Massachusetts Volunteer Law Enforcement Officer Association


  • 22 Sep 2013 5:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A well kept secret is out - Wally the Green Monster was once an auxiliary (Newton) and reserve (Westborough) officer - As we all know, auxiliary and reserve officers come from a wide variety of backgrounds...  Note: Mike is not the only auxiliary officer who also works as Wally the Green Monster.


    When Police Chief Alan Gordon introduced you to the board of selectmen, he revealed your secret identity undefined you were Wally the Green Monster. How did you become Wally the Green Monster?

    I interned for the Worcester IceCats when I was in high school and started working the game nights with the mascot, Scratch. Someone said I should talk to this guy from Worcester who works for the Red Sox. I just started talking to this guy who worked as Wally and I opened my mouth and said, 'If you ever need any help, give me a call.' I got called in April 2005. I was with the team until I separated from them last year.

    What was your job as Wally?

    I represented the team, no matter how good or bad the team is doing. When the team was winning, I was there; when you lose a game on Sunday night, Monday morning you are right back at it. Some people don't want to see you, but Wally always has a smile on his face.

    I tell people I am Wally's friend. Wally is a real person, I just put the suit on. I started as Wally's escort, I was his eyes, ears and voice. I traveled all over New England with the team; I went to Florida, Virginia, South Carolina, a lot of places where the farm team was playing. I did community reading programs with Wally and a lot of other community appearances. We did a lot of work with the Jimmy Fund. I've gone to birthday parties as Wally. I've even walked a bride down the aisle as Wally.

    I was even Wally's mother on Mother's Day. I miss it. I miss being with the team.


    Michael Prizio, a reserve police officer in Westboro, shows off his 2007 World Series ring earned when he worked as Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster. (T&G Staff/RICK CINCLAIR)

    What was your most memorable moment as Wally?

    Probably, for me, it was 2007. There wasn't a season like it. It was down to the wire and just to see them win it all undefined it was great to be part of that. I never thought I'd get a World Series ring. It was crazy. I remember being on the field after we won, with Kevin Youkilis. I remember the first time I worked at Fenway and walked right onto the field. It was an amazing time for me, to be behind the scenes and to be able to share that with my family.

    Do many people know you did this and how do they react to it when they find out?

    I don't talk about it a lot, but people can't believe I left. I was in high school when I started this and I went to every game, 81 games a season. If I missed five games, that was a lot. I would eat, breathe and sleep Fenway and Wally.

    Why did you leave?

    I was there for eight seasons, from 2005 until last year. I left to put myself through the police academy.

    How has Wally helped shape who you are today?

    I think I have a lot more patience. Wally never spoke. How do you express yourself when you can't talk? Some people aren't going to like you for the job you do, but I try to see the good in everybody. I was the ultimate Red Sox fan. When we lost it was terrible, but there was always another game. You never know what the next season will bring, but we were there every game.

    What does a reserve police officer do?

    I serve the community on a part-time basis doing construction details or at events, like those sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The reserves fill in for the full-time officers whenever they are available.

    Why become a reserve officer in Westboro?

    My family owns a restaurant in town undefined The Regatta Deli undefined and I have spent a lot of time in town, When I decided I wanted to become a police officer, I started to look around and tried to get in in 2011. I went through the process, but I wasn't academy trained. I didn't get in, so I decided to put myself through the Worcester Police Academy.

    Why do you want to be a police officer?

    That's the toughest question to answer. I was on the auxiliary police force in Newton, which was 100 percent volunteer. We were the eyes and the ears, we patrolled the streets in a cruiser and I just fell in love it with it. I have always been a people person, and this is a different way of serving your community. I did a ride-along in the city and ever since that day, I knew this was what I wanted to do. Eventually I would like to become a full-time police officer in Westboro.

    So now that you are no longer Wally, and you serve when needed, what do you do for a full-time job?

    I'm still at the deli. I still work for my parents at the Regatta.

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  • 22 Sep 2013 5:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Chelmsford - The Chelmsford Auxiliary Department is a dedicated unit of men and women who assist the regular police force where there is an immediate need for additional personnel, such as in times of disaster. Its purpose and mission is clearly defined as "assistance" during peak times and events when additional bodies are needed to perform a variety of tasks.

    The auxiliary police members are also available to assist in other areas such as parades, emergency situations, car accidents, road races, town-wide events and functions.

