Leonard J. Wetherbee,
Chief of Police
The Concord Police Department, with an authorized sworn staff of 35 positions, provides a complete range of public safety and community based services. These include, but are not limited to: community problem solving, criminal investigations, traffic control and enforcement, parking control and enforcement, preventive patrol, school crossing safety, elder services, and emergency response and management. The department also provides several community programs such as crime prevention, youth services, D.A.R.E. and R.A.D. instruction, school resource officers, child car seat installation and processes a variety of permits, licenses and applications.
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Partnerships formed with community based programs such as Domestic Violence Services of Central Middlesex, Inc. and Communities for Restorative Justice continue to provide a resource-sharing mechanism and referral network for the department. Communities for Restorative Justice received 14 police referral cases involving youth offenders in 2007 and 82% of affected victims agreed to participate in the restorative justice process. Evaluations from participants reflected satisfaction with the program.
The department staffs and supervises the Public Safety Communications Center. All emergency and non-emergency communications for police, fire and ems are handled through this Center. The department supervises a contracted Dog Officer and performs the prosecution function for the majority of the department’s District Court criminal and motor vehicle cases.
The Concord Police Department continues to be active with the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC). a regional consortium comprised of 47 police departments in Middlesex and Essex Counties, and two County Sheriff’s Departments. Their mission is to strengthen the individual communities through resource sharing. Concord Police Officers are members of the various functions of nemlec, such as; the Motor Unit, swat, Regional Tactical Team, K-9, Crime Scene Services, stars (School Threat Assessment and Response System) and Hostage Negotiations.
The department initiated recruitment in 2007 to fill vacant police officer positions due to retirements. Jeffrey Young, Charles Moore and Brian Soll were appointed as Concord Police Officers. All three were lateral transfers from other police agencies with experience in community policing programs. They are currently assigned to the department’s Patrol Division.
In August the department’s first K-9, “Pativ,” passed away after proudly serving the department and community for 7½ years. His successor, “Charik,” and handler, Officer Sylvia Toumayan recently completed intense training programs both in K-9, patrol procedures and narcotics detection. They are currently assigned to the Department’s Patrol Division.
State and Federal grant funding continues to provide the department with opportunities to purchase new equipment and technology, and fund existing programs. The department was awarded and administered grants pertaining to domestic violence, community policing, youth programs, and traffic enforcement initiatives from the State’s Highway Safety Division. The department was also awarded and administered grant funding through the Statewide Emergency Telecommunications Board for Emergency 911 training for both police officers and dispatchers.
The department aggressively sought funding opportunities for community based justice programs in 2007. Community Policing Grant money allowed the department to increase foot patrol, bicycle patrol and specialized traffic enforcement initiatives in specific problem areas. Officers also received additional training in school safety, conflict resolution and Restorative Justice through the Community Policing Grant.
v Law Enforcement Incidents, 2007 (partial listing)