Travers praises law en­force­ment

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — At the reg­u­larly sched­uled meet­ing on Tues­day, July 19, Dorch­ester County Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ricky Travers praised lo­cal law en­force­ment agen­cies for their co­op­er­a­tion dur­ing a re­cent al­leged in­ci­dence of threats be­ing made against the Cam­bridge Police Depart­ment.

“I would just like to com­mend all sides of the law en­force­ment be­cause you read about these things some­times in the na­tion’s news,” said Travers. “I’m just so pleased that our law en­force­ment– from the city, to the sher­iff, to the state police, to the state’s at­tor­ney, to the mar­shals–ev­ery­body worked to­gether to do what needed to be done and elim­i­nated peo­ple get­ting hurt.”

For­mer Cam­bridge police of­fi­cer Matthew Rus­sell Collins, 47, of Cam­bridge, was ar­rested Tues­day, July 12 and charged with mak­ing a threat of mass vi­o­lence and sec­ond­de­gree as­sault.

Ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s depart­ment, a deputy re­ceived a text mes­sage from Collins that im­plied his in­ten­tion to at­tack the Cam­bridge Police Depar tment head­quar­ters and kill a mem­ber of the ad­min­is­tra­tive staff.

“We didn’t have that prob­lem,” Travers said. “We are very blessed, and I thank them for their team­work be­cause that’s the way it’s sup­posed to be. It’s sup­posed to be all agen­cies work­ing to­gether, pulling to­gether, for one com­mon goal, and the goal was to not have an in­ci­dent like that.”

The Dorch­ester County Sher­iff’s Of­fice was as­sisted in the case by the Dorch­ester County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, Cam­bridge Police Depart­ment, Mary­land State Police and the United States Mar­shal’s Of­fice.

Collins was sus­pended from his po­si­tion at the Cam­bridge Police Depart­ment in April 2011 and dis­missed by res­ig­na­tion un­der un­fa­vor­able cir­cum­stances in March 2012, ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments.

RICKY TRAVERS

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