MA State Police Colonel Steps Down, Announces Retirement

by | Nov 6, 2019 | News, Crime, Headlines

FRAMINGHAM, MA—The superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police is retiring. Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin announced on Wednesday the news to members of the department. 

“Serving as the colonel/superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police has been the greatest honor of my professional life,” she wrote in her retirement letter.  “I want to thank Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito for the trust they placed in me to lead this agency and to implement critically important operational and fiscal reforms. The last two years have presented tremendous challenges for the Department. However, I believe that with great adversity comes great opportunity.  We have accomplished so much during this difficult time, and I am confident that you will continue to build upon this foundation.”

Gilpin, 49, was named Superintendent/Colonel in November 2017 and has overseen the implementation of a wide slate of reforms and initiatives within the Department.

Secretary of Public Safety and Security Thomas Turco said: “Over the course of a distinguished 25-year career, Kerry Gilpin has committed herself to the most fundamental work of law enforcement: protecting the public, serving the community, and advancing the interests of justice inside and outside the Department of State Police. As colonel, she has implemented meaningful, lasting changes at every level of the Department, and I am grateful for her service and wish her the very best in her retirement.”

Gilpin addressed the department’s steps toward enhancing responsiveness, transparency and accountability, and that the detective unit is clearing cases at a rate above the national average. Namely, she said, the department plays a leading role in removing fentanyl and heroin from the streets, and is proud of the body camera pilot program.  

“It remains deeply disheartening to me that a small number of our personnel chose to violate our principles and values,” Gilpin said, likely alluding to the several instances and allegations of fraud committed by several state troopers over the past few years. “We have taken action to address their transgressions, conducting thorough and painstaking internal investigations as well as criminal investigations.  I have been tremendously disappointed that some members of this remarkable organization have betrayed the public trust that so many of us worked so hard to earn. I have been fully committed to restoring that trust to ensure that the actions of a few do not overshadow the reputation and hard work of the vast majority who conduct themselves with the utmost integrity every day.”

She concluded by stating she leaves the job with the “satisfaction of knowing that I gave it my heart and soul, under the most trying of circumstances.” 

Gilpin’s retirement is effective Nov. 15.

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