Point Pleasant police chief announces retirement

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Chief of Police Richard Larsen has announced his retirement from the Point Pleasant Police Department, which will be effective Dec. 1. [FILE PHOTO/THE OCEAN STAR]

POINT PLEASANT — Chief of Police Richard Larsen has announced his retirement from the Point Pleasant Police Department after more than three decades serving in law enforcement.

The borough council accepted his retirement letter during the Sept. 28 meeting and announced Chief Larsen’s retirement will be effective Dec. 1.

“We clearly will have more to say later as we get closer to his retirement date, but I want to thank the chief right now for everything he has done over the years for our community,” Mayor Robert Sabosik said.

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“Besides the personal training and continuing education he has done through the years as he advanced ranks, I’m sure he also missed a lot of family events and other momentous occasions because of the demanding schedules of being a police officer. For all those personal sacrifices and more, I thank him deeply and wish him the happiest and healthiest of retirements.” 

In an interview following the meeting, Chief Larsen confirmed his retirement.

“I feel immensely blessed and honored to have served our community as a police officer for over 34 years, with the last six as the police chief,” he said. “I still enjoy coming to work every day. We have a great community here and I am going to miss the work, the people, the community members, the business people, our leaders on council and the mayor, but I know I leave the town in good hands. 

“The department here is well equipped to continue doing what they do best and that is not going to stop. Our members here work long and hard to serve our community and that is going to continue as has been for the past 100 years.”

Chief Larsen was hired by the borough in August 1986 as a patrolman and rose through the ranks, becoming sergeant, lieutenant and captain, before being promoted to chief of police on Sept. 1, 2014.

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