Michael R. Kent
Chief of Police
45 Center Street
Burlington, MA 01803
For Immediate Release
Monday, May 6, 2019
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Burlington Police Department Announces Promotion
BURLINGTON — Chief Michael Kent is pleased to announce that a veteran of the Burlington Police Department’s patrol division has been promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Sgt. Christopher P. DiDonato has worked as a patrol officer with the department since 2012, a role in which he has excelled. Sgt. DiDonato has overseen training for fellow officers in firearm use and tactics, demonstrated his capabilities as a leader and developed a strong understanding of deescalation techniques that help keep potentially dangerous situations under control.
The Burlington High School graduate and son of Ruth DiDonato and the late Daniel DiDonato was officially promoted to his new role at this evening’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting. He currently resides in Wilmington with his wife, Mandy, and their daughters, Hannah and Isabelle.
Sgt. DiDonato has also undergone extensive training in a broad range of categories, from special weapons and tactics (SWAT), active shooter response, fitness for law enforcement officers and best practices for testifying in court. He is also a member of the Northeast Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council’s SWAT Team.
From 2008-2016, Sgt. DiDonato served as an infantry sergeant in the Massachusetts Army National Guard and was deployed in Afghanistan from 2010-2011 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. While in Afghanistan, Sgt. DiDonato commanded the lead vehicle in his convoy and was tasked with navigation during patrol operations. He also conducted operations with units of the Army Special Forces, Navy and Air Force, and served as a trainer and mentor for his subordinates.
“Sgt. DiDonato has made a great positive impact on our department since joining us seven years ago,” Chief Kent said. “I’m very much looking forward to him stepping into a leadership role and continuing to help our department grow as a 21st century law enforcement agency.”