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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 
   9-11
Never Forget
 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   
Listen as 
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
Effective 
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.
         Memory
 Window Decal
  An early 
   "Badge"
It has been 
24 + years  
since the merge 
      Former and Retired 
   Inspectors often change
         their address or 
            pass away. 
      
         Announcements
     regarding inspectors 
     maybe and often are 
              too late. 

   If you know about any
     inspector, please
          let us know
   email the webmaster.
Links to various 
law enforcement 
related sites

National Law Enforcement Memorial
info@nleomf.org

Massachusetts 
State Police

MDC-Remember Webpage

Massachusetts
Registry of Motor Vehicles

Did you know that you now can get your MA driving record online !
Thought to be  
 Registry Office 
Beverly 

Inspector
James Delaney
Picture taken at 
a section meeting
Inspectors from left to right Peter Bartolo; Ralph Scopa
Alan Boyd and Santo Rizzotto
 1970 Graduation

Inspector Alan Boyd 
giving an eye exam to 
Governor Frank Sargent, while the Registrar looks on
        1970  
   Graduation 
Press Release
To enlarge 
click on the
 document
      Inspector 
Albert W. Fontes
Inspector 
John Nason
on enforcement
       Inspector
Thomas Frydryk
      Inspector 
  Ralph Scopa
          Inspector
 James Leatherwood
       Inspector 
Richard LaBonte
         Inspector Charles Florentino
   Inspector's Outing 
      Boston Harbor
       August 1916
  1950's Picture
       Inspector
 William Minear
              Inspector
         Bob Gallagher 
             (seated)
1953 
Group Picture
Nashua Street
     Radar 
Enforcement
Registrar and Inspector 
Robert Panora 
and Staff
  Governor 
John Volpe
 with Inspectors 
at graduation
 Group shot 1972
    Inspector 
John McGrath
From left to right

Dick Moulison, Larry Massone, Bob Gallagher Bill Sisson and 
Dick Smith

At various times  Inspectors like these pictured above would  attend a 3 week Accident Investigation course at Northwestern University in Illinois
Actual final 
identification card
      Inspector
 Arthur Sheldon
As of March 2, 2010 older drivers will
 have to be eye tested to keep their driver licenses ! 
      Inspector
Ralph Tamulinas
     Labor Day  
   Enforcement
      Inspector 
William Sahovey
Inspector 
Ralph Tamulinas
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"
      Inspector
Joe Champagne
Registry Inspectors
attending Skid School
Governor
 Michael Dukakis and his wife greet Inspectors
George Haratounian and Paul Greaney
      Inspector 
  George Haroutunian
      the General 
     Inspector 
Robert Vassallo
Inspector
Vincent Strothers
Inspector
David Dennon
 Inspector
 Marcia Scully
The announcement 
       of the END
Inspector
Lisa Washington
Inspector 
George Sedares
Inspector 
Ed Woodsum
Inspector
 Joe Grant
Inspector 
Brian Kelley
Inspector
 Richard Larnard
 Inspector 
Paul Loud
It appears 
as of July 1, 2010 only two hearings officers are left 
at the RMV who 
have any law enforcement type experience !
       Inspector 
Marino Mavraides
         Inspector
Edward F. McMorrow
       Inspector 
Robert Pillsbury
    Inspector 
John A. Smith
      Inspector 
James Stanley

 Mike Doyle(left) 
 Champion
   Inspector 
Wesley Carr
  Inspector John Fraser
         Inspector
 Francis L.Desjeans
Haverhill Branch
 Inspectors with 
Registrar Alan Mackay 
    Inspector 
James Lineen
     Inspector
 Peter Doherty
     Inspector 
Tom Templeton
Effective Oct 1, 2010, you can not text and drive in MA
Stand by for more 
new laws !
       Inspector
Charles E. Peck
Inspector 
James Ryan
Summary of new LEOSA Law  
suggested changes
Inspector
William Sisson
Inspector 
William Sisson
Inspectors with 
Office Staff
Fatal Accident Investigation
Inspector 
Edgar Campana
Inspectors with
 the Governor
Inspectors with the Governor in Zone 1
Legislative Update
 Inspector 
Erik Singer
 The list updated    for 2011
Inspector
Patrick O'Brien
 Old patch
Tie Pin
  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. 
Listen Here
  Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Inspectors Association
1907
1992
         24 years later, we still remember !
      Inspector 
Derrill Demarino

Hit radio room ID Broadcast (A)
Radio Final Sign Off (B)
"audio of the radio room"
Registry Inspectors
Ray Scanzani seated center -others unknown ?
Inspector 
James Hogan
Inspector 
David Gayle
Inspector
Donald Fisher
"Never Forget" those who served this country and more importantly never returned to enjoy 
this country

"We will not forget"
A
 B

Inspector 
Rick Heugel
    in his own words 
just over 3 min long

Lt. John Cushman at the Kingston Police Station dedication ceremony 1986
Always fly the American Flag
Let no one take that right away !
        Inspector
     Gus Cassaro
    Inspector 
   Jay Arrow
  Inspector 
 Paul Pinto
Special Investigative Unit 1992
    Inspector 
Joan Trecartin
Inspectors 
Villa and Mullay
New Inspectors January 1985
   Inspector 
John Bianco
1987 Fatal Team
NEVER FORGET

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
   Registry Inspectors
 Minear-Massone-Youngclaus-Burr
Inspector William Sisson
(behind wheel)
Accident
 Recon Team
Last Inspectors listings by work assignment
 under 
 30  


still working at MSP
Guess who
   Next Luncheon Date June 28th, 2017 
Nashua Street 
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
Paul Pinto 
    We hope you enjoy the site and history and
Another meeting at the State Police Crime Lab meeting was held to review pension reform.

It affects us all !

Watch out for a database form for all to fill out and return

More info later !
Asst Supervising Inspector Bill Grady
 Above left to right: Bill Grady,
Joe Macedo and Dave Dennen
​            1981
Milton Bednarz,
Harold Hart and
 Bill Grady look over a new inspection sticker
       Watch for reunion info coming soon
                Going to be a great time..