BROOKLINE — Town Administrator Mel Kleckner is pleased to share that Richard Allen has been selected to serve as Acting Police Chief, and announces the promotions of three members of the Brookline Police Department.
At a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11, the Select Board named Allen as Acting Chief.
Acting Chief Allen is a 33-year veteran of the Brookline Police Department. He joined in 1989 as a Patrol Officer. He was promoted to detective in 1995, Patrol Sergeant in 2003 and Detective Sergeant in 2004. He was promoted to Shift Commander Lieutenant in 2007 and later to Police Prosecutor Lieutenant in 2008, serving as the lead prosecutor in district court. In 2021, he was promoted to Deputy Superintendent of the Patrol Division.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Western New England College, a master’s degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College and a juris doctor from New England School of Law.
The Town of Brookline has partnered with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to assist in the search for a permanent Police Chief. The formal application process for Chief has closed. The town and PERF are currently in the process of reviewing and interviewing 22 applicants. A permanent Chief is expected to be appointed by April.
Additionally at the meeting, the Select Board voted to delegate the authority to promote members of the police department to Town Administrator Kleckner until a permanent chief is appointed. Following the vote, Town Administrator Klecker promoted the following members of the Brookline Police Department:
Deputy Superintendent Paul Cullinane
Paul Cullinane was promoted to the rank of Deputy Superintendent.
Deputy Superintendent Cullinane joined the Brookline Police Department in 1984 as a Patrolman. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2004, serving as the Patrol Division Supervisor. In 2005, he was transferred to the Detectives Division. While serving as Sergeant Detective he oversaw the Identification Unit, Firearms Licensing and Recruit Investigations. In 2012, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, serving as the Patrol Division Platoon Commander. In 2016, he returned to the Detectives Division, where he was in charge of overseeing criminal investigations on both the evening and day shifts.
In 2019, Deputy Superintendent Cullinane was assigned as the Cannabis Licensing Liaison, representing the licensing authority with security-related issues, as well as neighborhood complaint mitigation. He also is a member of the Security Planning Group for the U.S. Open Golf Championship, which will be hosted at The Country Club in June 2022.
Deputy Superintendent Cullinane holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Western New England College.
Lt. David Hill
David Hill was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Lt. Hill began his career with the department in 2008 as a Patrol Officer after attending the Lowell Police Academy where he finished first in his class. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2016, serving as a Patrol Supervisor. He is a trained member of the department’s Crisis Negotiation Team.
Additionally, he was President of the Brookline Police Association from 2016 to 2019.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Sgt. Joseph Amendola
Joseph Amendola was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Sgt. Amendola joined the department in 2003. He served in the Patrol Division from 2003 until 2019 when he was assigned to the Community Service Division. He also served on the Special Response Team from 2015 to 2019.
As a member of the Community Service Division, his duties included organizing youth sports events, including street hockey, basketball and volleyball. He is a member of the Brookline Homelessness Task Force and actively interacts with those in need, including those dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues. He serves as a liaison between the department and the outreach worker for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
He also is an active volunteer at Brookline Thrives and the Brookline Food Pantry.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Curry College.