Norma Hardy to Become Brattleboro Police Chief on July 28 

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Norma Hardy will become Brattleboro’s next Police Chief on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. 

Hardy had a distinguished 26-year career with the Police Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. After 10 years of service as a Police Officer serving at a variety of Port Authority facilities, she was promoted to Construction Sergeant at the World Trade Center site in 2002, to Executive Officer at the World Trade Center site in 2006, to Police Captain and commanding officer at the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels in 2008, to Police Inspector and Northern Zone Commander in 2011, and to Chief of Port Authority Bridges, Tunnels, and New Jersey Airports in 2013.

She received numerous internal commendations and external awards during her career with the Port Authority, including the 2014 Officer of the Year Award from the International Association of Women Police and the 2016 Trailblazer Award from the National Organization of Black Women in Law Enforcement. Hardy attended the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York and also has completed advanced training in law enforcement leadership, personnel and finance administration, security assessment, and emergency response management. 

Hardy was appointed by Town Manager Peter Elwell from a strong field of 23 applicants. Elwell and a selection panel conducted screening interviews on Zoom with seven applicants. That panel and a panel of community members each conducted in-depth interviews on Zoom with four semi-finalists. Two finalists had in-person meetings with the Selectboard, Town department heads, Brattleboro Police Department employees, and the Town Manager. Elwell selected Hardy in mid-June and the Town completed a thorough background check before finalizing the terms of Hardy’s appointment and employment. 

Elwell said he is eager to begin working with Hardy, both in her role as Police Chief and as a member of the Town’s senior management team. “Chief Hardy brings to Brattleboro a wealth of law enforcement leadership experience and a demonstrated commitment to work with the community on recalibrating the roles and expectations of the police and our civilian community partners,” said Elwell. “She also brings lived experience outside of law enforcement that will help advance the Town’s work on diversity, equity, and inclusion.” 

“I can’t wait to get started,” said Hardy, noting that high priorities for her first months as Chief will include police officer recruitment and retention and becoming familiar with Vermont laws and procedures. “What I am most looking forward to is working with Brattleboro’s experienced police officers and engaged community members,” said Hardy, “because the key to achieving community safety is collaboration and mutual respect.” 


 TOWN OF BRATTLEBORO Town Manager’s Office 230 Main Street Brattleboro, VT 05301 (802) 251-8151 FAX (802) 257-2322 

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    Brattleboro seems to have pulled her out of retirement.

    Also, she likes poetry.

  • Town's press release was excellent

    The town manager’s press release announcing Brattleboro’s newly-appointed police chief, deserves recognition as excellent work.

    The Reformer’s bylined news story was adequate, meeting current press standards. By comparison, the Town’s press-release was so much better, done thoughtfully. Frankly I winced seeing that the Reformer had pigeonholed the chief’s identity by “race” and gender. I was gratified that the Town’s press release focused on her professional standing.

    • We need a tunnel, though

      I liked the press release as well.

      Reading it, though, I had the feeling we need to do something to make her feel more at home. Brattleboro is rather small compared to NYC. I’ll be proposing Brattleboro use ARPA funds to build a tunnel to NH, or perhaps a skyscraper downtown. : )

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