Anthony Marag Begins in Role as New Randolph Police Chief

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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Randolph Police Chief William Pace Announces April Retirement

RANDOLPH – Chief William Pace announces that he will be retiring in April after a 30-year career in law enforcement, including the last 10 years as chief. Chief Pace is Randolph’s 10th police chief since the department opened in 1924.

Chief Pace began his career as a patrol officer for the department in 1990. He was promoted to detective in 1996, followed by detective sergeant in 2003. He also served as the administrative aide to Chiefs Robert Churchill and Paul Porter in 2003 and again for Chief Porter from 2006 to 2008. Chief Pace was sworn in as the chief of police on June 28, 2010.

“The last 10 years in policing have been very challenging and I am proud to say that the department made every effort to meet those challenges head-on,” Chief Pace said. “One of the things I am most proud of is the declining crime rate in our community, which I credit to intelligence-based policing and an emphasis on community policing programs, officer wellness initiatives and opportunities for officers of this department to engage with the community in positive ways.”

As chief, Chief Pace has had several achievements and accomplishments that have helped modernize and improve operations in the department:

  • The Randolph Police Department achieved certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission in 2013 and reached full accreditation in 2015. The department was successfully re-accredited in 2018 and has completed the assessment process for its 2021 re-accreditation.
  • Chief Pace oversaw a $6.3 million renovation to the Randolph Police Station that will serve the needs of the department for years to come.
  • He developed a health and wellness program for police officers that focuses on officer stress, physical fitness, professionalism and community engagement.
  • He developed the special operations division to include motorcycle patrol, escorts and motorcycle coverage at special events.
  • Chief Pace instituted and directed patrols at senior housing, shopping areas, public parks and schools to increase Randolph Police visibility and safety in areas of special populations.
  • He changed the department rank structure by adding two commander positions, which have allowed the department to respond quickly to changing events and focus on the mission of crime prevention.
  • Crime has been cut in Randolph by over 34% in his approximately 10 years as chief and the department has partnered with the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey and the Massachusetts State Police to bring necessary resources to assist in the local policing mission.
  • Chief Pace instituted the Senior Outreach Unit to serve Randolph’s senior community.
  • He instituted a civilian dispatch program, which is cost-effective and has helped to keep more officers out on the street.

“I would like to thank Town Manager Brian Howard and former Town Manager David Murphy for their support and the financial means to institute an ambitious agenda in 2010 and beyond, which I feel has been more successful than I had ever imagined,” Chief Pace said. “I credit the entire Randolph Police Department, my brothers and sisters in blue, for all that we have been fortunate enough to accomplish over the last decade. I have always said that good police work is teamwork and I am fortunate enough to have one of the best teams around.”

Over the past year, like all other public service agencies, the department has had to adjust its daily operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The past year was challenging and required us to make changes to both keep our personnel healthy and continue to provide services to the public,” Chief Pace said. “From the start of the pandemic, we received a lot of support from community members, organizations and local businesses who donated PPE and other supplies to us, and we are appreciative of their continued support.”

“On behalf of the town, I would like to thank Chief Pace for his commitment and many years of service to our community,” Town Manager Brian Howard said. “Over the past 10 years with Chief Pace leading the department, the Randolph Police Department has become a more progressive and modern agency. He has instituted many new initiatives that will benefit our community members and officers for years to come. On a personal level, Chief Pace has helped me tremendously since I took over as Town Manager and I thank him for his invaluable insight and guidance.”

“I have long held that the Town of Randolph benefits from an extremely professional and competent police department,” Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said. “That strength starts at the top with Chief Pace, and his partnership will be very much missed.”

Chief Pace holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and graduated from the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council. He is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Norfolk County Chiefs of Police.

“Although I am retiring from policing, I will not be retiring from work and plan to take the summer to determine what the next chapter in my career will be,” Chief Pace said.

Chief Pace’s last active shift as Chief will be Friday, April 2. The last month of his tenure will be largely focused on the transition to a new police chief.

“I have set goals to hire more police officers, submit a capital plan to address the security needs of the community and finish my three-year plan of an overhaul of some police equipment,” Chief Pace said. “I want to leave Randolph’s next police chief well-positioned to bring the department even further toward Randolph’s 21st century policing goals.”

In October 2020, the town held an assessment center for the position of police chief, which is a civil service position. APD Management of Tewksbury was selected to run the assessment. The Massachusetts Human Resources Division then used the results of the assessment center to compile a list of candidates. The police chief position is subject to an appointment by the town manager and ratification by the Randolph Town Council.

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Statement of Randolph Police Chief William Pace Regarding Death of George Floyd and Actions of Minneapolis Police

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace and the men and women of the Randolph Police Department condemn the actions of the Minneapolis Police officers which resulted in the death of George Floyd last week.

“The role of a police officer at its very core is the preservation of life and the welfare of the community. The safety of all human beings is the number one priority with any and every person an officer interacts with daily, whether a victim, a witness or a suspect,” Chief Pace said. “The Randolph Police Department will always be committed to providing the best possible service to the community in a dignified and equitable fashion. Officers are trained to approach every situation with respect, compassion and fairness, and these are all traits that were not present in the treatment of George Floyd.”

