On November 29, 2018, the members of the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association voted to create a “Chief of the Year” award, to be given to a member of the association who distinguishes themselves in the field of policing. The criteria states that “The selection will be made based on all around contributions to the profession, not simply for extraordinary performance in the individual’s department.
The award reads as follows:
The Executive Board of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association is pleased to announce that the first recipient of the “Chief of the Year” Award is Chief Brian A. Kyes of the Chelsea Police Department. Chief Kyes serves as the Chair of the Mass. Chief’s Legislative Committee, as well as being the President of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs Association, a member of the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission and a member of the Municipal Police Training Committee. Chief Kyes was instrumental in advancing our legislative efforts towards a dedicated funding source for the training of municipal police officers in Massachusetts, which culminated with Governor Charlie Baker signing into law House Bill 4516, “An Act relative to the municipal police training fund” on July 25, 2018.
This award carries with it a $500 donation from the chiefs’ association to the charity of the recipient’s choice. Chief Kyes has selected the Jimmy Fund as his designated charity. The Jimmy Fund has been the primary charity of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association since 1953.
Congratulations to Chief Kyes!