Chief Scott P. Livingstone announced the retirement of Patrol Officer Linda Newcomb, effective May 1, 2015, after 26 years of exceptional service to the police department and the Town of Amherst.
Officer Newcomb was appointed a Patrol Officer with the Amherst Police Department on August 1, 1988. Prior to becoming an officer in Amherst, Newcomb was a patrol officer at Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
Officer Newcomb received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, Boston, MA in June 1981 and graduated from the Boston Police Academy, Class 1485 on September 13, 1985 after successfully completing the training program.
During Patrol Officer Newcomb’s tenure, she served as a Field Training Officer and was a member of the department’s Property and Evidence Unit and Sexual Assault Investigation Team. She was also the police department’s liaison to the Amherst Homeless Shelter and Jessie’s House in Amherst, which offers emergency housing for families. Officer Newcomb was awarded a Letter of Commendation from the department in December 2007 for her courage, lifesaving aid and professionalism in response to the Emerson Court Gas Explosion on August 16, 2006.
“Linda Newcomb has been a valued member of the police department for the past 26 years” said Chief Scott P. Livingstone. “Working most of her career on the evening shift, Linda gave 100 percent to the Town of Amherst. She will be missed but we wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement.”