Police departments and their officers across Massachusetts have thoroughly embraced the six pillars of the principles embodied in the final report of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and remain committed to professional conduct, democratic policing and procedural justice for all people. Massachusetts police officers, including those of the Randolph Police Department, are not trained to apply pressure to the neck or throat and to never place a suspect on their face.

Additionally, the Randolph Police Department is committed to meeting and maintaining the top standards of law enforcement through accreditation by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC). The department regularly reviews internal policies regarding use of force and its training on de-escalation techniques and fair and impartial policing. The reforms made over the years have promoted greater accountability and fulfilled training needs, resulting in a declining crime rate and no excessive force complaints in the last 10 years.

“George Floyd’s death was certainly preventable had the Minneapolis officers on scene maintained their professionalism and honored the oaths they swore when beginning their careers. It is our responsibility to hold responsible the officers who tarnish the reputation of this profession through unjust and unreasonable action or inaction,” Chief Pace said. “We know that the effectiveness of our profession can only be possible with the trust of the community in which we serve.”

As communities struggle with the emotions that arose from the injustice that occurred in Minneapolis and the wave of both peaceful and violent protests across the nation which followed, the Randolph Police Department denounces acts of violence but encourages community members to peacefully voice their opinion, as is their constitutional right.

In the coming days, Chief Pace will meet with community members and leaders to explain the department’s commitment to methods that keep Randolph safe while also guarding the constitutional protections of its people.

“I believe our officers have a great deal of community support in Randolph. We always value an open dialogue with members of our community on all matters, including how we can continue to evolve as a law enforcement organization,” Chief Pace said.

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Randolph Police Investigating Overnight Shooting

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating a shooting overnight where a man was shot in the leg.

At approximately 11:20 p.m. Tuesday night, Jan. 21, police responded to the area of West Street and Old West Street for a report of multiple gunshots.

A 911 caller reported that there was a man inside a West Street apartment who was suffering from a gunshot wound. The 18-year-old Hyde Park man was transported by a Randolph Fire Department ambulance to a Boston hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

As the investigation continued, officers on scene located a vehicle on the side of the road at the intersection of West Street and Old West Street. The vehicle had been struck multiple times with gunfire and there was blood on the passenger’s side of the vehicle.

A Quincy Police firearm K9 was requested at the scene, however no gun was able to be located. Additionally, members of the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services unit and Crime Prevention and Control (CPAC) unit responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

At this time, police do not believe that the incident was random and it remains under active investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area last night is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Crime Rate Drops 10% Over Past Year, Down 36% in Past Decade

RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace and Town Manager Brian Howard are pleased to share that Randolph’s 2019 crime statistics show a third consecutive annual decrease in the town’s crime rate.

According to the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) statistics submitted by the Town of Randolph, the total number of reported crimes dropped from 1,237 in 2018 to 1,105 in 2019, a 10% decrease.

The total number of violent crimes dropped 10% from 2018 to 2019. Aggravated assaults were down over 10% and motor vehicle thefts remained at 33 reported incidents. Crimes against property were down from 740 incidents in 2018 to 639 incidents in 2019. Part B crimes such as disorderly conduct or quality of life offenses decreased by 17% in 2019.

The statistics also show a 36% decrease in reported crimes in Randolph over the past decade.

“I am very pleased with the recent crime statistics, which are proof that the work the men and women of the Randolph Police Department do everyday pays off,” Town Manager Howard said.

“The safety of the community is our number one priority,” Chief Pace said. “Even with crime statistics showing a downward trend, our department’s call volume continues to increase and diversify each year. To respond to this, we have trained an officer in commercial motor vehicle enforcement and there are plans to focus on other quality of life concerns in the coming year, including increased traffic enforcement, pedestrian safety and drunk and drugged driving patrols. I am proud that our department has been successful not only in reducing crime, but has made service enhancements as well.”

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Randolph Police Provide Important Information About July 3 Parade and Fireworks Show

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace would like to provide important information about town’s annual Night Before the Fourth parade and fireworks event that will take place tomorrow.

“This is an event we look forward to all year, where everyone in town comes together to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday and enjoy the parade and fireworks,” Chief Pace said. “Randolph typically sees a large influx of visitors to the town and we ask that everyone please follow the appropriate parking and traffic rules so that the event can run as smoothly as possible. We hope to see a big crowd tomorrow night and we wish everyone a fun and safe holiday.”

Parade

The parade begins at 7 p.m. and will start at the Boston Higashi School, 800 North Main St., and will travel south down North Main Street. The parade ends at the intersection of North Main Street and Memorial Parkway.

North Main Street, from Oak Street to Crawford Square, and Memorial Parkway will be closed to traffic beginning at 6 p.m. and will not re-open until approximately 11 p.m.

There will be no on-street parking along the parade route beginning at 3 p.m. Those parked along the parade route will be towed after that time.

