Chief Richard M. Stanley


The service, contribution, and heroism of Chief Richard M. Stanley is a well-known in our community and beyond. Currently, Chief Stanley is the president and owner of RMS Associates Inc., a full-service public safety consulting firm. RMS Associates specializes in working as a trusted advisor to private industry as they attempt to market  and work with the Law Enforcement industry. Additionally, Chief Stanley is the co-owner of Integrity Testing, LLC, which specializes in all public safety professional recruitment, promotional services, and assessment center testing.

These endeavors are built on nearly forty years of selfless and distinguished service to the law enforcement profession. He began this service as a patrol officer in 1977 with the North Andover Police Department. During the following nine years, he rose through the ranks of detective, sergeant, lieutenant, and ultimately chief of police in 1986 at the age of thirty one. Under his command, the North Andover Police Department gained the community’s respect for its innovation and commitment to community service. He led the North Andover Police Department to qualify for formal accreditation by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in addition to numerous other awards from community and law enforcement groups. The ongoing mark of his leadership is housed in the state-of-the-art, 24,000-square foot police facility valued at over ten million dollars for which he provided oversight of design and construction.

Chief Stanley’s reputation for innovative and effective leadership extended beyond the Town of North Andover to the state and even national level. He served as president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association in 1996, president of the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council from 1991-1992, and member of the International Chiefs of Police Homeland Security Committee from 2001 to 2011.

Chief Stanley’s provided guidance and leadership for the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Regional Response Team (RRT) and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), covering fifty-seven municipal police and sheriff agencies serving a population of 1.5 million residents. In 1987, Chief Stanley launched a regional SWAT force and, as Control Chief of this 160-officer unit until 2010, successfully managed and controlled hundreds of barricaded gunmen situations, hostage situations, drug raids, armed robbery stakeouts, and high-risk warrant apprehensions.

He has contributed his experience, leadership, and partnership to the Boston Police, providing security for championship sporting event celebrations and even the Democratic National Convention in 2004. In fact, the NEMLEC Regional Response Team was deployed three times under Chief Stanley's command to Washington, D. C., to support security operations for the International Monetary Fund World Bank riots in April of 2000 and for the presidential inaugurations of 2005 and 2009.

His courage has been acknowledged many times over many years by many agencies. Chief Stanley received the George L. Hanna Memorial Award for Bravery by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Italian American Police Officers Association awarded him the Law Enforcement Medal of Valor in 2006 for his heroic leadership as commander of the NEMLEC SWAT team during a shooting exchange with a barricaded gunman.

In August of 2009 Chief Stanley was asked by the Town of Wareham to act as Interim Police Chief for the Wareham Police Department while they searched for a permanent chief. Under his strong leadership, this police department was able to recover from internal challenges of organizational disarray and overcome external challenges from the community that resulted from charges of discriminatory practices by its Cape Verdean Community.

So far, there has been no challenge that Chief Stanley has not been able to meet; no task too complex or too demanding. For nearly two years, Chief Stanley served as Chief of Police for both the Town of North Andover and Wareham. In May of 2011, after thirty-four years of service, Chief Stanley accepted a full-time contract with the Town of Wareham. In this capacity, he worked tirelessly and successfully to repair and augment community relations in Wareham, and turning that police department around to finally earn the official accreditation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

After four years service as Chief of Police and Emergency Management Director for this coastal community, Chief Stanley ultimately retired from the Wareham Police Department in November of 2013.

Over the course of his career, Chief Stanley has played a valuable role in many community initiatives, serving on boards of director at the Greater Lawrence Boys and Girls Club, Friends of Merrimack College, Salvation Army Advisory Board, Greater Lawrence Community Boating, as well as the YMCA/YWCA.

Chief Stanley’s leadership and contribution are well-grounded in extensive training and education. He earned a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University’s College of Criminal Justice in 1985 after he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1979. He attended the Command Officer’s Training Program at Babson College and the Senior Management Institute for Police sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington, D. C. He passed on this training to students in the Criminal Justice program at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell as an adjunct faculty member, teaching courses there from 1996 through 2005.