Richard B. (Rick) Bailey was named interim chief of the Townsend Police Department on April 25, 2017 and permanent chief on October 3, 2017.
Prior to becoming chief in Townsend, Rick Bailey served as the chief of police and director of emergency management at Plymouth (NH) State University and held the position of chief of police in Grafton, Massachusetts. Chief Bailey was also part of a management team for two police departments in transition. Prior to become chief, he was a member of the Nashua, New Hampshire Police Department where he held a variety of positions including captain, bureau commander – uniform field operations, captain, bureau commander – detective bureau, captain, bureau commander – legal bureau, and sergeant – narcotics division.
In addition to his experience as chief, he has expertise in organizational development, cultural change, department assessments, internal affairs, juvenile operations, prosecution, policy and procedure development, data analysis, traffic safety program development, community policing and engagement, and emergency response planning. Chief Bailey has facilitated the International Association of Chiefs of Police – Leadership in Police Organizations course on a national and international level. As a consultant to police departments from across the country Chief Bailey has worked with communities such as Boston (MA), San Francisco (CA), Globe (AZ), Titusville (PA), Bridgton (ME), the Pierce County (WA) Sheriff’s Department, the State of Vermont, Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police and others to help them reach organizational goals and enhance services while improving the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
Chief Bailey is a graduate of the 191st session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, the 31st New Hampshire Police Academy, the Police Executive Training (POLEX) at Penn State, and the Command Training Institute at Babson College. He holds a BS in Management from Franklin Pierce University and an MS in Criminal Justice from Fitchburg State University.