Chief Scott P. Livingstone is pleased to announce that Detective Richard P. MacLean of the Amherst Police Department was promoted to the rank of Sergeant effective February 11, 2015. Sergeant MacLean was promoted after an extensive selection process which included a written examination and interviews with Chief Scott P. Livingstone and Town Manager John P. Musante. This promotion will fill the position that was vacated with the promotion of Lieutenant David Knightly.
Sergeant MacLean was appointed as a Patrol Officer with the Amherst Police Department on September 4, 2001. Sergeant MacLean displayed initiative and dedication to the detection and apprehension of impaired operators which was recognized by both the department and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He was assigned to patrol duties until his reassignment to the Detective Bureau in July of 2008.
As a Detective, Sergeant MacLean obtained extensive specialized training in criminal investigative techniques which included sexual assault and homicide investigation. He is a member of the department’s Bicycle Patrol, Warrant Entry Team, and was a Field Training Officer and Ropes Course Instructor. Sergeant MacLean is an academy instructor for the Massachusetts Police Training Committee in multiple disciplines, a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor for the International Association of Chiefs of Police and a Breath Test Operator Instructor for the Massachusetts State Police.
Sergeant MacLean graduated in 2002 from the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Academy in Agawam, as a member of the 36th Municipal Police Officer Class where he received the Physical Fitness Award. Sergeant MacLean received a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors from Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England College, Springfield, MA.