Massachusetts Volunteer Law Enforcement Officer Association

Community policing duties carried out this summer by Middleboro auxiliary officers

24 Aug 2014 7:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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PHOTO COURTESY OF GEORGE ANDRADE JR. Auxiliary police officers, from left, Daniel Newton, George Andrade Jr. and Raymond Meleski, were among those who served on the Summer Bike and Beat Patrol this year.

MIDDLEBORO undefined Police Chief Bruce Gates received a budget supplement this year to expand his force with a Summer Bike and Beat Patrol, employing members of the axiliary police unit to fill the duty roster for the summer weeks beginning on May 4. The special patrol ends tomorrow. Auxiliary Officers work throughout the year on a voluntary basis. They perform such duties as walking beats and covering parades and any special event that requires extra police details for the town. Some members of the unit serve with the hope of landing a job in Middleboro or with another department.

Retired fire captain George Andrade, a members of the patrol, said the main duties were for the officers to be in the downtown area either on foot or on mountain bikes, which would allow them to cover the surrounding streets coming into town. They were also assisting regular officers during the busy times in all parts of the town. Their shifts were in four-hour increments, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m, and 2-6 p.m,, and one officer was assigned a 40-hour shift, Monday through Friday.

"It was very much community policing," Andrade said "He wanted us to be visible, to meet and talk with the people and to get to know them with a personal touch, and for them to get to know the officers too.

"The unit as a whole would like to thank Chief Gates for considerating the auxiliary officers, and for showing the appreciation he has for our unit," he said.

The officers who were assigned the summer patrol were George Andrade Jr., Stephen Bliss, Douglas Blanchette, Bryan Derochea, Charles Lemieux, Raymond Meleski, Daniel Newton (40-hour shifts) Andrew Sederquist, Robert Stephanian and Zachary Trocki.

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