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Brookline Partners With Police Executive Research Forum To Assist In Police Chief Hiring Process


Town Administrator Mel Kleckner is pleased to announce that the Town of Brookline has partnered with Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to assist in the search for a new police chief.

PERF will work with the town and stakeholders to identify a nationwide pool of candidates. PERF will engage community members to determine the profile of an ideal candidate, identify, recruit and evaluate possible candidates and perform background checks.

The town is committed to maintaining an inclusive, equitable and progressive approach to policing, working in partnership with the community to ensure that all people enjoy a high quality of life without fear of crime. The town has engaged in an intensive review of reforming and reimagining its police services and seeks a chief who will work toward the goals established by the Select Board and the ideals of the community.

The Town Administrator is responsible for recommending a final chief of police candidate or candidates to the Select Board. A screening panel of residents assembled by Kleckner will assist him in identifying finalists for the position.

Residents are asked to participate in an online survey to share their priorities for the next police chief. To take the survey, please visit here.

Additionally, residents are invited to take part in two virtual forums. Community forums will take place on:

  • Thursday, October 28, 2021, from 07:00 to 09:00 p.m. Sign up here.
  • Monday, November15, 2021, from 07:00 to 09:00 p.m. Sign up here.

“We feel that community involvement is crucial in searching for Brookline’s next permanent police chief,” said Town Administrator Kleckner. “We want to hear from our residents about the qualities and characteristics that they hope to see in the ideal police chief candidate. This is our community’s chance to share their thoughts and voice their opinions, and we urge them to participate.”


About PERF

PERF is a police research and policy organization and a provider of management services, technical assistance and executive-level education to support law enforcement agencies. Since its founding in 1976, PERF has focused on critical issues, including reducing police use of force, developing community policing and problem-oriented policing, using technologies to deliver police services to the community and evaluating crime reduction strategies. The organization strives to advance professionalism in policing and to improve the delivery of police services through the exercise of strong national leadership, public debate of police and criminal justice issues, as well as research and policy development.

To learn more, please visit here.