RANDOLPH — The Randolph Police Department is pleased to announce that Anthony Marag has officially begun his new role as Chief. He is the 11th chief of the department.

Chief Marag’s Installation Ceremony took place on Sunday, March 28 and the Oath of Office was provided by Justice Serge Georges, Jr. Chief Marag took over duties following Chief William Pace’s retirement on Friday, April 2.

To watch Chief Marag’s Installation Ceremony, click here.

“It is an honor for me to step into this role having served my entire career with the Randolph Police Department,” Chief Marag said. “The men and women of this department serve selflessly and with integrity and courage and I am grateful to them for their dedication to their community. I would also like to thank Chief Pace for his leadership over the past 10 years and his commitment to the department, and I wish him well in his retirement.”

Chief Marag has spent his 25-year career with the Randolph Police Department, starting as a patrol officer in 1996. In this position, he served as the D.A.R.E. Officer for fifth grade students. He attained the rank of detective in 2004 and was a member of the Youth Violence Unit.

Chief Marag served as the department’s first-ever school resource officer from 2004-2008. As the SRO, he developed and implemented youth outreach programs, including a 3-on-3 basketball program and a decision-making program for students.

He was promoted to the rank of detective sergeant in 2008, detective lieutenant in 2014 and lieutenant in 2015. Most recently, he held the position of Commander of Investigative Services where he served as the Bureau of Criminal Investigations commander, Internal Affairs commander and Emergency Management liaison. He also worked as the background investigations coordinator and has been involved in the interview process for new police recruits.

Chief Marag is one of the co-founders of the South Shore Street Crimes Task Force, which was founded in 2008. Within the department, he has also served as the South Shore Drug Task Force Liaison and a member of the Randolph Police Honor Guard and Randolph Police Community Focus Group.

He founded the Randolph Police Fitness Cup, a 90-day challenge for officers that takes place annually and is part of a larger ongoing health and wellness initiative at the department. Officers donate money to compete in the event each year and the funds are then used to support various fundraising efforts.

As the department’s new chief, Chief Marag plans to focus on a unified approach to policing, which incorporates intelligence-led policing and community outreach practices to focus resources and address issues that affect the community. He also plans to expand officer training, prioritize comprehensive officer safety and wellness strategies, implement new recruitment programs and institute new technology.

“Community partnerships, high-quality officer training and modern technology are all crucial resources for an effective and visionary police department, and these initiatives will allow us to provide the highest level of safety and service possible to the community,” Chief Marag said. “Additionally, peer support and wellness programs that will ensure the safety, health and wellness of every officer is an important priority.”

Chief Marag is a two-time recipient of the Robert P. Dana Distinguished Service Award and a recipient of the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award for leadership training.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Curry College and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College. He has also completed training in Intelligence-Led Policing at Roger Williams University and Diversity in Recruiting and Hiring in Law Enforcement.

Chief Marag takes command following the retirement of Chief William Pace, who retired after a 30-year career in law enforcement on April 2. Pace’s final call can be viewed here.

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Anthony Marag Begins in Role as New Randolph Police Chief