April 15, 2020
Chief Scott P. Livingstone is pleased to announce that Detective Scott E. Gallagher of the Amherst Police Department was promoted to the rank of sergeant effective April 13, 2020. Sergeant Gallagher was promoted after an extensive selection process that included a written examination and interviews with Chief Scott P. Livingstone, Town Manager Paul Bockelman and Human Resources Director Evelyn Rivera-Riffenburg. This promotion will fill the position vacated with the retirement of Sergeant David W. Foster.
Sergeant Gallagher was appointed as a patrol officer with the Amherst Police Department on September 12, 2005. He was assigned to patrol duties until his reassignment to the detective bureau in 2019. As a Detective, Gallagher conducted criminal investigations of major incidents and crimes.
During his tenure at the police department Sergeant Gallagher has been a member of the department’s Crisis Intervention Team. In addition, he has served over 10 years as a field training officer and was the police department’s liaison to the Craig’s Doors Shelter.
Sergeant Gallagher graduated in 2006 from the Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts, a member of the 40th Municipal Police Officer Class. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2004 and a master’s degree in criminal justice in 2010 from Westfield State University, Westfield, MA.