Police brass thank community for support

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The top brass at the Rome Police Department have penned a letter of thanks to the community for the support the department has received during the pandemic and the anti-police brutality protests.

The letter was published on social media and in print this week, written by Chief Kevin C. Beach and Deputy Chief Kevin M. Simons.

“The Rome Police Department administration would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere appreciation to all those throughout our jurisdiction who have shown their support during these unsettled times,” the chiefs wrote.

The chiefs thanked the community for sending the department meals, baked goods, gifts, cards, letters and phone calls “too numerous to mention”. Many of these donations were featured on the department’s Facebook page over the past several months.

“It is no accident that Rome remains one of the safest communities in the country. Only the best men and women, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation are selected to serve with the Rome Police Department and represent ‘our’ community,” the chiefs wrote.

“They are given the best training, issued the best equipment and are continually introduced to the best law enforcement practices anywhere.”

Beach and Simons noted that the Rome Police Department has maintained full state accreditation for 17 years.

The department recently welcomed eight new recruits at the end of last month and will see the retirements of nearly half a dozen longtime officers by the end of the summer.

“Because you still care about your community, because you refuse to tolerate injustice, and because you continually work with your police department, we all call Rome ‘home’,” the chiefs wrote, thanking the community.

“You continue to show your love to us, and for that, we are eternally grateful. You have always been there for us and we remain here for you.”

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