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First responders representing Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island stopped by Brockton Police Headquarters Thursday (August 6, 2020) to donate a check for the Department's K-9 fund.

Members of The Southern New England Brotherhood Ride (SNEB) made their second stop here. The first visit was in 2018 to honor Koda, a Brockton Police K-9 who died in 2017. Koda's handler, Patrol Officer Darvin Anderson, was on hand to welcome the group back.

Anderson, Chief Manny Gomes, Sergeant Robert Diliddo, who heads the K-9 Unit, joined SNEB Ride President Andy Weigel as he presented the check.

The SNEB is a bicycle club made up of firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency medical personnel who raise money for our fallen brothers and sisters who died in the line of duty.

Please join us in thanking the riders and support group who dedicate and volunteer their time to honor our fallen heroes.

You can find them here: www.snebrotherhoodride.com/

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Lt. William Schlieman
Promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant

Length of Service 21 years
UMASS Lowell Police Dept. 4 ½ years
Brockton Police Dept. 17 years

William AKA Will Schlieman was born and raised in the capital of Massachusetts until his family moved to Milton when he was 13. Will caught the police bug early while spending time with his dad during some of those formative years in Boston.

"As a boy, I enjoyed sitting with my father and listening to the Boston PD on the scanner," shared Lt. Schlieman. "We used to talk about the calls the officers were sent on and what part of Boston they were in. That's where my interest in policing began."

Schlieman got an early lesson about Boston neighborhoods and how first responders navigated through city streets and tried to avoid traffic when reaching some destinations. The Boston native even got firsthand experience when he left home in Dorchester for the new family residence in Milton.

Schlieman became a police cadet for the Milton Police. It was his chance to see if all his years analyzing 911 calls on the Boston Police Scanner paid off. At that time, the cadets in the program were responsible for dispatching duties 24/7/365 days a year.

"They would do all of the duties that our (Brockton Police) ETD's and police dispatchers perform. In the event of a working fire, they would take over some of the dispatch responsibilities for the fire department until a firefighter was recalled," remembered Schlieman.

William also picked up a few legal classes in college, and for a while, he considered going to law school and practicing law as a career. The idea was a short-lived one after adding a new class to his college schedule.

"I took one criminal justice course and was hooked on the law's nuances and how it could be applied. My exposure to the officers while working as a cadet in Milton, sealed the deal. I saw that I could do the most good in this line of work."

Lt. Schlieman runs the Community Education Unit, Substance Use Disorder Outreach, Community Policing, and Crimewatch, among other duties.

Congratulations, Lt. Schlieman, and thank you for your continued contributions to the city and the Brockton Police Department.

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The Brockton Police are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a Person of Interest.

At 10:37 PM on Tuesday, June 29th, 2020, police responded to Oak Street and Pine Grove Drive for an accident involving a bicyclist.

The pedestrian was crossing Oak Street on a mountain bike when a dark (gray or blue) colored minivan struck the cyclist and kept traveling east on Oak Street. The van was reportedly moving without its headlights on.

An ambulance transported the bicyclist to Good Samaritan Medical Center with serious injuries.

Detectives viewed surveillance video from several area businesses and are trying to identify the person shown in the photo below. Detectives would like to speak with the individual regarding the incident.

If anyone has information on our Person of Interest or on the case itself, please call Brockton Police Detective James Cronshaw at (508) 941-0234.
The Brockton Police will guard and protect the identities of those who wish to help.

Thank you very much.

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Sergeant Matthew (Matt) Graham
Promoted from Patrol Officer to Sergeant
Length of Service: 15 years with BPD

Growing up in the City of Brockton allowed Matt Graham to watch and learn life lessons from the people he loved and respected the most. His immediate and extended family.

Matt was a proud 16-year-old when he watched his Uncle, the late Sergeant Robert (Bob) Morrissey, graduate from the police academy and join the Brockton Police Force.

Graham's Uncle Bob was considered by many as an outstanding officer who served in both the Brockton Police Patrol and Criminal Investigation Divisions.

The third photo below shows Matt with his Uncle after a Teamsters fundraiser for cancer. Doctors diagnosed Morrissey with cancer of the appendix in 2007. He died in 2015 after a long battle with the disease.

Before fulfilling his lifelong dream to follow his Uncle and become a police officer, Matt Graham had another goal to achieve, which was to serve his country by joining the military.

"My family started in law enforcement, and I knew that was the career for me," asserted Sgt. Graham. "I wanted to be a police officer, so I enlisted in the army. I proudly served my country and became a veteran."

Matt says the veteran status helped him fulfill his dream of becoming a member of the law enforcement community.
He's been protecting and serving the public in his hometown since 2005.

After the July 7th swearing-in ceremony, Matt can genuinely say he's followed in his Uncle's footsteps beginning as an Army Veteran, patrol officer, detective, and now as a Sergeant with the Brockton Police.

We know you honored your Uncle Bob when you joined him on the force 15 years ago.
You continue to make the family proud now.

Congratulations, Sergeant Matthew Graham.

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