Patrol Division

Patrol Division


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The Patrol Division is under the command of Captain Jennifer Gundersen. The backbone of any police organization is its Patrol Division. Members of the Patrol Division are uniformed members of the Police Department that provide traditional police services to the community.

The Patrol Division operates on a 24-hour/7-day-a-week schedule so that there are always officers within the Town of Amherst providing protection and services to the citizens. The department responds to over 24,000 calls for service each year with the vast majority of those calls handled by officers in Patrol. 
 
Patrol is the largest division within the Police Department with 38 sworn patrol officers, sergeants and lieutenants assigned. Patrol officers and patrol sergeants work 8-hour, fixed shifts, 24-hours per day, 365 days per year. 3 lieutenants work rotating shifts and serve as officers in charge. 
 
Officers are equipped with marked patrol cars complete with computers and other equipment needed to perform their duties. Those officers assigned to the Patrol Division spend the majority of their 8 hour shift working from their vehicle while out in the community so they are accessible and available to the public.
 

Command Staff of the Amherst Police Department Patrol Division:

 
 
 

Lieutenant William N. Menard, Patrol Operations


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Lieutenant Menard has been a member of the Amherst Police Department since 1994. He was assigned to the Detective Bureau in 2000 and upon his promotion to Sergeant in 2003 he returned to the Patrol Division. In 2008 Menard became the supervising Sergeant in the Detective Bureau. Upon his promotion to Lieutenant in 2010, Menard returned to the Patrol Division. 
 
Lieutenant Menard can be reached at 413-259-3167 or via email.

Lieutenant Jerry Millar, Patrol Operations


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Lieutenant Millar became a Amherst Police Special Police Officer in 1983 and a full time Amherst Police Officer in 1987. He was assigned to the Detective Bureau in 1995 and was responsible for narcotic investigations. In 1997 Millar was promoted to Sergeant, and in 2011 he was promoted to Lieutenant.  
 
Lieutenant Millar can be reached at 413-259-3000 or via email.

Lieutenant David R. Knightly, Jr, Patrol Operations


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Lieutenant Knightly was hired as a Community Service Officer in 1985 and as a Special Police Officer in 1987. He was appointed as a full time officer in 1989 and graduated from the 13th municipal police officers class at Agawam. He was assigned to the Detective Bureau in 1998 as a Detective until his promotion to Sergeant in 2000, when he was assigned to the patrol division.  In 2010 Knightly returned to the Detective Bureau as the Detective Bureau Supervisor, until his promotion to Lieutenant in December of 2014.  Lt. Knightly is assigned to the patrol division. 
 
Lieutenant Knightly can be reached at 413-259-3000 or via email.

Sergeant Brian T. Johnson, Patrol Supervisor


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Sergeant Johnson has been a member of the Amherst Police Department since 1997. He was assigned to the Detective Bureau in 2003 and upon his promotion to Sergeant in 2008 he returned to the Patrol Division. 
  
Sergeant Johnson can be reached at 413-259-3000 or via email.

Sergeant Gabriel Ting, Patrol Supervisor


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Sergeant Ting has been a member of the Amherst Police Department since 1997. He was assigned to the Detective Bureau in 2004 and upon his promotion to Sergeant in 2010 he returned to the Patrol Division.

Sergeant Ting can be reached at 413-259-3000 or via email.

Sergeant Jesus E. Arocho, Patrol Supervisor


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Sergeant Arocho has been a member of the Amherst Police Department since 1999. Upon his promotion to Sergeant in 2010, he was assigned to the Patrol Division.

Sergeant Arocho can be reached at 413-259-3000 or via email.

Sergeant Todd S. Lang, Patrol Supervisor


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Sergeant Lang has been a member of the Amherst Police Department since 1994. Upon his promotion to Sergeant in 2011, he was assigned to the Patrol Division.
  
Sergeant Lang can be reached at 413-259-3000 or via email.

Sergeant David W. Foster, Patrol Supervisor


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Sergeant Foster has been a member of the Amherst Police Department since 1994. He was assigned to the Detective Bureau in 1999 and was the liaison to the Amherst Regional School District. Upon his promotion to Sergeant in 2014, he returned to the Patrol Division. 

Sergeant Richard MacLean, Patrol Supervisor


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Sergeant MacLean has been a member of the Amherst Police Department since 2001. He was assigned to the Detective Bureau in 2008 and upon his promotion to Sergeant in 2015, he returned to the Patrol Division. 

Sergeant MacLean can be reached at 413-259-3000 or via email.