William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368
For Immediate Release
Monday, July 1, 2019
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Randolph Police Commander David Avery Retiring After 32 Years
RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace announces the upcoming retirement of Commander David Avery after 32 years with the Randolph Police Department.
Commander Avery, a Randolph native, started his career in law enforcement as a patrolman for the Randolph Police in 1987. He is set to retire on Friday, July 5.
He was a patrolman for 10 years before being promoted to Duty Detective in 1997. In 2005, he was promoted to Detective Sergeant and in 2015 he was named a Detective Lieutenant. In 2016, he was promoted to be the Commander of Investigations for the department.
“Commander Avery is a consummate professional who always put the citizens of Randolph and the victims of crimes first and foremost,” Chief Pace said. “David is a personal friend, a valued colleague and one of the most dedicated people to the profession of policing that I have ever worked with. His passion for his job and the town of Randolph should be commended and he was truly an asset to our department throughout his career.”
Throughout his career, Commander Avery prided himself on looking out for those who were most vulnerable and in need of help. As the department’s Court Prosecutor, he worked to advocate for victims. As the Domestic Violence Officer for RPD, he was heavily invested in victims’ rights advocacy, especially those of women and children.
“I am truly going to miss all of the people that I have had the pleasure to work with throughout my career, including my fellow officers and the people who call Randolph home,” Commander Avery said. “My goal was to try to make a positive impact in someone’s life each and every day and I believe I was able to uphold that principal in my 32 years as a police officer. In retirement I will always be thinking about my brothers and sisters in blue and I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way, particularly Chief Pace for providing me with such great opportunities throughout my career.”
In addition to his advocacy roles in the department, Commander Avery was also involved in the department’s Pink Patch Program and Autism Awareness Patch Program.
Last week, the Randolph Police Department held a retirement party for Commander Avery at LaScala Restaurant that was attended by dozens of family members, friends and fellow officers.
Commander Avery has been a member of the Randolph Police honor guard for 20 years and has delayed retirement by one week in order to march in the town’s Night Before the 4th Parade one last time.
In retirement, Commander Avery is looking forward to spending more time with his family, including his 1-month-old granddaughter.
He will also be looking for new opportunities for work in the field of advocacy and helping others in need.