Officers promoted in Easthampton

  • Sgt. Kyle Gribi, left, and Officer Haley Gaudette were sworn into their new positions on Thursday at the Easthampton Public Safety Complex.  STAFF PHOTO/LUIS FIELDMAN

  • Sgt. Kyle Gribi receives his sergeant’s badge from his wife Desiree following the swearing-in ceremony at the Public Safety Complex on Thursday.  STAFF PHOTO/LUIS FIELDMAN

  • From left, Sgt. Kyle Gribi, Police Chief Robert Alberti, and Officer Haley Gaudette are shown following the swearing-in ceremony at the Easthampton Public Safety Complex on Thursday.  STAFF PHOTO/LUIS FIELDMAN

  • From left, Sgt. Kyle Gribi, Mayor Nicole LaChapelle and Officer Haley Gaudette following the swearing-in ceremony at the Public Safety Complex on Thursday.  STAFF PHOTO/LUIS FIELDMAN

Staff Writer
Published: 1/11/2019 12:13:20 AM

EASTHAMPTON — Sgt. Kyle Gribi and Officer Haley Gaudette were sworn into their new positions at the Easthampton Police Department on Thursday afternoon.

“I have all the confidence that they will both flourish in their new positions,” said Chief Robert Alberti to a room full of fellow police officers and the two promoted members’ families. “They will have the opportunity to make a difference and they will be in a great position to carry our department forward.”

Gribi and Gaudette each took turns raising their right hands and being sworn in by Mayor Nicole LaChapelle. Gribi’s wife, Desiree, and their two sons, Gunnar and Grayson, were present for the ceremony, as were Gaudette’s mother, Michelle Usher, and stepfather, Holyoke Police Lt. David Usher.

“I want to make sure for my fellow officers that I do the job well enough to continue the legacy of the department,” said Gribi, who has been with the department since 2012. “There are some expectations I have for myself.”

Gribi’s served as a police officer in Agawam before joining Easthampton police. Prior to becoming a police officer, Gribi served in the U.S. Navy and served two tours in Iraq as part of Opertation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism in battle and the Purple Heart for his service.

“It was very obvious to the staff here that Kyle was destined to go places,” Alberti said. “He worked for many years on patrol, turning in outstanding work, making a positive impact on the community and he continues to do so.”

Gribi, 34, holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice, is a certified drug recognition expert, a firearms instructor, an emergency medical technician, an evidence identification officer, a certified drone pilot, and a member of the department’s motorcycle units.

As for Gaudette, her mother said, “Policing has been in her blood.”

Gaudette’s grandfather George Gaudette was one of the founders of Holyoke Community College’s criminal justice program and he served in law enforcement for several years, including in the FBI.

“I’m very proud,” Michelle Ushersaid. “She’s wanted it for years.”

Gaudette, 21, joined the Easthampton police in summer 2018 as a special police officer, and Alberti said she impressed her supervisors after completing the field training program. She holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice from HCC and completed the police cadet program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2018.

“It’s an amazing opportunity,” Gaudette said. “I got turned onto police work early on … I grew up around here … It’s nice to take care of the community that took care of me.”

In closing remarks, Alberti said, “Kyle and Haley, you are starting a new phase in your careers … so be fair, be impartial, but moreover, always continue to enjoy what you are doing.”

Lt. Usher also had a bit of advice for Gaudette: “Be safe.”

Luis Fieldman can be reached at lfieldman@gazettenet.com




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