On June 28 William Pace, a 20-year veteran of the Randolph Police Force, was sworn is a Chief of Police. Pace is openly gay.
"I think itâ€™s a great thing that someone whoâ€™s openly gay is in a position like that," said Dave Granese, President of the Gay Officers Action League of New England (GOAL/NE), a support group for openly gay and lesbian law enforcement officials and civilian employees of federal, state, and local agencies. "Hopefully [Pace] can fortify equality within the department and within the community."
At the swearing-in ceremony Pace had this to say about the Police Force that he now commands:
"Do not underestimate us; do not test our resolve," he said. "To those who bring violence to our streets, to those who threaten our lives and property, to those who threaten our children and our elders, I say you will be held accountable." He also promises to keep the lines of communication with citizens of Randolph wide open and to reorganize the department in order to be more efficient.