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Posted on Apr 8, 2017 in Opinion

Column: Thank you to the citizens of Quincy

By Bob Heimbach

I want to thank all the citizens of Quincy and the greater Quincy community for the support you provided me during my tenure as chief of police. Together we made great progress in building a mutually beneficial relationship, reducing crime and the fear of crime, increasing our trust for each other and generally building a sense of calm for our community. Neither the officers nor I could have done this without you. So thank you. We created an environment where people felt safe talking with the police, and this was reinforced daily as I interacted with all of you. During this last week, so many of you said hello, reached out to me and were genuinely concerned and caring.
I think that is the one thing I love most about Quincy – we are family. Peyton and I have only been here three years, but you all feel like family. It is in this spirit of family that we must continue to band together to keep our community safe and strong. We may be in a tough moment as a community, but we must stick together. The Quincy Police Department still needs our support and will continue to need our support. There are some very good officers working in our department, and they cannot do this alone; we must stand shoulder to shoulder with them.
We talk a lot about community policing and the importance of that relationship. The police cannot succeed without the community. Quincy has such a strong community, it is one of the few places where community policing not only works, but is successful. As a community, it is important that together we continue working as a team to ensure our city’s safety and livability.
Both the community and police must always remember that the police department works with and for its citizens. As I have grown in my career, I have kept a quote from Sir Robert Peel close to my heart:
The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
By keeping this ideal at the forefront of our community and police relationship, together we can tackle any challenge. As a city and community we must not lose the momentum we have gained in making Quincy a safer, more livable community.
Peyton and I want to thank our community for the wonderful reception we received when we first arrived. Thank you for all the support and a great three years as your chief. Thank you to all who have made it clear you want us to stay. For this, we are not only humbled but grateful.
Thank you.

Bob Heimbach is a former chief of police in Quincy, replaced recently.

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