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Freetown Police Chief Carlton Abbott retires after over 40 years of service to the department



Chief Scott M. Rose (Left), Retired Chief Carlton E. Abbott, Jr., Esq. (Right) - Freetown Police Department

FREETOWN, MA—The Freetown Police Department has announced the retirement of Freetown Police Chief Carlton Abbott, Jr., after a career spanning over 40 years, with nearly a quarter century of service as Chief.

Chief Abbott began his journey in law enforcement back in 1979 as an auxiliary officer and steadily progressed through the ranks until his appointment as police chief in 1998. Throughout his tenure, Chief Abbott guided the department through challenging times such as recessions, budget crises, hurricanes, blizzards, floods, and pandemics.

Under Chief Abbott’s leadership, the Freetown Police Department achieved numerous milestones and advancements. Noteworthy accomplishments during his tenure include the implementation of a formalized promotional process, which included written exams and interviews, as well as being one of the early adopters of TASERS as a less lethal option. The department also benefited from the introduction of a cruiser leasing program, acquisition of new equipment, and implementation of updated technology.

Under Abbott’s tenure as chief, the Freetown Police Department earned police certification, accreditation, and re-accreditation through the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission. Furthermore, Chief Abbott oversaw the construction of a new police station, providing a modern facility for enhanced community safety.

Chief Abbott actively engaged with the Bristol County Chief of Police Association and served as one of the founding members of the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, where he held a position on the executive board. Additionally, Chief Abbott served as the President of the Southeastern Massachusetts Police Training Association, contributing to the training of hundreds of police officers through its reserve police academy and in-service programs. His contributions extended statewide as he served on the executive board of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, influencing policy and shaping the future of law enforcement in the Commonwealth.

FPD stated that concerning education, Chief Abbott graduated at the top of his police academy class in 1983. He holds an Associate’s Degree from Bristol Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree from Stonehill College, a Master’s Degree from Anna Maria College, and a Juris Doctorate from the Southern New England School of Law.

The retirement of Chief Carlton E. Abbott, Jr. marks the end of an era for the Freetown Police Department. We extend our deepest gratitude to Chief Abbott for his unwavering dedication, leadership, and countless contributions over the years. His impact on our community and the law enforcement profession will be remembered and cherished.

The members of the Freetown Police Department wished Chief Abbott a fulfilling and joyous retirement as he embarks on this new chapter of his life.

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