Sutton chief named president of Central Mass. Chiefs of Police Association
By Amanda Collins
SUTTON – After being named president of the Central Mass. Chiefs of Police Association last week, Sutton Chief Dennis Towle said he hopes to spend the next year examining the “hot topics” in law enforcement at the helm of a group of about 70 regional police chiefs.
Towle was sworn into the position on Dec. 9 by Justice Gerald Lemire of the Uxbridge District Court.
“You sort of work your way up,” said chief Towle, who was the Association’s vice president this past year. “Just last week I asked myself, ‘you don’t have enough going on as it is?’ But it’s good. I’m excited about the relationships I’ve established in the group – there’s a lot of experience, knowledge and wisdom within the group. To be able to make a call and access that is an asset for any member.”
The Central Mass. Chiefs of Police Association provides heads of police departments throughout central Massachusetts with a means of meeting as a group to promote development of effective law enforcement, aid in education and professional development and foster public and private relations with police agencies, according to the group’s website.
Membership is open to all active and retired chiefs in police departments in central Massachusetts, as well as college police chiefs and county sheriffs. Currently, there are about 70 police chiefs who meet monthly at locations that rotate throughout Worcester County as part of the organization.
“There’s a number of hot topics we look at based on information and instances going on locally and even nationally,” said Towle. “The different trends in law enforcement, incidences across the country, studies, if it’s a hot topic, it’s on our radar.”
In his new role, Towle will organize and run meetings, and nominate chiefs to several committees. He’ll also have oversight basic recruit and specialized training at the Boylston Police Academy, which works closely with the Chiefs of Police Association on its training programs. The Central Mass area Chiefs of Police are additionally responsible for overseeing the evening Reserve Basic and Reserve In-Service trainings programs for part-time police officers, according to the Academy’s website.
Towle’s one-year term as president begins in January, and after he will be an ex-officio, retaining a vote and a leadership role.
Towle has served on the Sutton Police Department for more than two decades, and as chief for nearly eight.