More likely than not, you’ve heard the buzz about Chief David Oliver from the Brimfield Police Department. With more than 90 thousand followers on Facebook and the exciting release of his book, No Mopes Allowed, the Chief has certainly become a local celebrity. However, it’s not just his many fans or witty social network posts that make him so popular—it’s his heart for the community, serving others, and supporting Summit DD’s mission for inclusion.
As a leader in the community, Chief Oliver has been a great supporter and friend of Summit DD. He most recently attended the Ellet Center Open House where he chatted with guests and autographed copies of his book. While many fans were thrilled to have their books signed, the Chief was quick to declare, “I’m not here for a book signing. I’m here for the people.”
“Being there” for people is something that Chief Oliver says he has been passionate about his whole life. This is especially evident through the establishment of the Chief Oliver Foundation, which he co-founded with his wife, Lisa. According to the Foundation’s Facebook page, the goal of the organization is to provide financial support for and enrich the lives of children who have survived sexual assault. “We want to get these kids into dance classes, art classes, horseback riding or whatever they want to do so they can heal through a positive experience,” Oliver shared. Through community involvement, Chief Oliver is helping to address the needs of these children, while also spreading a positive message about inclusion within our communities. As he remarked, “Everyone deserves a chance—and nobody should have to do it alone.”
In addition to discussing the aim of his organization, Chief Oliver also shared his desire to continue supporting Summit DD by scheduling more visits at our centers. “I visited the Ellet center a few months back and brought a few police officers and canines with me to do a demo and let everyone pet the dogs. We got a great response and we really want to come back and do it again,” he expressed. “It’s about bringing people together.”
Strong communities are built on opportunity and inclusion for all of its citizens. Summit DD thanks and commends Chief Oliver for the positive work he is accomplishing through community involvement. Together, by leading the way for inclusion, we can continue to make a difference—and there are no mopes about it!
Want to see more from Chief Oliver’s visit to Summit DD? Check out the photo album on our Facebook page: Facebook.com/SummitDD.