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Remember the Registry Police
"We Were The Best"
As part of a master plan to consolidate law enforcement in Massachusetts, the Registry's Law Enforcement Section
merged with three other agencies; Massachusetts State Police, Capital Police and MDC Police on July 1,1992 making a new Department of State Police Force of over 2400
Our expertise was Motor Vehicle Law and Accident Investigation.
We were called on by many police departments across the state to assist
with enforcement and accident investigations.
Motor Vehicle Law was our specialty
April 1907 signified a new course of action for the Massachusetts Highway Commission.
In the interest of safety, the first two examiners, Fred Austin and Chauncy Hubbell
were hired to test all applicants requesting a chauffeur's license. Austin tested in Boston and surrounding communities, while Hubbell conducted exams in other locations in the state
travelling to distant points by train and staying over night when necessary
in order to conduct these exams.
In 1908, Colonel Foote and Paul Weinert were appointed as investigators of "fatal accidents"
In 1912, the first civil service examination was given for the position of examiner and
for the first time, a badge was issued to the examiner to identify his position.
The badge had a silver background with the word "Inspector" across the top as seen to the left.
Throughout this site, the history, pictures and various information attributed to the Registry Inspector is displayed, so that those who served will not forget, or what they did will not be forgotten
Frank McCone talks briefly about the
history of the inspector beginning in the 1940's
Since 1907 up and until 1992, Inspectors served the residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Registry of Motor Vehicles with pride and distinction. Attempts to eliminate Registry Inspectors using statements such as it would "eliminate duplication and
result in overall cost savings and improve law enforcement " resulted in the
merging of four law enforcement organizations !
We continue to see the Registry attempting to recreate the position of "inspector".
While it is flattering, will it once again be a duplication of law enforcement ?
The last change accomplished in 2007 removed
law enforcement from school bus inspections !
While changes continue to be made at the Registry, the loss of the knowledge
base on motor vehicle laws and regulations remains a constant problem.
As of July 10, 2008 children must be in a booster seat until the age of 8 yrs, unless they are 4 ft 9 in first !
To listen to Frank wait until the music stops !
LISTEN TO HIS
COMPLETE AND BRIEF HISTORY BEFORE OPENING ANY PICTURES
Each page plays with music and may restart after clicking on and off pictures
October 1, 2008 commercial vehicles, trailers, and converter dollies will be subject to enhanced
MA CMV Inspection !
With change comes change.The years of study and experience by these Inspectors on motor vehicle laws and regulations, and what they brought to RMV continues to disappear with each passing day.
We continue to see uniformed Registry "Safety Inspectors" appear on
television news segments doing what we as Inspectors did best , but wearing
uniform coveralls and windbreakers. Many of us can remember how we had difficulty in getting these items !
In 2008, we see another story regarding the Registry of Motor Vehicles telephone call wait times. Maybe some day someone will get it, that adequate staffing will do the job. But then again, they did not
believe us when we said it !
It is apparent that the state still did not get it, that it cannot afford
to lose any more knowledgeable people, and still continue
to operate effectively sadly no more inspectors are left at the RMV !
Retired and Former Inspectors part of a proud
law enforcement organization are left only with memories of the good and the bad,
but certainly not the ugly.
It has been
24 + years
since the merge
Former and Retired
Inspectors often change
their address or
maybe and often are
If you know about any
let us know
email the webmaster.
Links to various
National Law Enforcement Memorial
Did you know that you now can get your MA driving record online !
Thought to be
Picture taken at
a section meeting
Inspectors from left to right Peter Bartolo; Ralph Scopa
Alan Boyd and Santo Rizzotto
Inspector Alan Boyd
giving an eye exam to
Governor Frank Sargent, while the Registrar looks on
click on the
Albert W. Fontes
Inspector Charles Florentino
Registrar and Inspector
From left to right
Bill Sisson and
At various times Inspectors like these pictured above would attend a 3 week Accident Investigation course at Northwestern University
As of March 2, 2010 older drivers will
have to be eye tested to keep their driver licenses !
The state and the registry finally realized they could not function without inspectors.
It is obvious that the state made a mistake when they moved to consolidate highly trained and effective law enforcement officers with other law enforcement agencies, thinking they could save money !
Well they didn't and in fact loss a lot of revenue.
"A Former Inspector"
attending Skid School
Michael Dukakis and his wife greet Inspectors
George Haratounian and Paul Greaney
of the END
as of July 1, 2010 only two hearings officers are left
at the RMV who
have any law enforcement type experience !
Edward F. McMorrow
Registrar Alan Mackay
Effective Oct 1, 2010, you can not text and drive in MA
Stand by for more
new laws !
Summary of new LEOSA Law
Fatal Accident Investigation
Inspectors with the Governor in Zone 1
The list updated for 2011
Topsfield Academy Class 1967
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While we did not agree with the need to MERGE, we still are proud
of what we did back then, and during and after and still do now.
Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Inspectors Association
24 years later, we still remember !
Hit radio room ID Broadcast (A)
Radio Final Sign Off (B)
"audio of the radio room"
Ray Scanzani seated center -others unknown ?
"Never Forget" those who served this country and more importantly never returned to enjoy
"We will not forget"
in his own words
Lt. John Cushman at the Kingston Police Station dedication ceremony 1986
Always fly the American Flag
Let no one take that right away !
Special Investigative Unit 1992
Villa and Mullay
New Inspectors January 1985
This site is dedicated to all Former and Retired Registry Inspectors
Easier address is www.registryinspector.org
that will now take you here as well
Auto Theft Task Force Members
Inspector William Sisson
Last Inspectors listings by work assignment
Next Luncheon Date Dec 13th, 2017
Inspector Joe Hourihan
pictured left with a 1960
Plymouth Savoy RMV Cruiser
1979 Fall River RMV
Inspectors Jim Ryan, Bill Grady,
Richard Mott, Joe Macedo and
We hope you enjoy the site and history and
Asst Supervising Inspector Bill Grady
Above left to right: Bill Grady,
Joe Macedo and Dave Dennen
Harold Hart and
Bill Grady look over a new inspection sticker
Reunion was really " GREAT "
We held a 25 yr Reunion
and "Thanks" to those
Inspectors who made the reunion. It really
was a great time !
A couple of history videos, old pictures
along with a
NEVER FORGET COFFEE MUG and
Well, it was just
a great time, and fun to see a lot of people.