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The allegations presented at the arraignment of Officer Carlos Vieira are extremely disturbing. All acts of sexual violence are troubling, but when the victim is a minor the level of concern is heightened. As a Department, our hearts go out to the victim and his family. We hope they can get the help they need to recover from this despicable act.
A Police Officer is, and should be, held to the highest standard of public trust. When that trust is violated, it reflects poorly on all who wear the badge. For the past year, the men and women of the Lawrence Police Department have worked tirelessly to enhance the public’s trust, and to foster positive relationships between the Department and the community we serve. The dedication and service of the members of this Department has led to a 41% reduction in crime in 2018. As an example just this past weekend, members of the Department were able to recover two firearms including an assault rifle and remove a dangerous individual off the street.
It is my hope that the unspeakable actions of one officer will not diminish the hard work and faithful service that the men and women of this Department carryout each and every day.