Executive Order

Executive Order  No. 133: Regional criminal justice planning agencies

Date: 02/11/1977
Issuer: Michael S. Dukakis
Mass Register: No. 44
Superseded by: Executive Order 277

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WHEREAS the Crime Control Act of 1973, PL 93-83, provides in section 203(a) for the establishment of regional criminal justice planning units in order to inform and complement criminal justice planning efforts at the State level; and

WHEREAS the Intergovernmental Cooperative Act of 1968, PL 90-577, requires that planning required by individual Federal programs be coordinated with comprehensive local and area wide development planning; and

WHEREAS the Crime Control Act of 1973, PL 93-83, provides in section 203(a) for the establishment of regional planning and supervisory boards; and

WHEREAS the Massachusetts Committee on Criminal Justice has in recent years supported local planning agencies established by local ordinances within the Commonwealth's major cities; and

WHEREAS a directive of the Region One office of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration of February 9, 1976 has stated that the present local planning agencies do not meet the requirements of the hereinbefore mentioned statutes;

I, Michael S. Dukakis, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the statutes of the Commonwealth, in order to strengthen the role of regional planning in the criminal justice system, so that regional planning units will be established on a common organizational basis, so that regional planning jurisdictions include all cities and towns within the Commonwealth, and so that the priorities of regional planning units shall be determined by supervisory boards which are broadly representative of the criminal justice community and the general public, do hereby order the establishment of a statewide network of seven criminal justice planning regions and the establishment of planning units therein with the function and powers set out hereinbelow.

Article 1: Criminal Justice Planning Regions

The geographical area of the Commonwealth shall be divided into seven planning regions. This regional structure may be modified at the discretion of the Executive Director of the Committee on Criminal Justice, hereinafter referred to as the Committee, with the concurrence of the Governor.


Berkshire County

  • Adams
  • Alford
  • Becket
  • Cheshire
  • Clarksburg
  • Dalton
  • Egremont
  • Florida
  • Great Barrington
  • Hancock
  • Hinsdale
  • Lanesborough
  • Lee
  • Lenox
  • Monterey
  • Mount Washington
  • New Ashford
  • New Marlborough
  • North Adams
  • Otis
  • Peru
  • Pittsfield
  • Richmond
  • Sandisfield
  • Savoy
  • Sheffield
  • Stockbridge
  • Tyringham
  • Washington
  • West Stockbridge
  • Williamstown
  • Windsor

Franklin County

  • Ashfield
  • Athol
  • Bernardston
  • Buckland
  • Charlemont
  • Colrain
  • Conway
  • Deerfield
  • Erving
  • Gill
  • Greenfield
  • Hawley
  • Heath
  • Leverett
  • Leyden
  • Monroe
  • Montague
  • New Salem
  • Northfield
  • Orange
  • Petersham
  • Phillipston
  • Rowe
  • Royalston
  • Shelbourne
  • Shutesbury
  • Sunderland
  • Warwick
  • Wendell
  • Whately

Springfield Area

  • Agawam
  • Amherst
  • Belchertown
  • Blandford
  • Brimfield
  • Chester
  • Chesterfield
  • Chicopee
  • Cummington
  • East Longmeadow
  • Easthampton
  • Goshen
  • Granby
  • Granville
  • Hadley
  • Hampden
  • Hatfield
  • Holland
  • Holyoke
  • Huntington
  • Longmeadow
  • Ludlow
  • Middlefield
  • Monson
  • Montgomery
  • Northampton
  • Palmer
  • Pelham
  • Plainfield
  • Russell
  • South Hadley
  • Southampton
  • Southwick
  • Springfield
  • Tolland
  • Wales
  • Ware
  • West Springfield
  • Westfield
  • Westhampton
  • Wilbraham
  • Williamsburg
  • Worthington


Fitchburg Area

  • Ashburnham
  • Ashby
  • Ayer
  • Bolton
  • Clinton
  • Fitchburg
  • Gardner
  • Groton
  • Harvard
  • Hubbardston
  • Lancaster
  • Leominster
  • Lunenburg
  • Pepperell
  • Shirley
  • Sterling
  • Templeton
  • Townsent
  • Westminster
  • Winchendon

