The man who has led Manchester’s police department for the past thirty-five years officially retires next week. Police Chief Bruce Trapp announced earlier this spring he was taking advantage of the City’s voluntary early retirement program after serving the City since 1974. Manchester Mayor Milt Kramer says Chief Trapp has a long history with this City and he will be missed.
Chief Trapp says he started his career in Manchester.
Over the years, Chief Trapp has seen plenty of changes. There’s obviously been great strides in technology and dispatch since the 1970s, but Trapp says some of the biggest changes have been the crimes themselves, with increases in drug busts and other criminal activities and behaviors in recent years. Manchester Police made their biggest meth bust to date this past January when they seized nearly a pound of crystal meth valued at an estimated forty-thousand dollars.
The downside of a career in law enforcement is dealing with the traumatic calls and cases that are hard to forget. Chief Trapp says a few of those tragic incidents will stick with him…
But the good outweighs the bad…
Chief Trapp says his biggest regret is that he didn’t socialize with people in the community as much as he would have liked, but he tried keeping his distance so he could properly do his job. He believes he’s gotten a chance to meet almost everyone in the community over the years, and he’s thankful for his experience.
Chief Trapp plans to stay in Manchester once he retires, but his exact plans are still undecided. His last day is April 30th. If you’d like to wish him a happy retirement and tell him thank you for his years of service, you can certainly do so… Chief Trapp’s retirement open house will be held today from 2 to 4 at the Manchester City Council Chambers and everyone is welcome to stop by.
(Photo courtesy of Manchester Police Department Facebook page)