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New Police Training Academy Slated to Open in 2024 

Deed Excise Revenue Down in First Quarter  

October 11, 2023 (BARNSTABLE COUNTY, MA) — Today the Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners received a progress update on the new state-funded police training academy located in Falmouth, MA. 

Retired Chief Frank Frederickson, now Director of Government Affairs for the Massachusetts Fraternal Order of Police, Retired Chief Peter Carnes, former director of the County’s Police Training Academy, and Chief Kevin Lennon, Yarmouth Police Department and Vice- Chair of the Police Chiefs Association, provided the Board an update on the development of a new police training academy.  The facility, located in Falmouth, is scheduled to open in 2024 and will have the capacity to provide new recruit training and law enforcement training needs for the region.   

Chairman Mark Forest emphasized, ‘This is a remarkable moment where we are at right now,’ underlining the dedication and hard work behind the police training academy project.  He emphasized the County’s leadership and financial investment in supporting the Barnstable County Municipal Police Training Academy, which held its last recruitment class in July 2022, paved the way for the new academy, which will be operated by the Massachusetts Police Training Commission.  Chief Carnes was acknowledged for his pivotal role in creating regional law enforcement training.  Commissioner Forest reiterated that the County stands firm in its commitment to supporting top-tier training facilities for our region’s law enforcement. 

Registry of Deeds Provides Cautionary First Quarter Revenue Report  

Register of Deeds Jack Meade and Assistant Register of Deeds David Murphy presented a first quarter deeds revenue status report.  The Registry’s fiscal year 2024’s first-quarter deeds revenue decreased by 18.74% compared to the same time last year.  The Registry reports that the volume of recordings is the lowest since 1982. The median sales price of a single-family home in Barnstable County reached $650,000, the highest median sales price on record. Mortgage rates, currently at 8%, have slowed property transactions, although high-end sales have partially offset reduced activity.  Registrar Jack Meade expressed caution about projected revenue, noting uncertainty about the market’s near-term stability, especially regarding interest rate fluctuations. 


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