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Cape's Williams is pick for Maine police association's chief's award

Cape Elizabeth Police Chief Neil Williams received the David W. Pickering Award as the chief of the year from the Maine Association of Police.

The award was presented Saturday evening, Jan. 31, by Paul Gaspar, a former Cape Elizabeth police officer who is the executive director of MAP.

Gaspar described Williams as professional, competent, and one who respects the officers who serve with him. He also told several stories of the chief's willingness to pitch in and help with any task. For example, Gaspar said, the chief will come in early to clear snow from the sidewalks at the police station. And, he said, he is just as happy to change a tire as to have someone else do it.

He also cited Williams' instrumental work in organizing public safety from the very beginning of the Beach to Beacon Road race

Among those present for the award ceremony was Stacy Pickering, daughter of the late Cape Elizabeth Chief David Pickering. Representing Cape Elizabeth at the awards banquet, held in Portland, was Capt. Brent Sinclair, Sgts. Paul Fenton and Kevin Kennedy, Detective Mark Dorval, Community Liaison Officer David Galvin and Officer Ben Davis. Town Manager Michael McGovern also attended, and said that he was pleased that the police officer's association gave Chief Williams this deserved recognition. "Not every chief is as respected by his officers to the degree that Chief Williams is," McGovern said.

Williams, a native of Cape Elizabeth, started his law-enforcement career at the Falmouth Police Department on March 18, 1974. He came to the Cape Elizabeth Police Department on Nov. 22, 1979. He was appointed chief in May 2000. [news article]