It’s a bittersweet day for the Dartmouth Police Department as its social media guru has stepped down to enjoy a long-awaited retirement.

Allow me to introduce you to the man behind the epic Facebook posts that elicited laughter, anger and even happy tears thanks to the stories he shared.

Detective Kyle Costa is not only is a shining example of kindness and selflessness in the community, but he’s also a dear friend of mine.

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Costa has consistently gone above and beyond for the police department, extending his support to local charities and organizations such as the Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County and spearheading initiatives to provide toys for underprivileged children during the holiday season.

Costa is not one to seek the limelight. However, as his friend, I insisted on recognizing him.

Not only has he put the Dartmouth Police Department on the social media map with his brilliant and quirky posts, but his video productions and public service announcements on matters of public safety have been exemplary. Some might even call them award-worthy, though I want to be careful not to inflate his ego too much.

His team took the liberty of posting a heartwarming "thank you" for all he's done for the department:

What truly sets Costa apart from other first responders is the way he portrayed his department. Through his engaging posts and entertaining content, he succeeded in humanizing police officers, a feat not easily accomplished these days.

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He fostered trust, brought laughter and fearlessly confronted internet "trolls" and "keyboard warriors." It was a bold move, but it paid off handsomely. One by one, the community fell in love with the DPD’s Facebook page, and thanks to Costa’s keen eye and witty responses, the department's following grew by thousands, gaining over 35,000 fans.

That's nothing short of admirable.

I want to thank Costa for leading by example. He was a behind-the-scenes guy but those who knew him can attest to his dedication.

When asked what he cherished most about working for Dartmouth, Costa became emotional and replied, “Seeing all the good in this community and being able to help those in need. I had the best seat in the house, and I wouldn’t change that for the world.”

The Dartmouth Police Department and its 35,000 Facebook followers can easily echo the sentiment.

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