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                                                                                   Winter 2009                  Semi-Annual Publication                                                                                                                                                       Volume 3, Issue 3
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Chief James A. DiGianvittorio

Commentary:

        It’s hard to believe that I will soon be in my third year as Chief of Police. I don’t know where the time has gone, it seemed like I blinked and the first two years were over.
I want to thank all of you for making my job easier. With the exception of a few small speed bumps that we were able to hurdle over and move forward.
 I have received many complements and praises from area police officers and Chief’s about how this department has come a long way in a short time, and that is a testament to all of us.

When I first introduced the Beat two years ago, I listed items that were high priority for me and things that we were planning to do at that time. I also provided the Board of Selectmen a list of goals and objectives and in review I’m happy to say that we met each goal that was set forth and we surpassed others.
        
I would like to remind everyone that this has not been a one man or one woman show. A group effort and a lot of teamwork have played a major role in the department’s success. I want to thank everyone who went above and beyond.

Some programs and projects that have been completed over the past two years.

New Officer In-Charge (Sgt. Jones)              Completed
Appoint New Patrolman (Bernhard)                Completed
Re-Institute the DARE Program           Completed
Roll Call Book                          Completed
Clean up Dispatch Area                  Completed
Move Chiefs Office upstairs                     Completed
Create Watch Commanders Office          Completed
New Breath Test Instructors                     Completed
New Evidence Room                       Completed
New Firearms Instructors                        Completed
Change over Police Cruiser Colors               Completed
New Low Profile Cruiser                 Completed
Replace Cruiser 43                              Completed
New RAD instructor (Arathuzik)          Completed                               
New Training Room                       Completed
New Officers work stations                      Completed

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New Weapons Program                     Completed
Promote two Sergeants                   Completed
Detective Sergeants Position                    Completed
Additional full-time officer
Adam Maccini                            Completed
Open the Station 24 hours a day         Completed February 14, 2008
Motor Cycle Unit (Trained officers)             Completed
Outfit & Train   Honor Guard            Completed
Remodel Kitchen area.                   Completed
Remodel downstairs officer’s room               Spring 2010
Patrol Rifles in Cruisers                       Completed
(Station gun rack)                              Completed
Introduce Dodge Chargers to the Fleet           Completed
Create a Rolling Command Vehicle (43)   Completed
Clean Basement                          Completed
Senior Greeters program                 Completed

These are just some of the items and issued that have been addressed.



        
                 I also advised you that I would dedicate funds for training. This past year we provided a wide variety of training for the entire department and have also broadened our training to encompass our neighboring departments. We have more training on the horizon that will benefit the department and give a better understanding of the problems that we must deal with on a day to day basis, such as drug activity, suicide and gang activity. If you have a specific topic that the department would like to see let me know and we will do our best to provide it.

                 The Middleton Police Department has been working with the Middleton Elementary Schools, the North Shore Vocational School, and the Masconomet Regional School System to institute a new program called the STARS Program. STARS is School Threat Assessment and Response System. This encompasses the training we received last summer with the State Police in the Active Shooters Training. Each officer will be updated and trained on this program in the very near future.
        
                 NEW POLICE WEB SITE  Since the conception of the Website we have had over 7500 visitors to the site.

                This past month we went live with the Town wide Web Site.
            
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We have a new computer system with recording capabilities which allows us (live-feed) video link to Middleton elementary schools.

I would like to continue to receive suggestions and ideas from the entire department in regards to new and innovative programs and projects to help better serve the community.

We have been able to upgrade some of areas of the police station building with the help of the North Shore Vocational School, however, as you know this is just a band aid and the longer a band aid is on the more tattered it gets. I will continually look for ways to make this building manageable until such time when the town will undertake a new public safety building project.


        
        Send me your suggestions at chief@middletonpolice.com.