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Blanchard named Brookfield's top cop

Michael K. Blanchard. (click for larger version)
October 04, 2010
BROOKFIELD — There will soon be a new leader in the police department.

On Wednesday, Sept. 29, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to appoint Michael K. Blanchard of Sturbridge as the new Brookfield chief of police. Blanchard is currently a sergeant in the Sturbridge Police Department, where he has served since 2002.

The appointment is still contingent upon a salary agreement and Blanchard passing both a physical and psychological examination.

"I was very excited to be selected from that group of three finalists," Blanchard said. "It meant a lot. It was good competition, everyone was highly qualified and I was happy to be chosen."

According to his résumé Blanchard began his career in law enforcement at the Center for Human Development in Westborough in 1996, where he provided care and custody of youthful offenders. From 1997 to 2000 he worked at the Worcester County Sheriff's Office in West Boylston as a correction officer and a few months as a classification officer.

In that time (1999-2000) Blanchard worked as a patrolman in Rutland, responding to emergency and non-emergency calls and taking on general patrol responsibilities.

Blanchard's longest stint to date has been with the Sturbridge Police Department, where he started in 2002. He began as a patrolman, responding to calls and taking on patrol responsibilities and community policing. In 2004 he was promoted to detective and was tasked with preparing affidavits and executing search warrants, conducting investigations, preparing reports and testifying in court. In 2005 Blanchard was made sergeant and became a shift supervisor.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News and Friday's Spencer New Leader.

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