May 6 2019

BPD’s Christopher DiDonato Promoted to Sergeant



A Burlington police officer and Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom has been given a promotion for his hard work and extensive training.


Chief Michael Kent said on Monday night that he was pleased to recommend the promotion of Christopher P. DiDonato, a member of the Burlington Police Department’s patrol division, to the rank of sergeant.


Town Administrator Paul Sagarino made the appointment at the Board of Selectmen meeting and the board voted unanimously to waive the normal 15-day waiting period. Sagarino added that he thought all of the seventeen candidates for the position were of high caliber.


“We had an amazing group of candidates that we interviewed and I feel like any one of them would have made a great sergeant but there was one person who stood up above the others so with the chief’s recommendation I appoint Christopher DiDonato to sergeant.


During his recommendation Chief Kent said that Sgt. DiDonato has worked as a patrol officer with the department since 2012, a role in which he has excelled. He has overseen training for fellow officers in firearm use and tactics, demonstrated his capabilities as a leader and developed a strong understanding of deescalation techniques that help keep potentially dangerous situations under control.


He is a Burlington High School graduate and the son of Ruth DiDonato and the late Daniel DiDonato. He currently resides in Wilmington with his wife, Mandy, and their daughters, Hannah and Isabelle.


Sgt. DiDonato has also undergone extensive training in a broad range of categories, from special weapons and tactics (SWAT), active shooter response, fitness for law enforcement officers and best practices for testifying in court. He is also a member of the Northeast Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council's SWAT Team.


From 2008-2016, Sgt. DiDonato served as an infantry sergeant in the Massachusetts Army National Guard and was deployed in Afghanistan from 2010-2011 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. While in Afghanistan, Sgt. DiDonato commanded the lead vehicle in his convoy and was tasked with navigation during patrol operations. He also conducted operations with units of the Army Special Forces, Navy and Air Force, and served as a trainer and mentor for his subordinates.


“Sgt. DiDonato has made a great positive impact on our department since joining us seven years ago,” Chief Kent said. “I'm very much looking forward to him stepping into a leadership role and continuing to help our department grow as a 21st century law enforcement agency.”


Photo: From left, Chief Michael Kent, Sgt. Christopher DiDonato and Deputy Chief Thomas Browne.



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