Worcester Area

  • Auburn
  • Barre
  • Berlin
  • Blackstone
  • Boylston
  • Brookfield
  • Charlton
  • Douglas
  • Dudley
  • East Brookfield
  • Grafton
  • Hardwick
  • Holden
  • Hopedale
  • Leicester
  • Mendon
  • Milford
  • Millbury
  • Millville
  • New Braintree
  • North Brookfield
  • Northborough
  • Northbridge
  • Oakham
  • Oxford
  • Paxton
  • Princeton
  • Rutland
  • Shrewsbury
  • Southbridge
  • Spencer
  • Sturbridge
  • Sutton
  • Upton
  • Uxbridge
  • Warren
  • Webster
  • West Boylston
  • West Brookfield
  • Westborough
  • Worcester


Lowell Area

  • Billerica
  • Chelmsford
  • Dracut
  • Dunstable
  • Lowell
  • Tewskbury
  • Tyngsborough
  • Westford

North Metro

  • Acton
  • Arlington
  • Bedford
  • Belmont
  • Boxborough
  • Burlington
  • Cambridge
  • Carlisle
  • Concord
  • Everett
  • Lexington
  • Lincoln
  • Littleton
  • Malden
  • Maynard
  • Medford
  • Melrose
  • North Reading
  • Reading
  • Somerville
  • Stoneham
  • Stow
  • Wakefield
  • Wilmington
  • Winchester
  • Woburn


Merrimack Valley

  • Amesbury
  • Andover
  • Boxford
  • Georgetown
  • Groveland
  • Haverhill
  • Lawrence
  • Merrimac
  • Methuen
  • Newbury
  • Newburyport
  • North Andover
  • Rowley
  • Salisbury

North Shore

  • Beverly
  • Chelsea
  • Danvers
  • Essex
  • Gloucester
  • Hamilton
  • Ipswitch
  • Lynn
  • Lynnfield
  • Manchester
  • Marblehead
  • Middleton
  • Nahant
  • Peabody
  • Revere
  • Rockport
  • Salem
  • Saugus
  • Swampscott
  • Topsfield
  • Wenham
  • Winthrop


West Metro

  • Ashland
  • Brookline
  • Dover
  • Framingham
  • Holliston
  • Hopkinton
  • Hudson
  • Marlborough
  • Natick
  • Needham
  • Newton
  • Sherborn
  • Southborough
  • Sudbury
  • Waltham
  • Watertown
  • Wayland
  • Wellesley
  • Weston

Southwest Suburbs

  • Bellingham
  • Canton
  • Dedham
  • Foxborough
  • Franklin
  • Medfield
  • Medway
  • Millis
  • Norfolk
  • Norwood
  • Plainville
  • Sharon
  • Walpole
  • Westwood
  • Wrentham

South Shore

  • Braintree
  • Cohasset
  • Hingham
  • Holbrook
  • Hull
  • Milton
  • Norwell
  • Quincy
  • Randolph
  • Scituate
  • Weymouth


  • Boston


Plymouth/Brockton Area

  • Abington
  • Avon
  • Bridgewater
  • Brockton
  • Carver
  • Duxbury
  • East Bridgewater
  • Easton
  • Halifax
  • Hanover
  • Hanson
  • Kingston
  • Marshfield
  • Pembroke
  • Plymouth
  • Plympton
  • Rockland
  • Stoughton
  • West Bridgewater
  • Whitman

New Bedford/Fall River Area

  • Acushnet
  • Attleboro
  • Berkley
  • Dartmouth
  • Dighton
  • Fairhaven
  • Fall River
  • Freetown
  • Lakeville
  • Mansfield
  • Marion
  • Mattapoisett
  • Middleborough
  • New Bedford
  • North Attleboro
  • Norton
  • Raynham
  • Rehoboth
  • Rochester
  • Seekonk
  • Somerset
  • Swansea
  • Taunton
  • Wareham
  • Westport

