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Robert Meier Celebrated for Dedication to the Field of Law Enforcement

Mr. Meier was honored by Colonel Reed V. Hillman for nearly three decades of service to the Massachusetts State Police

    BRIDGEWATER, MA, May 04, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Robert Meier has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Since coming of age. Mr. Meier felt inspired to pursue a career in public service. While attending Salem State College, Mr. Meier worked for the town of Barnstable, Mass. on Cape Cod as a police officer during the summers of 1968, 1969 and 1970. Mr. Meier graduated from the Massachusetts State Police Academy in September of 1970 and would go on to serve a twenty-seven year career with the Massachusetts State Police.

Mr. Meier graduated from Salem State College in 1970 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Education. In 1983 Mr. Meier would earn a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass.

After graduation from Salem State College, Mr. Meier was hired by Silver Lake Regional High School system to teach in the business department at the high school for the 1970, 1971 school year.

In 1970 Mr. Meier passed the entrance exams, written and physical, and was accepted into the 55th Recruit Training Troop of the Massachusetts State Police. Mr. Meier entered the State Police Academy in June of 1970 and after twenty-two weeks graduated with the rank of Trooper in September of 1970.

Trooper Meier was assigned to Troop "C" in central Mass. with headquarters in Holden, Mass. Trooper Meier was then assigned to the sub station in Grafton, Mass. "C-2" as it was called. During his time at the Grafton Barracks, 1970-1978, Trooper Meier would be assigned along with most of the Troop to assist in the desegregation of public schools in South Boston. Trooper Meier would also be assigned to work on the "55" Team to enforce the 55 mile per hour speed limit because of the gasoline shortages in the 1970's. Trooper Meier was also assigned to a 125 man team that trained for a riot at the Mass. State Prison at Walpole, Mass., Cedar Junction as it is now called. In May of 1973 Trooper Meier was awoken by a phone call at 3:00 AM and advised to get his riot gear and head to a riot at Walpole. When Meier arrived, smoke was pouring from the main building and the inmates were screaming from inside the building.

In February of 1978, Trooper Meier was assigned to the Major Crime Unit at 1010 Commonwealth Avenue Boston. Trooper Meier would be part of a team of State Troopers who worked directly for the head of the Bureau of Investigative Services, Col. John R. O'Donovan. During his time with Major Crime, Meier assisted with drug and gaming raids all over Mass.

In September of 1978 Meier was transferred and assigned to Worcester C.P.A.C., crime prevention and control. This unit was assigned to do the investigations for the Worcester County District Attorney's Office. During his 11 years at CPAC Meier would investigate homicides, suspicious and unattended deaths, and white collar crimes such as embezzlements and insurance fraud. Meier would also assist the Worcester Office of the FBI in many of their investigations.

Trooper Meier is most proud of a homicide case that he and his partner, Trooper Steve Bennett, worked in 1983. The body of a young women was found in a dumpster at an apartment complex in Westboro, Mass. The Troopers quickly identified her from her high school class ring, the only item she wore. Identification of her body was made by her mother. Upon finding her place of employment, Meier and Bennett were able to connect her manager to her murder. He was sentenced for murder and aggravated rape and received two life terms to be served on and after. Troopers Meier and Bennett were commended in Special Order 77 by Lt. Col. James T. Canty for their work on the case. Lt. Col. Canty wrote "A very dangerous individual has been removed from society."

During his time with CPAC Trooper Meier would be involved in the investigation of the murders of two police officers. On December 10, 1980, Sergeant Walter Conley of the Milford Police department was shot and killed as he made a money transfer between two banks in Milford. The killer, a known bank robber and contract killer, and his partner were stopped on route 90 in Ithaca, NY. Mass. State Police had alerted New York Troopers to be on the lookout for a car they were known to be driving. Trooper Meier took Patrick O'Shea's statement at the Ithaca Barracks.

Meier also worked on the February 25, 1983 murder of Trooper George Hanna, shot during a traffic stop in Auburn, Mass. Meier was sent to Saint Vincent's Hospital in Worcester to take Trooper Hanna's statement. Meier was soon to learn that Trooper Hanna died on the operating table. Troopers from all over the state converged on Worcester and two Troopers from Troop C made a traffic stop and recovered Trooper Hanna's service pistol in their car. Three subjects were arrested and found guilty of murder a few months later. This case was very difficult for Meier because Trooper Hanna was a friend.

In 1989 Meier was promoted, based on an exam, to the rank of Corporal. Meier went back to Troop C as a patrol supervisor. In 1990, Meier was promoted to Sergeant and would work as a patrol supervisor and shift commander when a Lieutenant was not available on the shift. Meier was also assigned to SP Grafton as the second in charge and helped his Lieutenant run the Barracks.

During his time with CPAC, Meier would work with many local police officers and state police from New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Meier also worked with FBI agents, ATF agents, and US Postal Inspectors. Meier also made many trips all over the country serving Governor's Warrants to bring individuals charged with crimes back to Mass. to stand trial.

Upon his retirement from the state police in 1999, Meier was recognized, in a letter, for his service to the state, by Colonel Reed V. Hillman.

Meier went on to work twelve years for Amica Mutual Insurance as part of a team of investigators in their Special Investigation Unit.

In order to remain aware of changes in the field, Meier became a member of The Former Mass. State Troopers Association and The Retired Mass. State Troopers Association. Meier is also a member of The Mass. Society of Mayflower Descendants and is currently, as of April 2021, the Deputy Governor of that society. Meier is also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Mr. Meier intends to enjoy his retirement and continue to dedicate himself to the community.

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