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Building relationships with police in Peabody

PEABODY — As the year winds down, Peabody Police Chief Thomas Griffin is thanking residents for communicating and building relationships with the police department.

“We have had great success throughout the year responding to citizen tips and feedback that provide imperative information in tackling isolated problematic areas within the city,” Griffin said in a statement.

Several major events this past year, including the Annual International Festival, the Peabody 100th Anniversary Parade and Centennial Concert, required extensive operational preparedness for the police department, including all emergency preparedness divisions of city and federal agencies, police said.

“Without building relationships with the community and neighboring agencies, these types of major public events would not be possible,” Griffin’s statement said.

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Other highlights for the police department have included the addition of several new patrol officers, which made current officers eligible for promotion to supervisory ranking positions within various divisions of operations. A K-9 unit was added to the department and other specialized personnel has increased.

“As a community, if we continue to move forward addressing pockets of isolated areas that disrupt our harmonious daily (activities), we can all help Peabody to maintain a world class status as a premiere North Shore community attracting new residents,” police said in a statement. “Best wishes for the upcoming new year from all members of the Peabody Police Department.”

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