    This unit provides a mechanism for individuals who are aspiring to become involved in areas of public safety. Being affiliated with this unique organization is exciting, as well as fulfilling. Knowing that you are giving back to the community in both good times and times of need is the central focus of the organization.

    The department is looking for men and women, ages 14-18 for Jr. Auxiliary, ages 18-21 for Brownie Division as well as those 21 and older for Auxiliaries in Blue. If you are someone who has always aspired to enter law enforcement, this is a nice way to be able to experience it first hand. Many started in the auxiliary at a young age and have moved on to permanent police jobs. Many auxiliary are college students and are able to earn credits while participating in this program.

    An informational night will be held on Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the police station, 2 Olde North Road. The night will consist of learning what the auxiliary is about, how exciting a position this can be, followed by a question and answer forum. After this informational session is over, if you are interested in joining, you may fill out an employment application.

    For more information, call Sgt. Gail Beaudoin at 978-256-2521, ext. 111.

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  • 10 Sep 2013 2:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    September 6, 2013

    Chief of auxiliary police relieved of duty

    Mayor Lantigua says decision was not his

    LAWRENCE undefined Jay Jackson, the man who has been chief of the city’s volunteer auxiliary police force for a quarter of a century, has been relieved of those duties pending the results of an unspecified in-house investigation.

    The axe fell Wednesday, the first full day after Police Capt. James Fitzpatrick was appointed Interim Chief of the Lawrence Police Department by Mayor William Lantigua. Fitzpatrick took over from John Romero who resigned after 15 years.

    Fitzpatrick told The Eagle-Tribune yesterday that Jackson was “relived of his duties” as auxiliary chief after a verbal briefing from command staff on the status of the in-house inquiry.

    Jackson, 60, is also a paid civilian facilities manager in the Lawrence Police Department.

    Fitzpatrick said he does not know how long the investigation will take or if Jackson’s civilian job in the department is in jeopardy. “I cannot elaborate because the inquiry is not complete,” he said.

    Reached by phone yesterday, Jackson declined to comment other than to say he was going to talk with his lawyer.

    Fitzpatrick would not comment on whether the investigation is related to an internal affairs investigation of Jackson last year.

    Jackson was disciplined last year after several men he supervised complained of sexual harassment. In addition, the officers, some of whom had resigned or been dismissed from the force before filing the complaint, said Jackson did not provide them required training, left violent incidents he happened upon while on patrol and gave promotions, the best equipment and preferred shifts to officers he liked better.

    The Lawrence Auxiliary Police Force consists of about 35 volunteers. Its primary goal is to “assist and augment” the sworn force.

    Established in 1950, its officers have provided a wide variety of services including patrolling municipal buildings, parks, playgrounds, and other public places. They provide traffic support for road and bicycle races, parades, municipal events and church functions.

    Jackson is a main witness in pending criminal case against Deputy Police Chief Melix Bonilla, former campaign manager for Mayor Lantigua.

    “I had nothing to do with (Jackson) being relieved of his duties,” Mayor Lantigua told The Eagle-Tribune yesterday evening. “It was all based on the recommendation by Romero and Fitzpatrick.”

    According to grand jury testimony, Jackson said Bonilla threatened to have him fired if he didn’t help Bonilla with an illegal swap of 13 city-owned cars for four Chevrolet Impalas.

    Bonilla is facing extortion, fraud and conspiracy charges as a result of the car swap.

    Testifying before the grand jury on April 25, 2012, Jackson said he feared losing his job; his only source of income and health insurance after he had a heart attack four years prior.

    Under questioning by prosecutor Michael Patten, Jackson said he only helped with the car swap because he feared being fired.

    Lantigua has allowed Bonilla to remain on paid administrative leave from the department while his criminal case is pending. Bonilla earns $140,000 annually and was indicted nearly a year ago on Sept. 11, 2012.

    Bonilla’s defense attorney Alex Cain said he is “closely following the matter” involving Jackson. “At this point I’m going to decline comment,” Cain said yesterday.

    Mayoral candidate Juan “Manny” Gonzalez said he was deeply concerned to hear of the allegations against Jackson, which he described as “added negativity to the city.”

    “I understand that everything is allegations. But these are our leaders. The people our children look up to and they keep falling one by one ... It’s one thing after another. As a community, we need to do something about this,” Gonzalez said.

