The Salisbury Police Department is proud to announce the promotion of two of its
officers. Effective Tuesday, September 2, 2014, Detective Sergeant Anthony King will be
promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Detective Steven Sforza will be promoted to the rank of
As Lieutenant, a newly formed position in the department, King will serve as the
Executive Officer of the department and oversee the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigative
Division and also have some administrative duties.
Lieutenant King joined the department as a Special Police Officer in 1990 and became a
Reserve Police Officer in 1994. He became a full-time Patrolman in 1997, graduating first in his
class at the Lowell Police Academy. He was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant in January
of 2007 and Detective Sergeant in charge of the Criminal Investigation Division in 2010.
Lieutenant King is a graduate of Springfield College with a Bachelor of Science Degree
in Human Services and a Master of Science Degree in Social Criminal Justice/Organizational
Management and Leadership. He has served as the Department’s lead instructor in C.P.R. and First Aid, Firearms, Defensive Tactics, and has been a certified Field Training Officer since 1998. He served for 9
years as both a member and assistant team leader with the Northeast Merrimac Valley Special Operations Unit and Dive Search and Rescue Team. He holds many certifications and has attended numerous trainings involving investigations dealing with death and homicide, sexual assault, narcotics, crime scene management, property crime, interview and interrogation, and search warrant preparation. In addition to his training, Lieutenant King has served as a sworn Task Force Officer attached to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and Essex County Sherriff’s Department during several regional investigations and mobilizations.
Lieutenant King is married with three children and has strong community ties, where for
several years he has volunteered as a coach for youth football and baseball. He currently serves
as an Assistant Football Coach and Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Sanborn Regional
High School Varsity Football Program.
Sergeant Sforza will be assigned to the Patrol Division as a first line supervisor and for
now continue to coordinate the firearms licensing function of the department.
Sforza is a U.S. Air Force and New Hampshire Air National Guard veteran who served
during Desert Shield and Desert Storm as a military police officer. Upon his honorable
discharge from active duty at the rank of Sergeant, he began his civilian career in law
enforcement with the Town of Salisbury in 1994, as a reserve officer. In 1999, Steve was
appointed to full-time officer in the patrol division. In 2001, he was awarded the K9 handler
Due to budget cuts in early 2002, Steve was laid off from Salisbury. Steve then worked
for the Nantucket and Haverhill Police Departments. In addition, he successfully completed the
full-time New Hampshire Police Academy in 2004; and served as an officer in the Newton, New
Hampshire and East Kingston, New Hampshire Police Departments.
Steve returned to Salisbury in 2006 where he briefly served in the patrol division, then
was promoted to detective in 2010. He has attended and been certified in various courses, such
as: criminal investigations, fingerprint analysis and collection, crime scene photography, sex
assault investigator, firearms licensing official, traffic crash reconstruction, firearms instructor &
armorer and has also worked closely with the FBI, DEA, the Federal Marshal’s Office, the
United States Secret Service, to name a few.
Steve has proudly earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at
Lowell in Criminal Justice Studies and currently has two semesters remaining before he earns his
Master’s degree in Criminal Justice & Security Studies in Homeland Defense from UMass
Steve has been married to his wife Jennifer since 2009 and they are raising their two
Salisbury Chief of Police Thomas Fowler said, “This marks important, tangible change
for the Salisbury Police Department since I took command in July of 2012”. “The department
held two assessment centers to evaluate eligible candidates for these positions”. King and Sforza
both scored highest in their respective rank’s assessment centers”.
Fowler went on to say,” The position of Lieutenant brings much needed middle
management to the department and creates a more effective chain of command within the
department.” “Additionally, having another patrol Sergeant will bring more consistent
supervision of line personnel, a key position in any police department.”
The Department plans on holding a formal swearing in ceremony later in the month.
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