Chief Scott P. Livingstone is pleased to announce the promotion of Amherst Police Lieutenant Ronald A. Young to the rank of Captain, in charge of administration, effective July 11, 2016. He will be officially sworn in at the Amherst Select Board Meeting on July 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Captain Young joined the Amherst Police Department as a Community Service Officer in 1987. He was appointed as a Patrol Officer with the Amherst Police Department on August 1, 1988. He advanced to the rank of Sergeant on January 22, 1997 and was assigned as a patrol supervisor.
On November 8, 2000 Young was re-assigned to the Detective Bureau where he performed the duties of Detective Sergeant, served as a member of the Northwest District Attorney’s Task Force, developed the department’s warrant entry team and became the department’s instructor for legal update training. On May 1, 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Detective Lieutenant in command of the Detective Bureau. As Detective Lieutenant he supervised the detective bureau staff and managed the daily operation of the unit. In addition, Young teaches several courses at Massachusetts Police Training academies, area law enforcement agencies, and at the Massachusetts State Police Academy.
Captain Young graduated in December of 1988 from the 12th Massachusetts Police Officers Corps Basic Recruit Academy. He is a graduate of Springfield Technical Community College where he obtained his Associates of Science degree in Law Enforcement. Young was awarded both his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University, Westfield, MA.
He is currently enrolled in the Southern Police Institute, Command Officers Development Course and has completed during his career over 250 individual courses in topics that include community service, specialized skills, domestic and mental health issues, diversity, current political situations and general policing.
Captain Young resides in Granby with his wife Christine and daughter Nora.