March 11, 2021
Chief Scott P. Livingstone is pleased to announce the promotion of Amherst Police Department Detective Nicholas J. Chandler to the rank of sergeant effective March 8, 2021. Sergeant Chandler was promoted after an extensive selection process which included a written examination and interviews with Chief Scott P. Livingstone, Town Manager Paul Bockelman and Human Resources Director Donna-Rae Kenneally. This promotion fills the position that was vacated with the promotion of Lieutenant Richard P. MacLean.
Sergeant Chandler was appointed as a patrol officer with the Amherst Police Department on February 3, 2009 and assigned patrol duties. In 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 he was the recipient of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Drive For Life Award for his dedication to the enforcement of the Commonwealths Drunk Driving Laws. In 2012, Chandler received a Letter of Merit for the outstanding teamwork and professionalism he and his fellow officers demonstrated that resulted in the apprehension of a suspect who had burglarized five houses on December 25, 2011.
On January 6, 2017 Sergeant Chandler was reassigned to the detective bureau. While assigned to the detective bureau Chandler obtained extensive specialized training in criminal and narcotics investigation. He attained certification from the International Association of Chiefs of Police as a Drug Recognition Expert. In addition, Chandler obtained professional certifications as a Sexual Assault and Crime Scene Investigator. During his tenure at the police department Sergeant Chandler has been a member of the Search and Rescue Team, Bicycle Patrol Unit, Warrant Entry Team and Crime Scene Investigation Unit. He was also a Field Training Officer, Sexual Assault Investigator, Evidence/Property Officer and in 2019 was a member of the Police Departments Accreditation Assessment Team.
Sergeant Chandler graduated in 2008 from the 2nd Municipal Police Officers Training Academy in Boylston, Massachusetts. In 2007 he received an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Mount Wachusett Community College. Chandler graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Fitchburg State University in 2015 and master’s degree in criminal justice from Lasell College in 2019.