    City Councilor members, including City Councilor at Large Daniel Rivera, who is council’s vice president and a mayoral candidate, and Marc Laplante, who represents District D, declined to commenting on Jackson’s case until they learn more about it.

    City Council President Frank Moran also did not want to comment.

    “I have dealt with him in the past and he is a good person,” said Moran. “He is very responsive when I’ve called him to get auxiliary police to an event.”

    Jackson has been auxiliary chief for 26 out of the 40 years he has been with the auxiliary force.

  • 25 Aug 2013 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB)– Kids are swinging, running, and playing under the hot summer sun. They have full reign of Chicopee’s Wisniowski Park except for the wading pool.

    Broken glass is strewn around it.

    Obscene graffiti, which has now been painted over, has forced it to be locked up for the rest of the summer.

    “It’s really bad. There are a lot of kids around this park who use this pool because they don’t have one. Just like millions of other kids. Their bad actions didn’t just affect them, it affected at least 100 other kids here,” said Pamela Livingston-Drinkwine.

    It would take 25,000 gallons of water and cost nearly $6,000 to clean and refill the wading pool to reopen it, until it closes again for the season on August 16.

    Vandals also got to the sign and a building at Ray Ash Park.

    It was for the very same reason that Mayor Bissonnette took the basketball hoops down in Szot Park last summer, and is now asking for the community to step up once again.

    “People need to self-police. It hadn’t been an issue this year, now we’ve got this rash of vandalism and we’re going to get after it,” Bissonnette adds. “People have got to take responsibility. If you see something, people vandalizing, go talk to the police about it, anonymously, they’ll let you do that. Otherwise we’ll just have things shut down,” added AnnMarie Baxter.

    In addition, Mayor Bissonnette is working with the police department to put up surveillance cameras not only in the parks, but in 6 other areas around the city, including downtown.

    Auxiliary police will also be trained and work as park police for the summer.

    Police Chief Thomas Charette says security cameras will be up at Wisniowski Park by next week.

  • 22 Jul 2013 11:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “It’s a great program for us. It works very well,” he said.

    Several communities, including Easton, Avon, Rockland, Bridgewater, Middleboro, Raynham, West Bridgewater, Whitman and Holbrook, have special police officers or auxiliary officers, and their duties can vary by community.

    The responsibilities of special police officers can range from helping out at town parades to bringing a prisoner to a hospital to working a detail at a construction site, officials said.

    In Holbrook, auxiliary officers assist at town parades and during any emergencies, Holbrook Police Chief William Marble said. Weekend nights they assist regular police officers. The volunteer officers pay for their firearms, gun belts, uniforms, and the Police Department pays for their vests, Marble said.

    Auxiliary officers can graduate to a special police officer position, and work paid details that are first offered to police union members, Marble said.

    Special police officers receive training before taking on the job, officials said. The length and location of training varies by community. In Rockland, for example, special police officers undergo training at a reserve academy in Plymouth for six to eight weeks.

    In Easton, special police officers complete training at South Suburban Police Institute in Foxboro, and also undergo 21 hours of in-service training for two years, said Police Chief Allen Krajcik.

    Special police officers pay for their uniforms, firearms, and training fees, Krajcik said.

    “They have all the powers of a regular police officer,” he said.

    East Bridgewater, in the past, has prohibited special police officers without a law enforcement background from carrying a firearm, said former Police Chief John L. Silva Jr.

    “The only ones provided guns were ex-cops,” Silva said.

    It was unclear last week if that policy still applies in East Bridgewater. Current police chief, John Cowan, did not respond to calls for comment .

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  • 22 Jun 2013 11:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Auxiliary police officers were disbanded toward the end of 2011 when a lawsuit was brought against one of them and a couple of other city cops. The issue of liability coverage came up when the private firm that typically handles legal defense for the Waltham Police Department told the auxiliary officer it wouldn’t defend him. Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix suspended the use of all auxiliary officers until they could get liability coverage.

    Mayor Jeannette McCarthy, members of the Law Department and acting Police Chief Keith MacPherson met with the Ordinance and Rules Committee Monday night to hammer out specific language for the ordinance that would allow the reinstatement of auxiliary police.

    “There’s still interest in those positions and the volunteers that were existing auxiliary officers want to come back,” McCarthy said. “They do a great job.”