Cape and Islands

  • Barnstable
  • Bourne
  • Brewster
  • Chatham
  • Chilmark
  • Dennis
  • Eastham
  • Edgartown
  • Falmouth
  • Gay Head
  • Gosnold
  • Harwich
  • Mashpee
  • Nantucket
  • Oak Bluffs
  • Orleans
  • Provincetown
  • Sandwich
  • Tisbury
  • Truro
  • Wellfleet
  • West Tisbury
  • Yarmouth

Article 2: Criminal Justice Development Boards

Within each of the criminal justice planning regions established under Article One of this Order, with the exception of Region VI, Boston, which region shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Office of the Mayor, there shall be a criminal justice development board, hereinafter referred to as the board, to consist of a chief of police, a judge or his designee, a sheriff, a representative of an agency related to the prevention and control of juvenile delinquency, and six other persons to consist of the following: at least one executive officer of a city or town with a population of more than fifty thousand persons, a State legislator from the region, two selectmen or city councillors from the region, and two other persons such that no less than five members of the board shall be locally elected officials; all of whom shall be appointed by the Governor, in consultation with the Executive Director of the Committee, to one-year terms. Those members of the Committee on Criminal Justice who reside in the region shall sit on said boards, by virtue of their membership on the Committee. They shall enjoy all the privileges of membership on the boards and shall not be subject to appointment by the Governor. Upon the expiration of the term of an appointive member, he shall serve until the qualification of his successor, who shall be appointed in like manner. Any vacancy on the board due to causes other than the expiration of a term shall be filled for the remainder of the term by the Governor. The chairman of the board shall be designated from time to time by the Governor.

The board shall advise the Committee on all phases of adult and juvenile systems of law enforcement and criminal justice; study the problems and needs of, and set priorities for the Committee on improvements in response to adult and juvenile crime at the regional, county, and local levels; develop and revise a comprehensive law enforcement and criminal justice plan for the region, with special concentration on areas with serious crime problems, and make recommendations to the Committee concerning the allocation of funds awarded to Massachusetts under Title I, Parts B, C, and E, of the Crime Control Act of 1973 and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974; review and comment on all applications for funds under these acts submitted by local units of government in the regions.

The board shall meet at least four times a year and may meet at other times at the call of the chairman. The chairman shall determine the place for holding each meeting and shall send notice of any meeting to the Executive Director of the Committee and all board members. A majority of members then serving shall constitute a quorum.

Article 3: Criminal Justice Development Agencies

There shall be a director of the board, hereinafter referred to as the director. He shall be appointed and may be removed, with the approval of the Committee and of the board, by the chief executive officer of the grantee unit of government. The director shall receive such salary as the chief executive officer of the grantee unit of government may determine with the approval of the Committee and of the board. The director shall be qualified by training and experience in the field of criminal justice and preferably shall be experienced in the planning, development and evaluation of criminal justice services and programs. He shall be the chief administrative and executive officer of the board. He shall attend meetings of the board, and shall report to the board upon the performance of the staff and their duties. The director shall, with the approval of the grantee unit of government, and of the Committee, establish such staff positions as deemed necessary. Such personnel shall receive such compensation as the director, with the approval of the grantee unit of government, and the Committee, shall from time to time fix, and shall not be subject to the provisions of chapter thirty-one or section nine A of chapter thirty of the General Laws. This staff shall be known as the criminal justice development agency (CJDA) for its region. Except where required by Federal law, no part of the salary of a board director or staff member shall be paid from state funds, and in any event, no monies from the State to the board shall exceed the amounts given to the board by the Committee pursuant to Part B of the Crime Control Act of 1973.

The director and such staff as he shall appoint for Region VI, Boston, shall be subject to the same qualifications and restrictions except that they shall be answerable to and within the jurisdiction of the Office of the Mayor of the City of Boston.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 11th day of February in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and seventy seven and of the Independence of the United States of America, two hundred and one.

Michael S. Dukakis
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Paul Guzzi
Secretary of the Commonwealth

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