I was DOD Police at Otis ANGB from 1983-1989. I have not kept in contact with any of my former co-workers there. Does the organization still exist ? Do they have a web site that I could view ? Thanks for any info.
The DOD Police at Otis were disbanded around 1995. There is rumor of DOD making a comeback at Otis but for now it is just rumor. There is no private security that works the gates. The Army National Guard works the outer gates and the Air Force Industrial gate is manned by civilian Patrolmen who work for the state quartermasters office. There is talk that the Army National Guard may be replaced by private security on the outer gates. The Air National Guard SP's are the only genuine military police force on the base. The Coast Guard housing area is patrolled by unarmed private security and by the unarmed Coast Guard Duty Officer. The state police respond to calls in the housing area but they can have quite a lengthy response time. At one point after the DOD Police were disbanded the Air National Guard SP's were patrolling Coast Guard housing and responding to calls there, but some narrow minded leadership in the Air National Guard put a stop to that and ruined a great law enforcement opportunity for the SP squadron.
From 1998 to around 2000. The Army National Guard MPs patrolled the camp edwards side including the coast guard housing. The MPs were put on ADSW orders. It started to go down hill when the AG's office took away the guns for the MP to use when on duty. It was a good gig at one time
I remember when the Army National Guard MP's worked the base. I couldn't believe when they took the guns away from them. After all there was Air National Guard SP's driving around with pistols that had chambered rounds and the safety on fire. Yet, the poor Army MP's who were part of THE SAME National Guard that we were a part of, could only carry a baton. Made NO sense to me and I noticed that they did not get the same amount of respect from the base community after they were disarmed.
Thanks all for the info on DOD Police at Otis. It feels a little sad to see my former unit disbanded. I still have a shoulder patch in my scrap book.
If there are any ex-DOD from Otis reading this message, feel free to contact me at [email protected]
Not so fast on Otis closing. The list will not be final until the fall, if the list is even agreed to at all by the politicians in DC. Otis has a few things going for it that are contrary to the criteria used by the BRAC for closing bases.