    The city officials are looking to change Section 14-11 of the Police Department’s ordinances, which covers the definition of auxiliary police officers’ responsibilities, to include more specific language. The current ordinance refers to the auxiliary officers as “community services officers,” but the new ordinance would refer to them as “auxiliary police officers.” MacPherson said a part of why they want the title changed is because the title “police” means a lot to people who could be interested in the job. MacPherson also said the issue of auxiliary officers’ liability coverage has since been figured out.

    “We found a law firm that would be willing to cover them at a low rate … in the event there’s an [auxiliary police officer] ever named in the future,” MacPherson said.

    Ordinance and Rules Committee Chairman Edmund Tarallo said they’re fine-tuning the language of the ordinance and if the newest draft could be submitted before the City Council’s docket deadline on Thursday, the committee could pass it out to the full council as early as Monday night. Monday marks the City Council’s final meeting before its summer session and it wouldn’t meet again until August. Barring any unforeseen issues, the council could give the auxiliary officer ordinance a first read on Monday and a second and final read during the August special summer meeting.

    “I’m pleased that this has come forward because we’ve been too long without our auxiliary forces,” Tarallo said. “They provide an invaluable service to the city.”

    MacPherson said 33 years ago auxiliary officers were fully armed and had all the same abilities as regular officers, but over the years the position has changed and now they’re responsible for civic duties, such as helping out on details, parades, festivals and most importantly lightening the load for city police officers. Auxiliary officers would not be given the power of arrest and would not be permitted to carry firearms.

    “We give them some police training like handcuffing techniques and pepper spray use,” MacPherson said. “We like to give them some police-related classes because they’re typically interested in having a police career in the future or just want to give back to the community.”

    The case

    The issue of the liability coverage and ordinance came up in the latter part of 2011 when a criminal complaint was brought against auxiliary police officer Robert Dolins along with city police officers Michael Piantedosi and Charles Wentworth. George VonDohlen, who was arrested by the Waltham Police Department for shoplifting, brought a case against the officers involved. VonDohlen claimed he was falsely arrested and imprisoned and that the officers used excessive force while apprehending him. VonDohlen later admitted he was guilty of the shoplifting charges. The case has since been settled, according McCarthy.

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  • 17 May 2013 7:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Message from the Sharon Police Department:

    The week of May 13–18 is National Police Week. And May 15 is National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day, a time to honor and remember our country's law enforcement officers that lost their lives in the line of duty.

    Presently there are more than 19,000 names inscribed on the granite walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Thirty-three of those names were deaths occurring in 2012 and 41 more names have already been added for 2013.

    Each officer's death is a true tragedy and a reminder of the extreme danger that comes along with wearing the badge.

    In the year 1966, Sharon Auxiliary Police Officer Stratford B. Allen was struck by an automobile while directing traffic at a Fourth of July carnival at Deborah Sampson Park and succumbed to his injuries on July 6, 1966. He was 74 years old at the time of his death.

    He was a vibrant man, well loved and respected and had volunteered his services to the police department for more than twenty years.

    Please take a moment to reflect on the great sacrifice made by Officer Allen and his family, as well as all the fallen officers and their survivors.

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  • 25 Apr 2013 7:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    CAMBRIDGE - Hours before a memorial service for Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier was set to begin, singer James Taylor sang as police officers began filing into Briggs Field at MIT. Uniformed officers paraded in holding a sea of flags.


    Police officers look at the program notes as they arrive to a memorial service for fallen Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus officer Sean Collier at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Authorities think the 27-year-old Collier was shot and killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects last Thursday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to address the service, as is Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat. Andrew Collier, Sean’s brother, will speak along with MIT Police Chief John DiFava. Volunteers and attendees wore badges reading “Collier Strong.”

    Collier, 26, was shot dead in his police cruiser on the MIT campus Thursday evening, allegedly by Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. His killing sparked a chase and gun battle that resulted in the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Dzhokhar was captured Friday evening and remains hospitalized and under arrest. A private funeral service for Collier was held Tuesday.

    State police and police from around the state came to patrol the service, to allow the Cambridge police to attend. The service is open only to law enforcement and members of the MIT community.

    Before the service, former colleagues remembered Collier as a man destined to become a police officer. Collier joined the Somerville auxiliary police force, a volunteer organization, when he was 19. He was hired by the Somerville police force in 2008, first as an intern, then as a records clerk and information technology assistant. He left in January 2012 and took a job with the MIT police.

