Billerica Police Department Recognizes Officers Upon Retirement
|Billerica Police Department
Chief Roy Frost
6 Good St, Billerica, MA 01821
|Media Contact: Robert Mills
BILLERICA 一 Chief Roy Frost and the Billerica Police Department would like to recognize four members of the department on their retirement after lengthy and impactful careers.
Lt. Commander Troy Opland, Lt. Steve Elmore, Patrolman Robert Davidson, and Patrolman Joe Smith are retiring or have already retired in 2023.
“I want to thank all four of these individuals for their years of dedicated service to the Billerica Police Department and the Town of Billerica,” said Chief Frost. “The most valuable resource in any department is its employees, and these four men have had exemplary careers that have made the Town of Billerica safer than it would have been without them.”
Lt. Steve Elmore — 36 Years of Service
Lt. Elmore joined the Billerica Police Department in March 1987, after working for four years at the Billerica House of Correction. He retired on Feb. 2.
Elmore is a Billerica native and graduate of Billerica Memorial High School, where he was heavily involved in athletics and got to know now retired Billerica Police Capt. Billy McNulty, who encouraged him to give policework a try.
Elmore was promoted to sergeant in 2000 and to lieutenant in 2022. Elmore served in the detective bureau on three occasions, and formerly oversaw operations in both the Detective Bureau and the Traffic Unit.
Lt. Elmore said his years of police work taught him to have empathy, and to keep his focus on helping people.
“It’s about caring and it’s about doing what’s right and it’s about your community,” Lt. Elmore said of police work. “The whole job is the people who you help, work with and meet.”
Elmore is also well known for running the Sean C. Elmore Memorial Fund, which has distributed nearly $700,000 in scholarships to students graduating from Billerica Memorial High School over the past 33 years. The fund is named in honor of Elmore’s late brother Sean Elmore, who was 30 years old when he died of complications brought on by Marfan syndrome.
Elmore said he plans to continue running the fund with support from his family and children in retirement.
Lt. Commander Troy Opland — 35 Years of Service
Lt. Commander Opland joined Billerica Police in June of 1988. He was promoted to sergeant in 1999, to lieutenant in 2002 and to lieutenant commander in 2015. He retired on Jan. 13.
Opland previously oversaw the department’s Animal Control Unit, dispatchers, and paramedics, and served as interim chief from July to December 2021 following the retirement of Chief Daniel Rosa.
Lt. Commander Opland organized the department’s celebration of National Night Out for years.
Opland thanked the officers, past and present, whom he worked with over the years for helping to shape him and his career, and he also thanked the people of Billerica for making his career so rewarding.
“I will always appreciate the experiences, interactions, and conversations with those within our community. From the bottom of my heart, I would do it all over again,” said Opland. “I feel the community as a whole gave me as much as I ever gave them.”
Patrolman Joe Smith — 29 Years of Service
Patrolman Smith joined Billerica Police in 1994, after serving in the Army as a military policeman from 1989 to 1994. He retired on Jan. 28.
Patrolman Smith served on the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Motorcycle Unit, as the department’s fleet maintenance coordinator, and also as a crash reconstruction officer. He formerly served on the Merrimack Valley Dive Team as well.
Smith said he became a police officer because he wanted to help people, and he found himself able to do so throughout his career.
“I’m happy to say I was able to help a lot of people over the years and it was very gratifying,” Smith said.
Patrolman Robert Davidson — 27 Years of Service
Patrolman Davidson joined Billerica Police in January of 1996, after working for about two years as a special police officer in Boston. He will retire on April 13.
Davidson is a Billerica native who graduated from Shawsheen Valley Technical High School before enlisting in the Army from 1986 to 1994.
Davidson spent the majority of his career working the overnight shift from midnight to 8 a.m.
Davidson said he most enjoyed helping people as a police officer, though he also enjoyed the variety that comes with police work and never knowing for sure what he would be doing each night.
“When you work the midnight shift sometimes its slow and sometimes its busy, but you never know what you’re going to be doing each night,” said Davidson. “If they had stuck me behind a desk I probably would have gone crazy.”