Getting to Know You: Joe

Woodstock resident Joe Swanson moves up the rank of Woodstock Police Department

Woodstock resident Joe Swanson moves up the ranks of the Woodstock Police Department 

As we mentioned in a previous post about a recent Village Trustees meeting, Woodstock Police Officer Joe Swanson has been promoted to “Corporal.” As part of an effort to provide more information about our public servants, Woodstock Police Chief Robbie Blish provided this press release:

On July 5, 2013 Officer Swanson was promoted to rank of Corporal with the Woodstock Police Department.  His professionalism, experience, education and training made him highly qualified for this position.

Corporal Swanson first came to Woodstock Police Department in June of 2000 as a Part-Time Officer while still in college. He became a full time police officer in May of 2007 and graduated the Vermont Police Academy in November 2007. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine and a Masters of Business Administration in Leadership from Franklin Pierce University. Over the past 13 years he has received specialized training in law enforcement fitness, commercial motor vehicle enforcement, and is a certified Use of Force and Tactics instructor.

He grew up in Woodstock and enjoys working to make his hometown a better place.   In addition to police work he is also an EMT for the Woodstock Ambulance. 

He served six years in the Army National Guard in the 3/172 Infantry (Mountain). During his time in the Army he deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

We hope that no matter what extensive formal professional training, Woodstock Police don’t forget the vital importance of friendly customer service and public relations — especially in a town that relies so heavily on tourism. But, in addition (as pointed out in a comment elsewhere on this blog) Woodstock needs to also address its customer service — with regards to personnel and with regards to policy — at all levels of Village and Town government. Without residents who choose to live here — for various reasons including natural beauty and a calm, friendly atmosphere — and those who choose to buy real estate and pay property taxes —  there is no quaint New England village that serves as a refuge from urban life.  If this isn’t a pleasant place to visit and to live, in all its public forms, then we become an empty shell and folks will go elsewhere.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Donna Pearsons on July 16, 2013 at 19:03

    Congratulations Corporal Swanson!


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