    “He oozed police,” said Jerry Carvalho, chief of the Somerville auxiliary police. “He was a cop’s cop.”

    The auxiliary police did unpaid details, patrolling schools, parks and churches. Collier progressed through the ranks to become a sergeant, Carvalho said. He would put 1,000 hours a year into the volunteer position. In the summers, he worked for the Hull Police Department.

    Carvalho said Collier was constantly working in his community – helping the homeless, working with MIT students and volunteering for police work. “There are some officers who join because they want a paycheck. There are others who want to help everyone out in the world,” Carvalho said. “That’s what he was.”

    For four years, Collier worked in the office of Somerville Police Officer Robert Ankenbauer focusing on information technology. Ankenbauer said Collier paid attention to all the details of police work. When he first interviewed with Ankenbauer for a college internship, Ankenbauer recalled, “He told me then and there, ‘I want to be a cop in life.’”

    “He was destined to be a police officer,” Ankenbauer said.

    Collier pulled records for people. He designed the Somerville Police Force’s web page and created its Facebook page, Twitter account and YouTube account.

    Danny Gilligan, who works in the grounds department at MIT, said Collier was the “new kid on the force,” having been there just a year. But he already fit in well with the community. “He was just a teddy bear, a nice kid,” Gilligan said.

    To Annkenbauer, Collier was like a third son. Ankenbauer teared up remembering him. “He left a big hole in my heart,” he said.

  • 20 Apr 2013 9:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Melrose Auxiliary Police Captains Mike Batchelder and Dave Dragan, both of Melrose, responded to the Boston Marathon bombing site after having worked several hours doing detail earlier in the day.

    Shortly after returning home from working police detail for several hours at the Runner's Village in Hopkinton during the 2013 Boston Marathon, the bombs were detonated near the finish line, according to Melrose Auxiliary Police Captain Mike Batchelder.

    Batchelder, recently retired after 21 years of service with Melrose-based 1-182 Infantry, completed his 16th Boston Marathon detail (13 with the 182nd Infantry, three with the Melrose Auxiliary) on Monday. He serves as one of two operations officers for the Melrose Auxiliary Police Department, which is comprised of EMTs, sheriffs, university police officers, 182nd Infantry soldiers, recent Reserve Intermittent Police Academy graduates and Federal officers with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Reserve Bank.

    Working Detail in Hopkinton

    While on detail, everything seemend to be going just fine, according to Batchelder. "Originally, our detail was to secure the Runner's Village and also to direct traffic at a few intersections in Hopkinton. As far as we knew it was just another picture perfect Boston Marathon," he said.

    Captain Dave Dragan, a Melrosian like Batchelder, was also working detail his fifth for the Melrose Auxiliary unit at the race on Monday.

    "Our part of the marathon detail was over when this atrocity occurred," Dragan said, adding that the officers worked from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. "We were all at dismissed when this occurred. As soon as I heard about the blast I thought it was probably a terrorist act."

    Batchelder, a four-year officer with the local auxiliary, said he had just gotten home when the bombs were set off shortly before 3 p.m. The bombings claimed the lives of three people and injured more than 100.

    "After the second explosion, I knew exactly what it was," Batchelder said. "I reached out to my contacts and immediately put out the word that we would report to Boston if needed." 

    Call of Duty

    After witnessing the events unfold on television for a couple hours, Batchelder received word from the incident commander for the Boston Police that they could use assistance at the scene.

    "I was able to mobilize 10 officers right away (several of us who had reported to Hopkinton at 6:30 a.m.), and had a few more meet us later in the evening," he said. "We were assigned to three street corners surrounding the crime scene and tasked with keeping anyone out who was not Boston Police or FBI."

    Securing the Boston Marathon Crime Scene

    Dragan, a 13-year veteran with the Melrose Auxiliary, outlined the team's response.

    "We responded to the Boston Common parking garage on Charles Street, the site of the operations center, at about 8 p.m.," he said. "From there we were dispatched to the intersections of Stuart and Dartmouth Streets and St. James Avenue and Dartmouth Street (at) Copley Square.

    "The medical tent was at Copley and the medical examiner was still there. Our job was to keep unauthorized individuals from entering the crime scene, which can be extremely hard with some of the foreign news media not understanding."

