Portsmouth says goodbye to retiring, outstanding police leaders

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth Police Department said goodbye this week to two retiring senior members of the department, Deputy Chief Brian Peters and Administrative Lt. Steven Hoetzel. 

Both Deputy Chief Peters and Administrative Lt. Hoetzel retired after 20 years of service to the town. 

Chief Thomas F. Lee thanked both officers for their years of service to the community. Both officers went above and beyond in carrying out their duties and were outstanding leaders of the police department, according to a statement from the department. 

Major Peters has overseen the day-to-day operations of the department for the last five years. Previously, he served as the detective commander. 

Lt. Hoetzel served as the administrative lieutenant and oversaw grant writing, purchasing, and technology. For many years, he volunteered to run the police Explorers Program for Portsmouth youth and was in charge of the school resource officers. He also served as the school safety liaison.

“The chief wished both officers well in retirement while acknowledging that this will be a huge loss for the department,” according to the statement. 

Featured below are photos from the department. 



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