2012 Annual Report letter
To Fitchburg residents:
As we look back at 2012 we find another challenging year has passed. We once again manage to make changes within the department that allowed us to maintain the same service to you, our customer. I’ve always been a person who believes that you should know what is happening as it relates to crime, and other information that we are responsible for. We have opened our doors not only with information, but the actually building by having tours of students; our intern program continues to grow, as does the Citizen on Patrol program. These programs represent volunteerisms at its best!
I predict that soon in the area of public safety, there will be a return of volunteering to help as cities and towns throughout America struggle with continuing growing financial problems. We must be willing to discuss alternative as we move forward in the next decade as to how we protect our communities.
A priority of mine in 2008 was to reduce the violence in the city as it relayed to alcohol and drugs. During that time homicides, stabbing, gang violence, as well as drug trafficking was a priority of this administration. Focusing on these issues over the last few years yield positive results. All of those categories are down (even though some numbers go up due to strict enforcement in those areas). We have our daily partners that helped us product a safer community.
We will not forget about yesterday, now we are focused on the quality of life issues, disorder, graffiti, noise, and other offenses that disrupt your daily lives. In policing there is always something else that needs to be addressed. And your department is up to all challengers.
I wish you the best in 2013 and hope this year brings enjoyment to you and yours.
Robert A. DeMoura
Chief of Police