William J. Smith, Chief of Police
300 South Franklin St.
Holbrook, MA 02343
For Immediate Release
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Holbrook Police Assign New Community Outreach Officer
HOLBROOK — Chief William Smith is pleased to announce that he has created a new Community Outreach Officer position for the Holbrook Police Department.
The new role will be held by Officer Michael Eshner. The position will help to strengthen the relationship between the department and the community as a whole.
“As a department we are always striving to better our relationship with the residents we serve,” Chief Smith said. “I chose Officer Eshner for this role because of his compassion and hard-working nature. I know he will serve as a great liaison between us and our community members and stakeholders.”
As part of his position, Officer Eshner will be in charge of creating a new community outreach program for the department. He is taking on the role part-time in addition to his regular duties as a police officer for the town.
Officer Eshner is currently working on several programs that will be rolled out at the beginning of next year, including the implementation of a new neighborhood watch.
The neighborhood watch will be partially based online and on mobile devices using NextDoor, a social network that connects people through the neighborhoods they live in.
Another initiative Officer Eshner will be taking on is working with the opioid abuse prevention and assistance group, Holbrook Cares. Beginning in January, Officer Eshner will be doing follow-up visits to the homes of people who have recently overdosed.
Accompanied by a clinician and recovery coach, the goal of the visits will be to encourage overdose victims to enter into a treatment program and offer them and their families helpful advice and information.
Officer Eshner is also planning on connecting with students and the elder communities in town to see how he can be of assistance.
“Right now I’m reaching out to other area police departments that have similar programs to see what I can take from them and apply to Holbrook,” Officer Eshner said. “The program will continue to grow out of what we already have planned. I would like to get it where we are involved in all facets of the community, so we can best serve our residents, business owners and townspeople on a more personal level.”