CHICO, Calif. – The City of Chico is saying goodbye to a long serving employee who is retiring from law enforcement. Officer Abigail Madden has served with the Chico Police Department for more than two decades; 26 years!
Action News Now Morning Anchor Julia Yarbough attended Officer Madden’s recent retirement ceremony to learn more about what comes next for the accomplished officer.
Madden describes her work as “a great career; the best job I’ve ever had.’ She says she has been working within law enforcement for more than half her life, so reaching the point of retirement is a surreal moment.
Saying goodbye to a career, colleagues and friends came with a full dose of well-wishes and hugs. During a short presentation, Officer Madden acknowledged that while during her career she received numerous awards and commendations, but says the support from colleagues and peers has been the most rewarding.
“For them to just show up and say, hey great job; I’m just overwhelmed by the amount of love,” says Officer Madden.
Anchor Julia Yarbough also spoke with Police Chief Michael O’Brien this professional thoughts on Officer Madden’s tenure.
“When you do anything for 26 years, it is significant. In this profession, with all the highs and lows; the challenges and the stresses; it is extra significant.”
During her career, Officer Madden has served in numerous capacities within the department. She served as crime scene investigator, a field training officer, a detective and a ‘use of force’ instructor. But, Police Chief O’Brien says perhaps the favorite role for Officer Madden was time spent working with the mounted patrol; horses.
“She loved to ride that horse. She did that every weekend in the South Campus area.”
Like many workplaces, Officer Madden also took part in quirky nuances. For instance; a candy jar which sits on the desk of the Chief of Police. The candy jar has a story.
“This candy jar was given to me by then Detective Madden,” explained Chief O’Brien.
“He was expected to keep that thing filled at all time. The intention was that it would be filled so that whenever I needed a fix I could walk down the hall and get one,” said Officer Madden.
Action News Now asked Officer Madden what comes next. In classic fashion her response? “I’m going to Disneyland!”
Officer Madden was somewhat of a trailblazer for the Chico Police Department. Five years ago, she was the only female officer on the force. Today, seven women wear the uniform and badge and serve the City of Chico.