The Brattleboro Police Department is pleased to announce that Chief Michael Fitzgerald has been recognized as a Prevention Champion by the State of Vermont. Recipients of this recognition will be honored at a ceremony at the Vermont Statehouse on February 22, 2018. Visit http://www.preventionworksvt.org/ for more information about the event.
Chief Fitzgerald was nominated by Cassandra Holloway, director of the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, for his tireless work in this area. In the words of her nomination:
“Chief Michael Fitzgerald takes a top-down approach to make a cultural switch within the department and he and his staff have created a mission statement to reinforce that the police in the town of Brattleboro will provide people who need help for substance use disorders with resources and support, at a time when (the need for) such intervention is ripe and critical.”
The nomination went on to mention Chief Fitzgerald’s years of service on the BAPC board and his ongoing collaboration with HCRS, Turning Point Recovery Center, and PAARI, the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative. He continues to leverage these partnerships into multi-discipline outreach teams that will seek out those struggling with addiction and their families at their most vulnerable time.
Please joing BPD in congratulating our chief on this important recognition of his work.