Chief Scott P. Livingstone is pleased to announce that Sergeant Richard P. MacLean of the Amherst Police Department was promoted to the rank of lieutenant effective November 2, 2020. Lieutenant MacLean was promoted after an extensive selection process which included interviews with Chief Scott P. Livingstone, Town Manager Paul Bockelman, and Human Resources Manager Joanne Misiaszek. This promotion will fill the position that was vacated with the retirement of Lieutenant David Knightly.
Lieutenant MacLean was appointed as a patrol officer with the Amherst Police Department on September 4, 2001 and assigned to patrol duties. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 Mothers Against Drunk Driving awarded him with the Drive for Life Award which is presented to select police officers from across the state for their excellence and leadership in the enforcement of drunk driving laws. In addition, in 2007 he received a Letter of Appreciation from members of the Amherst Police Department for his commitment to the enforcement of operating under the influence laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In July of 2008, Lieutenant MacLean was reassigned to the detective bureau. As a detective he obtained extensive specialized training in criminal and narcotics investigations. During his tenure in the detective bureau Lieutenant MacLean became 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. He also served as a member of the department’s bicycle patrol, warrant entry team, and was a property and evidence officer, field training officer and ropes course instructor.
On February 11, 2015, Lieutenant MacLean was promoted to the rank of sergeant and assigned as a patrol supervisor. In 2017 he was awarded a Letter of Merit for his outstanding courage, teamwork and sound judgement in response to the double shooting of two men, one of them fatally on October 15, 2016.
In August 2019 he was reassigned as an investigative supervisor in the detective bureau. He served as the department’s accreditation co-manager and was a member of the sexual assault investigation team.
Lieutenant MacLean graduated in 2002 from the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Academy in Agawam, a member of the 36th Municipal Police Officer Class. He received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Western New England University, Springfield, MA.