Acting police chief takes helm in Ashfield

Recorder Staff
Published: 4/11/2017 10:39:04 PM

ASHFIELD — Acting Police Chief Beth Ann Bezioto has been unanimously chosen by the Selectboard to become the next full-time police chief.

Bezio is currently a part-time officer in the Erving Police Department, and her new full-time role in Ashfield takes affect on Monday, April 17.

Bezio has been the Ashfield’s acting chief since January and has 24 years’ experience in law enforcement. She started working part time in Erving in 1987 and has filled several roles, from second-in-command to TRIAD officer, sexual assault investigator, officer-in-charge, administrator and evidence manager.

She began working in Ashfield as a special officer in 2013 and went on to become a part-time officer there in 2015. She currently oversees eight part-time and three auxiliary officers and has worked to improve relations between the department and the public.

During the past three months as interim chief, Bezio says she has updated department policies and procedures, improved communication with the Selectboard and brought professionalism and expertise into the department. “I have committed myself to public safety and I believe that my experience, attention to detail and adaptability are positive attributes that I apply and continue to provide the town,” Bezio wrote in her application letter to the Police Chief Search Committee.


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