William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Randolph Police Officer Kevin Gilbert Recognized for Selfless Efforts Beyond the Call of Duty
On Duty and Off Shift, Officer Gilbert Consistently Goes the Extra Mile for his Fellow Citizens
RANDOLPH — The main reason Kevin Gilbert became a police officer was to help others. Consistently, while on duty and on his own time, Officer Gilbert has been the living embodiment of service and selflessness.
For the reasons outlined below and many other untold examples, the Randolph Police Department recently awarded Officer Gilbert a commendation, and the department is sharing his story with the public so that they too will know and understand just how far police officers like Officer Gilbert go for their fellow man.
When he leaves work at the end of his shift, Officer Gilbert constantly scours social media and news headlines for people who are in need that he may be able to help.
His efforts have helped many people at home and in places as far away as Georgia and Tennessee. Officer Gilbert has sent care packages to sick children in hospitals. If a sick child has siblings, he buys them toys and other gifts, because he understands that the siblings suffer too. He buys the parents gift cards for gas to help them get back and forth to the hospital. All of this comes out of his own pocket.
Last month, Officer Gilbert found a post on Facebook about a local family in need and bought toys for the children and arranged to have them given to their parents to put under the tree for Christmas morning.
“Officer Gilbert is a shining example of the community policing we do here in Randolph,” Chief William Pace said. “He has only been with the department for three years and his impact in town has already been felt by many.”
Recently, his commanding officer, Sgt. Douglas Morgan wrote a letter of commendation to Chief Pace making him aware of some of the great things Officer Gilbert has been doing in his free time.
“I was present on a call with Officer Gilbert where a mother had shoplifted some food at [a local pharmacy]. She was a single mother, money was tight, and she was trying to provide for her daughter,” Sgt. Morgan wrote. “Officer Gilbert went back into the store and paid for enough food for a couple of days out of his own pocket until her social security check came.”
Officer Gilbert says he learned to help others from his parents growing up in Randolph and while he was training at the police academy in Boston.
“As a police officer making an arrest is one thing in the course of our duties, but by sending a letter and gift with a police patch to a sick child in the hospital, you can do the most with that,” Officer Gilbert said. “I’m certainly not the only officer in our department who does it, but it’s always nice to be able to help whenever we can.”