Michael Cloutier Retires, Longest-Serving Officer in BPD History; Det. Richard Vitale Promoted

Sergeants Michael Cloutier (ret) and Richard Vitale flank Town Manager Richard Reed - Courtesy photo
Sergeants Michael Cloutier (ret) and Richard Vitale flank Town Manager Richard Reed – Courtesy photo

Submitted by the Bedford Police Department

The Bedford Police Department recently celebrated two important staff changes.

Sergeant Michael Cloutier retires

The longest-serving member in Bedford Police Department history, Sergeant Michael Cloutier, retired on July 31, 2013 after 42 years of distinguished service.

Sgt. Cloutier began his career in 1971 after serving in the United States Army. Sgt. Cloutier excelled as a patrol officer where he earned a reputation as a tenacious but caring police officer. He worked most of his career assigned to the patrol division where he was promoted to sergeant in 1989.  When he was promoted, he assumed the role of shift commander until his retirement.

Sgt. Cloutier is well known and respected not only in the Bedford community but in the law enforcement community. Throughout Sgt. Cloutier’s career, he had been recognized by the Bedford Police Department for superior performance in the line of duty.

Det. Richard Vitale promoted to Sergeant

The Bedford Police Department is also proud to announce that Detective Richard Vitale has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Sgt. Vitale has been with the department since 2000, most recently assigned to the Detective Division as the police prosecutor. He is also a long standing member of the Honor Guard and is one of the department’s firearms and defensive tactics instructors.

Sgt. Vitale will be assigned to the Patrol Division as the overnight Shift Commander.


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