LINCOLN – After over two decades of patrolling the streets of the town's seven villages, managing the training of officers and acting as the Lincoln Police Department's public information officer, Capt. Raymond Bousquet III has chosen to retire.
Friday was his final day in an LPD uniform. He now will direct his energies toward a new career in the banking industry in Boston.
In vintage Bousquet fashion, he stated, “This is not a sudden decision. I'm moving on, and it's time. The timing is right for me and my family. That's it.”
Usually a man of few words, he expounded upon how he felt leaving policing after over a quarter-century in the field.
“I've had a lot of happy memories here, from the people I had the privilege of working with to the people I had the opportunities to interact with,” Bousquet said recently as he relaxed in his office. “I have no regrets at all. It's been an excellent experience all around.
“I'm grateful for the great number of opportunities I've been offered by the town of Lincoln over the years,” he added. “I want to stress that. I'm grateful for the opportunities for promotion, for the responsibilities I've been entrusted with.
“That begins with (former) Chief (William) Strain, who provided me the chance to move here in 1991, and it ends with Chief (Brian) Sullivan and Town Administrator (T. Joseph) Almond, both of whom gave me the most recent opportunity to be a captain of this department … I'm also looking forward to the challenges of my new position.”
Bousquet, who years ago graduated from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor's of Administration of Justice and later earned a Master's in Criminal Justice from Boston University, began his career with the Central Falls Police Department in 1986.
Five years later, he chose to leave his hometown for Lincoln's police force, and laughed when he recalled his first day with the LPD came on Halloween 1991.
“I virtually wore a blue uniform one day and a (Lincoln) gray uniform the next,” he smiled. “It was difficult to leave, as I had shared a lot of experiences with people I had known all my life. It was a decision based in part on the financial outlook in the city at the time.”
With Lincoln, he served as a patrolman for nine years, then was promoted to sergeant in 2000, lieutenant in 2002 and captain in 2009.
He indicated his decision also was based on the LPD's mandatory retirement after 25 years of service.
“Personally, I feel this is a tactical decision; I want to take advantage of a great opportunity,” he offered.
As a captain, he not only was authorized to inform the media of crimes and other incidents in town, but also to handle the station's technological aspects and be involved in policy development.
Administrator Almond, who worked with Bousquet for the Lincoln police for nine years, said he's happy for his ex-colleague.
“It appears he will be embarking on a new but related career, and I think he deserves it,” Almond insisted. “He's worked his way up through the department and furthered his education, worked his way through school.
“I mean, nobody gets promoted without passing all the tests,” he continued. “Ray has done a very good job for us. While we're sad to see him leave, we also congratulate him and wish him success in his new endeavor.
“I worked with him when he was a patrolman; I was a lieutenant when he was there. He's just always been a very good police officer, and – you know – a very trustworthy and conscientious individual.”
Sullivan revealed he knew Bousquet had been planning to retire, as the two had discussed it after the captain reached his 20th anniversary date on Oct. 31, 2011.
“Ray kept me informed when he had interviews; at the end of last week, he notified me that he got the job, and would take a banking position with a company in Boston,” Sullivan stated. “I've known him over 20 years; he was already on the job in Central Falls when I got here in 1988.
“I've worked side by side with him, though I can only really speak of the last five years, when I worked very closely with him after he was promoted to captain,” he added. “He's loyal. He's someone you can discuss ideas with, and he'll give you feedback whether it's good or bad. He always has kept the best interest of the citizens of Lincoln in the forefront, and in everything he was involved in.
“I'm happy and sad at the same time; I'm happy because these are difficult (economic) times, and it's difficult to go find another career. The competition is tough out there. I'm happy he was able to land another position.
“On the other hand, over the last five years, we've worked closely together, and I've always valued his loyalty, input and ability as he acted as captain. He will be missed, no question.”