Chief Peter Carnes: Proactive on Public Safety

November 4, 2015


Chief Peter Carnes

Along with 14,000 public safety professionals from the U.S. and abroad, Stonehill Police Chief Peter Carnes attended the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference in Chicago last month.

In addition to learning about new strategies and technologies at the conference and hearing President Obama address the attendees, Chief Carnes also presented at a nation-wide panel that explored the challenges and expectations for police departments when dealing with the media in an information age.  

carnes groupA member of the governing body of IACP, Chief Carnes is the organization’s parliamentarian. An advocate of community policing, he created a Citizens Police Academy at the College for students, faculty, staff and alumni.

The Academy recently completed its second successful session. On the left, there is a photo of the Academy's new graduates and some of their instructors. The free six-week program includes guest speakers from the FBI, DEA and the Massachusetts State Police and it offers a behind the scenes look at topics such as cybercrimes, forensics, criminal law, campus safety, and sexual assault investigations.

Past President of the Massachusetts Chief of Police, Carnes states: “My approach to policing is we must engage with and know the people we serve and be attentive to their concerns while working to implement effective strategies that make our communities safe and our officers respected. I have an open door policy and welcome conversation and feedback. ”

Carnes paperBefore coming to Stonehill in 2008, Carnes served as the Police Chief in two Massachusetts towns, Yarmouth and Wenham. Throughout his career, he has followed a proactive approach to police issues.

The accompanying photo, above, from the front page of the Boston Sunday Herald on July 10, 1994 features him in a major story on how small town police departments were dealing with “tight dollars, thin staffing and rising violence.”

“It’s always about partnerships, building trust and being reliable and that is what we aim for here at the College,” said Carnes, who leads a department that is armed and state-police certified with around 20 officers. To contact Chief Carnes, email pcarnes@stonehill.edu or call 508-565-5555.