Norwich Police Chief Doug Robinson's retirement party was well attended (includes NBC 5 exclusive interview)

A great event held for a great guy

Chief Robinson is set to retire on April 12, 2019

We all came here today to Honor his years of service to Norwich.

Here is his story:

In 1982, Doug became a part time police officer for the Windham County Sherriff's office and two years later became a full time officer. 

In 1986, He transferred to the Springfield Vermont, Police department where he served as a full time Police officer for 10 years. While serving with the Springfield Police Department, he was assigned to the Vermont Drug Task Force as an undercover officer.

Doug accepted a position with the Hartford Police Department as a patrolman in 1996.  He became the first school resource officer for the town of Hartford and served for four years, along with an assignment on the ICAC , Internet Crimes against Children Task Force.

He accepted the position of Sergeant for the Norwich Police Department in 2002 , and two years later in 2004, Doug was selected to be the new Police Chief, replacing Chief Steven Soares, who became the Norwich Town Manager. Doug not only embraced community policing for Norwich, but went on to lead by example and has made a huge impact on the town and it's residents.
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The principles of community policing in Norwich are seen on a daily basis by me and many others and I have written about them on several of my "about Norwich" articles. 

He will be retiring on April 12 with 34 years of service as a Law enforcement officer, with 17 years of service in Norwich, and 14 years as Chief of police in Norwich.

This story is a photo essay if you will with many photos of today's event.

There is also an exclusive interview with NBC channel 5 news available for your viewing here.

Here are the photos of today's event:

I was going to the retirement party anyway, but the smoke led me to the barbecue first

Looks like Channel 5 news team smelled the smoke as well

Do you know who got the first burger?

 There was plenty  of food for all who came to the event

Looks like some nice conversations going on

And some familiar faces in a group photo

And the Chief says, What's going on here!

I think they might be family

A couple of familiar and friendly faces

That was a great lunch, What's for dessert?

Wishing the Chief the best, What's in the bag chief?

Pointing to the food perhaps? or just making a point

Just chilling out while enjoying a burger

Just hanging out waiting for presentation to start

And here comes the staff at the Town Hall

Some structured play at this table and just visiting with friends at the other tables

The Water Department is in full force here

Town manager keeping  a close watch and waiting to start the official presentation

Just having a nice time of it is all

Town Manager addresses the crowd and begins the presentation

Select Board Chairman John Pepper talks to the audience

Sgt Jennifer Frank and Herb Durfee III speak to the attendees

Herb Durfee 111 holds up a new service coin dedicated to Doug

Sgt Jennifer Frank getting ready to show the portrait gift to the audience

Sgt Jennifer Frank shows portrait of the chief that was presented to him

I think he likes the resemblance and approves

Unveiling the framed gift as the Fire chief looks on and leads the applause

A nice tribute to include his rank, ID's, and service patches

Doug thanks the crowd and speaks about his time in Norwich

Doug received a bench as a Steward of Norwich at the Norwich Women's Club Gala

Nameplate inscription of Doug as a Steward of Norwich

I bet he will be doing a lot more of this now.

Remember, that it is OK to ride away as long as you come back and say hello once in a while.  You will be missed Doug, AKA Brother, Chief, Boss and friend. 

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