Watertown Police Department announces retirement, 2 promotions

WATERTOWN, NY — The Watertown Police Department announced the following retirement and promotions:

On July 25, 2020, Sergeant Suzanne M. Chartrand retired, completing a 20-year career with the Watertown Police Department. Sgt. Chartrand began her police career with the department as a patrol officer in July 2000. On July 20, 2009, she was promoted to Patrol Sergeant. She served several years as the department’s Training Sergeant/Police Academy Director, and instructed frequently in both the police academy and annual in-service training. In May 2005,
she received two awards. The first was a Unit Citation as a member of the A-Platoon, which effectively investigated and assisted in the investigations of numerous violent criminal acts and drug crimes during 2004. The second was the Lifesavings Medal for aiding in the evacuation of the October 31, 2004 structure fire at an occupied apartment house located at 234 Coffeen St. in our City.

On July 26, 2020, Detective Christopher J. Kamide was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to the “A” Platoon. Sgt. Kamide started his police career as a Deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in January 2011. On November 20, 2014, he was hired as Patrol Officer for our department. On January 20, 2019, he was promoted to detective in the Criminal Investigations Division (CID). He is a crisis negotiator and police training instructor in defensive tactics, physical training, and emergency vehicle operation course, as well as a former
field training officer. In November 2019, he received a Unit Citation for his involvement in the successful investigation into a series of armed robberies.

On July 26, 2020, Police Officer Scott J. Freeman was promoted to the rank of Detective and assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. Det. Freeman was hired as patrol officer on September 24, 2010. He is a police training instructor in defensive tactics and reality based training, as well as a former field training officer. In May 2014, he received a Unit Citation for aiding others on his platoon with taking custody of an armed suicidal person.

Charles P. Donoghue
Chief of Police