VEAZIE — The Veazie Police Department has been recognized for excellence. The department received the New England Association of Chiefs of Police first place award for community policing.
“I look at it more as a partnership where we find there is a problem in the community that was brought to our attention by a citizen or we just recognize it ourselves and then we look for a solution,” Chief Mark Leonard said.
Leonard said one example of the partnership is how they have worked with an agency that has food commodity boxes for seniors.
When the seniors could no longer come to the town office to pick them up because of the pandemic, Veazie police officers delivered the boxes to their porches.
Leonard said in the 20 years he has been chief, they have tried to add something new each year to benefit the community.