Halifax: New Police Chief Sworn In

Town Clerk Barbara Gaynor swears in Police Chief John Chaves. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Town Clerk Barbara Gaynor swears in Police Chief John Chaves. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

The Town of Halifax welcomed in the new Police Chief with a swearing-in ceremony.

John Chaves, 53, was named the new Chief after former Chief Edward Broderick retired this month.

Chaves served 31 years in the New Bedford Police Department, 11 as a Lieutenant.

“I emigrated from France and from Portugal. I never thought that, coming to America that I would get to this level in law enforcement,” said Chaves. “I’m a pure example of if you dream it, you can do it.”

It was a packed ceremony at the Town Hall, with police officers from New Bedford, Halifax, and family members in attendance.

“He’s a really good guy. High integrity, a very honorable man,” said Russell Marques, a New Bedford Patrolman. “He does the best for his community and for his fellow officers…they’re getting one of our best.”

While at New Bedford, Chaves served as Commander of the Special Reaction Team and Tactical Patrol Force. He’s also a certified crisis negotiator.

“This board was very, very impressed as you can imagine, with all of these wonderful credentials that he came to us with,” said Kim Roy, Chair of the Selectmen. “It was when we met him that we knew he was a fit for our small community.”

Chaves has been on the job for a couple of weeks, he’s hoping to make a difference in the community.

“In the short time that I have been your Chief, your level of professionalism, dedication, integrity, and caring has shone through each and every day. I will not let you down,” said Chaves. “I will ensure that together, we will provide the best police services we can to the residents of Halifax.”

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