Chief Pace recommends that those driving to the parade find legal, on-street parking away from the parade route. Parked vehicles should not block private driveways, be on private land without permission of the home/business owner or block access to emergency vehicles or the motoring public. Please be respectful to other’s property. As always, parking violators will be subject to towing.

Fireworks

The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. They will be launched from the rear of Randolph High School, 70 Memorial Parkway.

To keep people safe, there will be a restricted safety zone around the launch site which will be marked with caution tape. Pedestrians and vehicles will not have access to this area.

There will be no parking allowed in either Randolph High School parking lot. Additionally, the Randolph High School football field and baseball diamond will not be accessible for fireworks viewing.

There will be several portable restrooms available for public use located at the intersection of Memorial Parkway and McNeil Way (Randolph High School pool-side lot).

Spectators are also advised that additional uniformed Randolph Police officers and auxiliary officers will be stationed along the parade route, concentrating on the downtown area. Should anyone need assistance from the Randolph Police Department, feel free to approach one of these officers as they will be more than willing to assist.

Routine patrols and calls for service will continue as normal and if needed, please contact the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212 for assistance.

Chief Pace asks that you DO NOT call 911 to report illegal fireworks use or noise/loud party complaints. Please utilize the business line for these reports as it is imperative that that 911 lines remain open for true emergencies.

Anyone with further questions is welcomed to call the Randolph Police business line at 781-963-1212.

The Randolph Police Department wishes everyone and their loved ones a safe and happy Independence Day!

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Randolph Police Commander David Avery Retiring After 32 Years

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 1, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

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.

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Randolph Police Remind Residents that Use of Fireworks in Massachusetts is Illegal

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 1, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Randolph Police Remind Residents that Use of Fireworks in Massachusetts is Illegal

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace would like to remind Randolph residents as the Fourth of July approaches that the use of fireworks is illegal in the state of Massachusetts.

It is illegal to use, possess, or sell fireworks of any kind in Massachusetts, including Class C fireworks, which are sometimes falsely called “safe and sane fireworks.” Class C fireworks include sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, cherry bombs and more. Residents are also prohibited from purchasing fireworks elsewhere and transporting them into the state.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, during the month surrounding the Fourth of July, approximately 280 people nationwide go to the emergency room seeking treatment for injuries caused by fireworks every day.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks are also the cause of 18,500 fires on average each year.

This does not mean residents cannot enjoy fireworks displays over the course of the summer. However, Chief Pace recommends that residents only attend celebrations put on by a licensed professional to ensure safety.

Residents should also remember to:

  • Watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.
  • Call 911 if anyone gets injured by fireworks.
  • Set a positive example for children by not using illegal fireworks. If kids see adults using them, they may not realize the dangers and could be encouraged to pick up matches or lighters.
  • Be careful around even the smallest fireworks. Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees and could easily cause severe burns and injuries.

Anyone who has questions about fireworks or fireworks safety should contact the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police Department Receives Donation of 130 Bicycle Helmets

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Randolph Police Department Receives Donation of 130 Bicycle Helmets

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department has received a donation of 130 bicycle helmets from the law firm Breakstone, White & Gluck for the fourth straight year.

The Boston-based personal injury law firm donated the helmets as part of their Project KidSafe campaign to encourage safe cycling and prevent head injuries.

Randolph Police will distribute the helmets to kids as part of its bicycle safety program.

“We want to once again give our sincere thanks for the generosity of the people at Breakstone, White & Gluck,” Chief Pace said. “Bicycle safety starts with wearing a helmet and because of their donation we are able to provide dozens of kids with helmets in Randolph.”

The Project KidSafe campaign was started by the law firm in 2013 as a way to reduce injuries and encourage children to wear helmets as soon as they start riding. Over five years, the lawyers have now donated more than 20,000 bicycle helmets to children in Massachusetts.

“At Breakstone, White & Gluck, we believe every child should be able to safely ride their bicycle while wearing a helmet,” Attorney David W. White said. “Each year we donate hundreds of brand-new helmets to police departments throughout the region that they then give out to children in their community. It was our pleasure to once again donate over 100 helmets to the Randolph Police Department.”

Massachusetts law requires children who are 16 years old and younger to wear bicycle helmets when they ride.

The Randolph Police Department encourages all cyclists to wear helmets no matter their age.

To learn more about Project KidSafe, visit www.bwglaw.com/bikes.

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*UPDATED* Randolph Police Clear from Hotel After No Threat Found

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Friday, May 17, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Randolph Police Clear from Hotel After No Threat Found

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating after a man staying at the Comfort Inn made threats regarding a “biological hazard” Friday afternoon.

The scene was cleared at approximately 2 p.m. after no threats were found.

A man has been detained by Randolph Police and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation.

At approximately noon, Randolph Police responded to the Comfort Inn, 1374 North Main St., for a report of a hotel guest that was refusing to leave his room after his stay had expired. The man made threats to a hotel employee about having a “biological hazard” inside of his room and made threats to harm himself.

The man was quickly located in a corridor near his hotel room and was detained by Randolph Police without incident.

Out of an abundance of caution, the hotel was evacuated and the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad was called in to investigate.

The incident remains under investigation by Randolph Police.

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