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   To the residents of Fitchburg:

 

As I wind down my career at the Fitchburg Police Department, I want to bring some assurance to the residents of Fitchburg in relation to crime. Since becoming Chief of Police in Fitchburg (2008) I have been an active member of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs organization. Massachusetts communities with populations of more than 40,000 residents and/or who have more than 75 sworn officers serving on their respective police departments are invited to become members.

 

This past spring during our 2013 Annual Cape Cod Retreat I was surprised when our association vice-president Chief Brian Keyes (Chelsea) mentioned, while reporting his annual MMCC Crime Trend Review to the body, that the City of Fitchburg had the second largest decrease in “total” crime in Massachusetts (our group) for 2012, with a decrease of 18.63%. [Note: Total Crime = violent crime (murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults) plus property crime (burglary, larceny and MV theft).]

I want the residents of the city to understand one important thing. This didn’t just happen by accident. It happened because of the commitment of the men and women of the Fitchburg Police Department, both sworn and civilian.

 

I hope that we all would say that the visibility of officers have tripled. Our officers are not only on your streets, but in your schools, as well as taking care of gardens, and also teaching your child why they should become a police officer in our summer youth academy. 

We have become partners with Fitchburg State University by teaming up yearly to focus on next generation of (police) leaders in your community. Our intern program with FSU is second to none throughout the area, we have placed more interns into law enforcement jobs that any other police agency.

 

When we realized that no one was talking about the growing issue facing all communities, mental illness, we took the lead by realizing that our police department needed to partnered with the professionals in the mental health field and did so;

  

I, as Chief, could not be prouder of the work that continues to take place morning, noon and night; yes, remember that we work so you can sleep peacefully.

 

I could spend the next 5 hours on all the successes we’re had here at the FPD since 2008 but realize if there is one victim that we attend to today that is one victim too many.

 

As I wind down an important part of my life, I thank you for allowing me to share the last few years with you.            Chief Bob DeMoura 

 



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