The Bellingham Police Department is a member of the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council. METRO-LEC is a consortium of more than 43 local police and sheriff departments in the south metropolitan Boston area which covers 600 square miles and has a corresponding residential population of 850,000 people. It is impossible for every community to be fully trained and equipped for every possible contingency. Therefore, local communities have banded together to create organizations, such as METRO-LEC, to help each other thus making us all safer in the end. The member communities acknowledge that certain critical incidents call for a law enforcement response that may exceed the capabilities of any one single agency. METRO-LEC was designed for these types of incidents.
METRO-LEC consists of several operational components comprised of personnel from throughout the METRO-LEC communities. These units receive specialized training and equipment and are available to assist any of the member communities in their time of need.
The Council currently operates six unique divisions:
- Canine Unit (K9)
- Computer Crime Unit (CCU)
- Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT)
- Mobile Operations
Motorcycle Unit (MOP)
- Regional Response Team (RRT)
- Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT)
Current METRO-LEC members from the Bellingham Police Department include:
Lieutenant James Russell (RRT/IRTC), Patrolman Brian Kutcher (SWAT), Patrolman John Melanson (MOP), and Patrolman Thomas Marston (SWAT)
Lieutenant Russell (in Black) on the BearCat in Watertown, MA during the Boston Marathon Bomber Manhunt