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