HOPKINTON - The meeting chambers of the Hopkinton Town Hall were at capacity on Tuesday night, filled with people there to see new Chief of Police David Palmer get sworn into his new post.
Town manager William McGarry and Town Council President Sylvia Thompson each spoke about how happy and excited they were to welcome Palmer to town, before Palmer himself stepped up to the podium to give a heartfelt speech.
Palmer spoke about his journey in law enforcement, starting in East Greenwich in the early 1980â€™s, and leading him through a 25-year career in the Rhode Island State Police. He also spoke about former Hopkinton Police chief John Scuncio, who was present at the ceremony, and the admiration he has for the man he calls Jack, his predecessor and former boss at the State Police.
â€śI am following behind Jack Scuncioâ€™s footsteps,â€ť Palmer said. â€śI have a great deal of respect for him. He always raved about what a great town [Hopkinton] is.â€ť
Palmer told a story about the his familyâ€™s legacy in the State Police that shows his dedication to law enforcement and how important it is to him.
â€śMy grandfather was a 1929 graduate of the Rhode Island State Police, and the first trooper to ever wear badge number 60,â€ť he said.
When Palmer became a state trooper himself, he was given badge number 60 to commemorate his grandfather, and when his older son Gregory became a trooper, Palmer passed badge number 60 along to him.
â€śGregory them selflessly passed badge 60 along to his younger brother Connor when he graduated from the state police academy,â€ť he said. The younger Palmer brother just graduated from the academy in December, 2011.
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