Brookfield Chief of Police Works Last Day, James (Jay) Purcell Retires After 38 Years of Service

After 38 years of dedicated service, Chief James (Jay) Purcell has worked his last day as Chief of Police for the Brookfield Police Department.
Chief Purcell started his law enforcement career in Brookfield on December 19, 1983, when he was sworn in as a Patrolman. Chief Purcell was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on July 19, 1989, Major in 2001, and Chief in 2017.
In 2006, Chief Purcell (then Major Purcell) graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Throughout his career, Chief Purcell earned himself numerous awards, citations, and letters of commendation. Chief Purcell was Awarded a Citation for Meritorious Service, a Unit Citation with the Accident Investigation Team, a Career Citation, and achievements for police education.
Effective 3 PM yesterday, Chief Purcell has officially begun his well-deserved retirement. Celebrated by the men and women of the Brookfield Police Department, along with Officials from the Brookfield Town Hall, and administrative leaders from surrounding police departments.
Chief Purcell is a well-known figure at the Brookfield Police Department and his presence will be missed.
“Jay has been a dedicated and inspirational boss to work for. His tutelage has prepared this department to succeed in his absence. We wish him the best in his retirement.” – Chief John Puglisi
“After 20 years of mentorship, and true friendship, it is with great appreciation and thanks that I wish you a very happy retirement.” – Captain Peter Frengs
We wish you the best Chief!
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