Art Reed, Chief of Police
401 Main St.
West Newbury, MA 01985
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
West Newbury Police Officer Receives Letter of Recognition
WEST NEWBURY — Chief Art Reed is pleased to announce that West Newbury Police Officer Danielle Burrill received a Letter of Recognition for her display of professionalism during an incident earlier this month.
While on patrol on May 4, Officer Burrill observed a known suspect with an active arrest warrant operating a vehicle that she knew had a revoked registration. She was also aware that the operator’s license had been suspended.
After a short pursuit, Officer Burrill stopped the vehicle in the driveway of the suspect’s residence. While trying to arrest the suspect, who was uncooperative and attempting to flee, there was a male family member making threats to shoot and kill Officer Burrill.
Officer Burrill was able to quickly arrest and detain the suspect, and was then able to calm the family member down to avoid further arrests or injuries.
As a result of her quick actions and recognizing that the family member may be suffering from a mental health condition, she was able to peacefully resolve the situation.
“I would like to commend Officer Burrill for her commitment to keeping our West Newbury residents safe at all times,” Chief Reed said. “She displayed an incredible level of professionalism while handling this incident and for that she absolutely deserves this recognition.”
Officer Burrill was honored during a small ceremony at the Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday, May 14.