Randolph Police Donates Refurbished Trailer to High School Blue Devils Marching Band

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Friday, Aug. 16, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Donates Refurbished Trailer to High School Blue Devils Marching Band

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department recently donated a refurbished police equipment transport trailer to the Randolph High School Blue Devils Marching Band.

The trailer, previously used to transport police equipment, was no longer being used by the department. With the help of the Randolph Department of Public Works and two local businesses, the trailer was restored inside and out and donated to the band. The trailer was donated and refurbished earlier this summer and was put in use by the band this week.

On Thursday, the marching band brought the trailer to the police department and town hall and performed part of their new 2019 field show for Chief Pace, Town Manager Brian Howard and a representative from public works to show their appreciation for the donation.

“We’re happy to be able to support the Blue Devils Marching Band and hope this trailer will serve them well for years to come,” Chief Pace said. “Projects like this are excellent representations of the community policing initiatives our department is proud to take on.”

The trailer will be used by the band to transport equipment to area field show competitions. For several weekends each fall, the Blue Devils Marching Band, under the direction of Adam Shekleton, participates in competitions at other area high schools as part of the New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA).

Each weekend during the field show season, the band transports equipment and props for approximately 70 students. Before the Randolph Police Department’s trailer donation, the band would rent a truck every weekend through the music booster program to transport its equipment.

“We’re thankful to Chief Pace and the Randolph Police Department for thinking of us with this donation,” Shekleton said. “It’s great to have a trailer of our own so we can more effectively transport our equipment from competition to competition.”

Chief Pace would like to thank the Randolph Department of Public Works, L&W Auto Body in Randolph and Mark’s Signs Plus in Randolph for their work restoring, painting and adding decals to the trailer.

“The donated and refurbished trailer is another example of the positive collaboration between the Randolph Police Department, the Randolph Public Schools, DPW and local businesses,” said Town Manager Brian Howard. “We’re so pleased with how it turned out and can’t wait to see it on the road.”

Click here for video of the band’s visit to the Police Department.

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Randolph Police Officer Kevin Gilbert Recognized for Selfless Efforts Beyond the Call of Duty

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Officer Kevin Gilbert Recognized for Selfless Efforts Beyond the Call of Duty

On Duty and Off Shift, Officer Gilbert Consistently Goes the Extra Mile for his Fellow Citizens

RANDOLPH — The main reason Kevin Gilbert became a police officer was to help others. Consistently, while on duty and on his own time, Officer Gilbert has been the living embodiment of service and selflessness.

For the reasons outlined below and many other untold examples, the Randolph Police Department recently awarded Officer Gilbert a commendation, and the department is sharing his story with the public so that they too will know and understand just how far police officers like Officer Gilbert go for their fellow man.

When he leaves work at the end of his shift, Officer Gilbert constantly scours social media and news headlines for people who are in need that he may be able to help.

His efforts have helped many people at home and in places as far away as Georgia and Tennessee. Officer Gilbert has sent care packages to sick children in hospitals. If a sick child has siblings, he buys them toys and other gifts, because he understands that the siblings suffer too. He buys the parents gift cards for gas to help them get back and forth to the hospital. All of this comes out of his own pocket.

Last month, Officer Gilbert found a post on Facebook about a local family in need and bought toys for the children and arranged to have them given to their parents to put under the tree for Christmas morning.

“Officer Gilbert is a shining example of the community policing we do here in Randolph,” Chief William Pace said. “He has only been with the department for three years and his impact in town has already been felt by many.”

Recently, his commanding officer, Sgt. Douglas Morgan wrote a letter of commendation to Chief Pace making him aware of some of the great things Officer Gilbert has been doing in his free time.

“I was present on a call with Officer Gilbert where a mother had shoplifted some food at [a local pharmacy]. She was a single mother, money was tight, and she was trying to provide for her daughter,” Sgt. Morgan wrote. “Officer Gilbert went back into the store and paid for enough food for a couple of days out of his own pocket until her social security check came.”

Officer Gilbert says he learned to help others from his parents growing up in Randolph and while he was training at the police academy in Boston.

“As a police officer making an arrest is one thing in the course of our duties, but by sending a letter and gift with a police patch to a sick child in the hospital, you can do the most with that,” Officer Gilbert said. “I’m certainly not the only officer in our department who does it, but it’s always nice to be able to help whenever we can.”

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