WPD Earns Gold in Law Enforcement Challenge
The department was praised by the Board of Selectmen during a meeting earlier this week.
During their meeting earlier this week, the Board of Selectmen praised the Wilmington Police Department for its recent recognition as a gold category winner in the Law Enforcement Challenege.
Police Chief Michael Begonis praised the work of the officers in his department who helped Wilmington earn one of the top spots among the 24 applications in this year’s contest.
As a result of its selection, the department earned a hand held radar gun, which is worth about $1,500.
Winners were chosen based on criteria such as the number of traffic accidents, compliance with safety belt laws, and more.
“Congratulations to you and the guys on the front line,” said selectmen Michael McCoy. “We appreciate the service that you do. Once again you step up to the plate. It’s not the first time you’ve been in here, and I’m sure it’s not the last.”
Begonis said what most impressed him was that the department earned the award despite being undermanned at times during the last year.
“It speaks volumes to the department’s efforts,” said Begonis. “It’s not harassment. It’s identifying people doing things that are unsafe. That effort brings down traffic accidents and brings down speeds.”
Michael Champoux was among the board members who praised the efforts of the local police, though he joked that he’d be sure to slow down on his drive home.
“The rest of the town should rest comfortably knowing that your crew is out there working diligently,” said Champoux.