REPORT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT 2009
The Sturbridge Police Department has authorized 18 full time sworn police officer positions. This is comprised of one Chief of Police, one Lieutenant, four Sergeants and 12 Police Officers. The Sturbridge Police Department has four full-time civilian dispatchers and one full-time Administrative Assistant. In addition to its permanent staffing, the Department has one sworn reserve police officer, one part-time animal control officer and five part-time civilian dispatchers.
The Police Department provides a 24 hour, 7 day a week service to the town. We are located in the Public Safety Complex at 346 Main St. The Police Department has the responsibility for maintaining a 24 hour 7 day a week 911/police and fire dispatch center with continuous NCIC/CHSB interface with criminal justice agencies across the state and nation. The Police Department also has the responsibility for the Emergency Management function in Sturbridge. The Chief of Police is the Emergency Management Director for the town.
In 2009 there were some new additions to our force. Dispatcher Nancy Kellaher was hired to replace Kimberly Splaine and we hired Christine Brunelle and Scott Belanger as part time dispatchers to augment our per diem staff for dispatch. These employees are settling into their positions and will prove to be valuable assets to the organization and community.
2009 continued to be an award winning year for the Sturbridge Police Department. Highlights of the year included the well deserved recognition of Dispatcher Barbara Boiteau as the 2009 State E-911 Dispatcher of the Year and also the recipient of the prestigious 2009 Jeff Grossman Award. We are very proud of Barbara and grateful for her valuable service. The Sturbridge Police won first place in the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Challenge (a program that spotlights/recognizes Massachusetts Police Department traffic safety programs, services and achievements) This was the fourth time in five years that we have achieved first place honors in this very competitive challenge. The Police Department also was selected as the “Best Dressed” Police Department (50 and under) in the country. This honor was bestowed on us by Law & Order Magazine and the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors. We were also recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving with the MADD Drive for Life Award for our work in impaired driving enforcement.
We continue to have a strong relationship with our senior population. Our S.A.L.T. (Seniors And Law Enforcement Together) program continues to provide monthly informational meetings at the Sturbridge Senior Center. Again this year, we had a very successful Senior Cookout at the Public Safety Complex and our annual Spaghetti Supper at the Senior Center was filling and fun. I would like to thank the officers, their families and the restaurants and businesses in our community for their generosity. It is their commitments that make these events so successful.
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