Frank G. Frederickson is the chief of the Yarmouth Police Department. He graduated from Cape Cod Community College in 1979, and earned a bachelor’s degree at Northeastern University, and a master’s degree at Anna Maria College.
Frank is, remarkably, in his 40th year in policing in Yarmouth. He has worked at all ranks in the police department, beginning as a summer officer. He is in his ninth year as Chief of the department. Frank is a three-time recipient of the Department’s “Officer of the Year” award.
These are some of the factual milestones of Frank’s successful career, in which he has earned many awards and commendations. A recent award is, perhaps, most noteworthy because it shines light on the character of Chief Frederickson. The Cape and Islands chapter of the American Red Cross surprised him with a special award last month at the annual heroes breakfast. The award was in recognition of his tremendous leadership and compassion in the aftermath of a tragedy that effected all of us on Cape Cod.
One year ago, Sean Gannon, a Yarmouth Police officer was killed tragically in the line of duty. Chief Frederickson supported the Gannon family, the Yarmouth Police family, and the greater Cape community through this tragedy. It was a role he never wanted but, as a recognized leader, with the training and experience to guide him, he carried – and continues to carry – the community through a truly difficult time.
He never forgets this College. Frank is a frequent and consistent speaker in our criminal justice classes. He is also a member of the College’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board.