    One Long Day

    Dragan continued, saying the unit was called to the operations center at 3 a.m. to see about relief, but with no one immediately available to help they agreed to stay until 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

    "...At this time most of us had been up since 3:30 Monday morning," he said. "When I called the operations center at about 6:15 (a.m. Tuesday), the lieutenant on duty told me 'you are relieved and God bless you.'"

    Officers React to Bombings

    Like many others, Batchelder said he felt "periods of shock, sadness and anger" about the bombings. Dragan added that he felt "disgust and anger, as the person (or persons) that did this is nothing but a coward. There is nothing that can condone the murder and maiming of innocent people like this."

    Who Secured the Boston Marathon Crime Scene?

    A dozen Melrose Auxiliary Police Officers responded to the Boston Marathon crime scene to help secure it, including:

    • Captain Michael Batchelder, Officer in charge, Melrose
    • Captain Dave Dragan, Melrose
    • Lieutenant James Cassier, Wakefield
    • Lieutenant Vincent Lamberti, Braintree
    • Lieutenant Christopher Waites, East Boston
    • Patrolman Scott Addison, Lynn
    • Patrolman Peter Costello, Norwood
    • Patrolman Marcio Francioli, Medford
    • Patrolman Allen Gee, Somerville
    • Patrolman Hanshin Hsieh, Lexington
    • Patrolman Hanwei Hsieh, Cambridge
    • Patrolman Jose Gomez, Boston
    • Patrolman Luis Ortiz, Roxbury

  • 07 Apr 2013 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We want to congratulate Robert Sanborn Sr. on his retirement as chief of the Winthrop Auxiliary Police following 39 years of service. The Town Council honored Sanborn for his volunteer service to the town and it was a touching ceremony as Mr. Sanborn said he is leaving a job that he loved.

    Robert Sanborn Sr. (second from left), retiring Auxiliary Police Chief, is pictured at Town Hall with members of his proud family, from left, son-in-law Frank Oulette, son Robert Sanborn Jr., daughter-in-law Diana Sanborn, daughter and Auxiliary Lieutenant Colleen Molloy, and daughter Susan Sanborn Ventresca.

    We learned at the ceremony that our police chief, Terence Delehanty, got his start in the field of law enforcement as a radio operator for the Auxiliary Police under Chief Sanborn. Delehanty was among those lauding Sanborn for his contributions to our town.

    Thank you, Chief Sanborn, for all that you gave to our town and its residents.

    Council Honors Retiring Auxiliary Police Chief Sanborn

    Robert Sanborn Sr. is stepping down as chief of the Winthrop Auxiliary Police after 38 years of service in the volunteer department.

    The Town Council honored Sanborn with a special citation at its meeting Tuesday night. Council President Peter Gill made the presentation at the outset of the meeting.

    “It gives me a great deal of pleasure to recognize Chief Sanborn,” said Gill. “On behalf of the residents of the town of Winthrop we extend our most sincere congratulations and thanks and offer our best wishes to you in all your future endeavors.”

    Sanborn, 71, joined the Auxiliary Police in September, 1974, and was appointed chief of the Auxiliary in 1981, beginning a stretch of 32 years as its leader. “A friend of mine, Jack Kelly, got me involved and it’s been a part of my life ever since.”

    Sanborn retired in May, 2011, from his job as an executive driver for Boston Coach.

    Sanborn said he will miss his service in the Auxiliary Police. “Like Mayor Menino said the other day, ‘I’m leaving a job I really love.’ “But it was my time to step down and let somebody else run it.”

    Sanborn said he once thought about joining the Winthrop Police Department. “But by the time I got interested in it, I was two years over the age limit back in those days. I think the age limit for applying for 32 and I was 34. Otherwise I probably would have been on the regular police department.”

    Police Chief Terence Delehanty, who began his career as a radio operator in the Auxiliary, offered his congratulations to Sanborn.

    “Thirty-eight years of service as a volunteer for this community is unheard of,” said Delehanty. “We owe you a great debt of gratitude and appreciation for your dedication over the years and to your family for the time that you’ve taken away from them to volunteer for our services. Your leadership has been tremendous and the Police have cemented a great relationship with the Auxiliary and your assistance has been invaluable at particular times of the year such as the third and fourth of July and many other times throughout the year.”

    Deputy Auxiliary Chief Christopher Hall, who is line to be the next Auxiliary Chief, also thanked Sanborn for setting a great example for auxiliary police officers and congratulated him for his 38 years of distinguished and loyal service to the organization.


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