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Posted on: September 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] SEMLEC Appoints New Search and Rescue Control Chief Following Chief Wall's Retirement

The Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC) is pleased to announce that Whitman Police Chief Timothy Hanlon will replace Pembroke Police Chief Richard Wall upon his retirement.

At a recent SEMLEC meeting, Chief Hanlon was voted to replace Chief Wall as a control chief for the SEMLEC Search and Rescue Unit. Chief Hanlon will be working alongside Somerset Police Chief George McNeil as the unit’s two control chiefs.

Each SEMLEC unit has two control chiefs who oversee the operations of their respective units.

As the control chiefs for the Search and Rescue Unit, Chiefs McNeil and Hanlon will oversee all search and rescue operations in the region to find individuals believed to be in distress, lost, sick or injured in areas that are either remote or difficult to access.

"We look forward to working alongside Chief Hanlon in the Search and Rescue Unit," Chief McNeil said. "The Whitman Police Department has been a member agency of SEMLEC for several years and it will be great to see Chief Hanlon step into a leadership position within the Council. I would also like to wish Chief Wall all the best in his retirement. He has been an asset to the unit and we will miss him dearly."

At yesterday’s monthly training the SEMLEC Search and Rescue Unit presented Chief Wall with a token of appreciation for his many years of dedication to the team and all of the communities SEMLEC represents. Chief Wall served as a control chief for SEMLEC Search and Rescue for the past seven years and has served in law enforcement for the past 34 years.

We are a mutual aid consortium comprised of resources from the police departments of 30 cities and towns. We respond when requested by a chief of police to assist with search and rescue, special events, or major crimes. We also draw on some of the most talented police officers in the region to form the SEMLEC SWAT Team, which deploys when needed to save lives and protect the citizens of southeastern Massachusetts.
Our members are all sworn police officers from one of the 30 member communities. Our units respond only when called by one of the 30 chiefs of police in our region.

To learn more about SEMLEC, click here.

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