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Groveland Police recognized for community service

The Groveland Police Department has received an award to recognize its community policing efforts. The Life Matters Award came from American Training, which offers training, job placement, counseling, and support to those who are unemployed or have physical and mental challenges. It was presented to Chief Robert Kirmelewicz and Deputy Chief Jeffrey Gillen. Police in Groveland “have brought a calming presence to potentially upsetting episodes among residents at American Training facilities, provided an escort to emergency rooms, and even stopped by to say hello to residents,” according to a statement from American Training. In addition to Groveland, police departments in nine other communities that house programs were recognized: Andover, Chelsea, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen, Newburyport, North Andover, and Wakefield.

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