GRAFTON, Mass. - Grafton Police Chief Normand Crepeau Jr. was awarded Main Street Connect's Star Citizen Award Thursday morning in recognition of his service to the community.
Crepeau was honored for his efforts to maintain communication with the community through his weekly Chief's Column, which appears on Thursdays on TheDailyGrafton.com.
"I know our readers appreciate that the chief takes the time to keep them informed," said Jack Schofield, publisher for Main Street Connect-Massachusetts, parent company of TheDailyGrafton.com.
Crepeau was hired as Grafton's chief in 2004 after a career spent largely at the police department in Woonsocket, R.I.
"I wanted really to expand my horizons," Crepeau said. "I went as far as I could go in Woonsocket -- I was ranked third in the department as detective commander."
What was over the horizon turned out to be Grafton, where he now lives with his family. As chief, Crepeau prides himself on his open door policy. In addition to the Chief's Column, he has instituted several public outreach programs, such as the Grafton Citizens Police Academy, which has been offered over the past few years, and National Night Out.
The latter program, held annually in August, has been a huge success for the Grafton Police, with more than 1,000 residents attending each year. While it was not observed last year due to the construction of the new Grafton High School, Crepeau said he is already in the process of organizing this year's National Night Out, which will fall on Aug. 7 this year.
"Grafton's a great town to live in and the officers are very hard-working," Crepeau said. "It's a small department, and we get the most out of our officers. And there aren't a lot of politics involved -- I've receved no intrusions since I've been here and that's the way it should be with police work."