BEDFORD – Chief Robert Bongiorno is pleased to announce that a longtime member of the department, Lt. James Graham, will retire this week.
Lieutenant Graham served the town of Bedford for over 30 years, joining the ministry as a full-time patrol officer in 1990 after a three-year stint as a reserve officer at Tewksbury.
In 1998 Graham was promoted to the rank of sergeant and in 2005 obtained the rank of lieutenant. During his time with the Bedford Police Service, Lt. Graham took on many responsibilities, including being the department’s accreditation manager, helping him get accreditation from the Police Accreditation Board. Massachusetts in 2017. The accreditation reflects the department’s commitment to adhere to hundreds of industry standards.
Additionally, Lt. Graham has been instrumental in community policing efforts and ministry outreach initiatives including fundraising for autism patches, the twice-yearly Drug Take Back Days, and the Zone secure departmental Internet transactions.
Graham was also a crime prevention officer in Bedford.
“Jim has had a huge impact on our department and we are all grateful for his decades of service to the people of Bedford,” said Chief Bongiorno. “He has much to be proud of, and while he will be missed by all of us, we wish him the best in this next chapter of his life.”
Graham’s retirement begins tomorrow, June 4, and he plans to spend time with his family, including his wife, children and grandchildren, and travel to the United States.