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Braintree police chief retiring after 32 years on the force

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  May 24, 2012 02:39 PM

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Braintree Police Chief Paul Frazier has announced that he will retire from the department in August after over 30 years on the force.

According to a release, Frazier was appointed to the Braintree Police Department in 1980, and became chief of police in 1993. He was re-appointed chief by Mayor Joseph Sullivan in 2010.

In his time, he has implemented a number of improvements to the department in terms of training and helped better equip the force. Most recently, Frazier helped oversee a $1 million renovation of the police station.

“Paul Frazier has devoted himself to making Braintree a better and safer place. As Chief, his daily focus was to manage our Police Department in a highly professional manner” Sullivan said. “I recognize that being Chief is not the easiest task, yet Chief Frazier handled his responsibilities well and with strong results. Braintree has benefitted from [his] service.”

Effective Aug. 3, Braintree will say goodbye to their chief as he moves on to other things.

Although he will be moving on, his time at Braintree Police Department won’t be easily forgotten.

“The personnel that work for the Braintree Police Department are some of the finest people I know,” Frazier said. “Their hard work and dedication helped make it possible for me to perform my duties as Police chief for 19 years.”

Currently there is no plan to choose Frazier’s successor, but one will be developed in the coming weeks, Sullivan said.

“[Yet] for today, it is appropriate to pause and express our sincere appreciation for Paul Frazier’s outstanding work and his many years of service,” Sullivan said.

Frazier made headlines in 2010, when he publicly questioned his department's handling of the Amy Bishop case. Bishop shot and killed her brother, Seth, at their home in Braintree in 1986.

The shooting was ruled accidental by police, but Frazier, in a Feb. 14, 2010, press conference, said the investigation was mishandled and swept under the rug by the department, possibly because Bishop's mother was a town official and told police the shooting was an accident.

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