These serivces include: police, fire, emergency medical and, emergency management. The Select Board has to ensure that all public safety departments are fully staffed, trained, respected, functioning cooperatively, and theatthey operate in full compliance with all Massachusetts laws, regulations and procedures.
If you would like to contact any member of the Committee or submit comments for consideration, please send an email to Publicsafety@townofleyden.com.
The next meeting of the committee will be Tuesday, April 25, at 6:30pm at the Town Office Building. Please check the posted agenda for more information and meeting location.
Note: the Public Safety Advisory Committee's role is planning and advisory only. If you have an immediate public safety concern, please contact the appropriate deparment directly or dial 911 and request assistance.
On April 5th, the Bernardston and Leyden Select Boards, voted to approve and signed an Intermunicipal Agreement (IMA) for Police Services which will take effect on July 1, 2023. A copy of this document is available for review from either the Town Coordinator in the Town Office Building or it is accessible in the document section below. Based upon this agreement, Leyden will be paying $95,024 per year for these services and will be setting aside $10,000 each year into a Police Stabilization account so that Leyden will be able to purchase a cruiser based upon Chief Palmeri's schedule, approximately every 5 years. The first cruiser is being paid for out of Leyden's Efficiency and Regionalization Grant.
If you have any questions, please send an email to Publicsafety@townofleyden.com.