The Chief’s Annual Report-
To the Honorable Board of Selectmen and the Citizens of West Bridgewater, as your Chief of Police, I submit this annual report on behalf of the West Bridgewater Police Department for the year of 2018.
In 2018, the West Bridgewater Police Department continued through the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) process. We have completed the two-day on-site assessment and now have met all of the requirements for full Certification. This was a huge undertaking for our department and for our Accreditation Manager, Lieutenant Timothy Nixon. I would like to thank all of our officers for their hard work and support of this process.
As I stated in my (2017) annual Town report, the department has reactivated a previously terminated 2001 dispatch program. In 2018 we continue to expand and hire more civilian personnel to be responsible for our in-house dispatching duties. I’m committed to this program as this renewed civilian staff will allow for more uniform officers back onto the roadways and into the community.
As we all know, 2018 was a monumental year as the Town voted overwhelmingly to hire their FIRST School Resource Officer. In 2018, Officer Kenneth Thaxter was assigned to the West Bridgewater Public Schools on a full time basis. This was a very busy year as we conducted a complete review of our school’s security measures and protocols. The department made necessary changes and implemented additional resources, equipment and policies. I applaud all of our residents and school partners for their patience and confidence in the police department while these changes were made.
In closing, my goal as your Chief of Police is to continue our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our residents. This strong relationship will ensure that every resident feels safe and secure in their home, school, or business.
Victor R. Flaherty Jr.
Chief of Police