By John Anderson
Friday was an active day for Governor Charlie Baker and his administration as they visited multiple sites in Central Massachusetts. While many important projects were announced from Grafton to Belchertown, Baker also took the time to stop by the Auburn Police Station in a show of support for local law enforcement.
Accompanied by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett, Baker attended a casual but private lunch with Auburn and Leicester police officers. This comes on the heels of legislation recently filed by the Governor to move certain assaults on a police officer from misdemeanor to felony status. Representative Paul Frost introduced a similar bill in the house. Both pieces of legislation are the result of the fatal shooting of Auburn’s Officer Ronald Tarentino by Jorge Zambrano.
As he was leaving, Governor Baker answered a few questions from the press. He said there were concerns that Zambrano missed appointments that were conditions of his probation, and he would love to work with the courts in any way to make improvements.
Lt. Governor Polito said she thanks and appreciates these officers and all other police officers. “We value what they do in our communities.”
Chief Sluckis said it was great that they came out to Auburn. When asked about how Tarentino’s death has affected the department, the Chief responded, “When you have someone who is murdered, rather than just passed away” it is very difficult.
The local officers appeared to appreciate the ongoing support from the Baker administration.