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The NEMLEC Police Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce that it has honored Waltham Officer Charles “Chuck” DiChiara, who recently retired from NEMLEC SWAT and the Quick Response Team after 32 years of service.

DiChiara was honored at the Foundation’s Comedy Night on Friday, October 28 at the Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut. DiChiara is the Statewide Defensive Tactics Coordinator for the City Police Training Committee and a Master Instructor in areas such as Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Physical Fitness and patrol tactics.

“If you’re in this room and you’re law enforcement, Chuck DiChiara has reached out to you and touched you in some way,” said Stephen Chaput, deputy chief of law enforcement. retired Dracut Police, former NEMLEC SWAT commander who served with DiChiara for 30 years. “In Massachusetts, New England, and even across the country, no one is more recognized than Chuck.”

DiChiara thanked his family and former SWAT team members.

“Chuck has been a guiding force for so many years, and an inspirational teacher and leader to countless first responders,” said Sharon Crowley, Director of the Foundation. “His tenacious work ethic, professionalism, knowledge and loyalty will be sorely missed by all.”

The event raised over $10,700. These proceeds will help NEMLEC training programs, including NEMLEC SWAT/RRT/K9 Training, NEMLEC Motor Unit Annual Training, NEMLEC STARS Training, Basic and Advanced Criminal Investigation Training, school and business security and active shooter training. The programs are available to officers in the NEMLEC region, which includes 65 law enforcement agencies in Middlesex and Essex counties.

The money will also be used to support local charities, including Cops for Kids with Cancer, which supports families struggling with childhood cancer.

The Foundation thanks its Gold Sponsor, LensLock, Inc., which specializes in body-worn and in-car dash cams and cloud management systems for the law enforcement community.

The Foundation also wishes to recognize the following Silver Sponsors of Comedy Night: Washington Savings Bank, Geary & Geary, LLP, Bammco Concrete Construction, Lincoln Police Association and Michael and Cindy Kuenzler.

Waltham Police Officer Chuck DiChiara, third from left, poses with former NEMLEC colleagues and SWAT team members after being honored by the Foundation. (Photo courtesy of NEMLEC Police Foundation, Inc.)