Alumnus Kevin Pacunas ‘21 M was recently hired as the new police chief in the Belchertown Police Department. Pacunas was voted for unanimously by the selection board. Following his initial hire to the force in 1996, he was promoted to sergeant in 2003 and lieutenant in 2017. “As a resident of Belchertown, it is an incredible honor to be appointed as the town’s new police chief,” Pacunas wrote in an email to the Gazette.
“It’s in Lt. Pacunas’ DNA and I think he should be the next chief of police for the town of Belchertown.” Having been a Belchertown police officer for the last 26 years and being an active member of the community Pacunas plans to have one of the main philosophies of the department be community engagement and community policing.
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