Mayor Alex Morse announced Thursday that Police Chief James Neiswanger's contract was extended by three years.
Morse said he could not be happier to have Neiswanger lead Holyoke's police force.
"He has consistently displayed a level of professionalism that has reflected well on our whole community. Most importantly, his innovative and compassionate approach to policing has improved the quality of life for all of Holyoke's residents - keeping us all safer, while also reinforcing our city's strong sense of community," Morse said.
In recent years Morse and Neiswanger have taken innovative approaches to combat Holyoke's crime problems.
A notable approach was the introduction of the Mobile Community Policing Unit, which allows Holyoke police to expand its community policing to all of Holyoke's neighborhoods.
Recently, Holyoke police started providing more crisis intervention training.
Neiswanger said serving as Holyoke's police chief for the past three years has been an honor.
"I am grateful to the mayor for his help and collaboration in implementing our strategies, and to the City Council for their support," Neiswanger said. "Most importantly, I am grateful for the brave men and women I have the privilege to lead every day - the members of Holyoke's Police Department, who work hard every day keeping our citizens safe. I couldn't ask for a better group of professional and dedicated officers to work with."
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