Police Dept. Employee of the Quarter: Officer Greg Gushlaw

Police Dept. Employee of the Quarter: Officer Greg Gushlaw

SHIRLEY — The new Employee of the Quarter program Police Chief Thomas Goulden launched last month recognizes “exceptional police work … above and beyond the call of duty” that shows “initiative and drive,” according to a recent letter Goulden sent to the Board of Selectmen.

Chief Goulden announced the program at a department meeting in January, he said.

“Doing so provides an incentive for officers to work harder” for the town, Goulden explained in the letter.

The first officer Goulden named under the new program was Officer Gregory Gushlaw.

“Officer Gushlaw set personal goals to enforce motor-vehicle laws to make our community safer,” Goulden said in the letter, which Chairman David Swain read aloud at the March 2 selectmen’s meeting.

Gushlaw led the department in the number of motor-vehicle stops from September through December 2014.

“Due to his compassion, work ethic and personal goals,” Gushlaw helped the Shirley Police Department meet its mission “to create a feeling of safety” for town residents, Goulden wrote.

Honorable Mention: Officer Jason Strniste was also recognized for “exceptional police work” during the last quarter.

— M.E. Jones