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Chief Jay Sartell

Jay Sartell currently serves as the Chief of Police for the Townsend, Massachusetts Police Department. He received undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice from NHTI (AS) and Franklin Pierce University (BA) and a Master of Criminal Justice degree from Boston University. Chief Sartell has been employed in law enforcement for more than 25 years and served in each of the three branches of the system (corrections, court, and enforcement) at various points in his career.

He served as a Corrections Officer at the State Prison in Concord and at a halfway house in Manchester where he worked developing parole plans and integration strategies for state prison inmates. He was sworn in as a police officer in 1995 and served at virtually every rank retiring from the Hollis, New Hampshire Police Department after 20 years, his last 6 years as Chief of Police.

Sartell was appointed Chief of Police in nearby Townsend, Massachusetts in 2020. As of late, his focus has been on the study of the importance of leadership within law enforcement organizations and the importance of incorporating leadership principles into department policy and practice. He is an appointed member of the Community Policing Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2016 and presented at the 2017 Annual Conference on building trust through community engagement.

Chief Sartell joins the CopDoc Podcast on January 12, 2021.


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