New Deputy Police Chief Appointed
LOWELL -- Capt. Dan Larocque, a 30-year police veteran who has served in a variety of roles across the department, has been promoted to be the department’s new deputy superintendent.
Larocque takes over the position vacated by now-retired Deputy Superintendent Deborah Friedl.
Larocque, whose father rose to the rank of sergeant during a 23-year career with the Lowell police, joined the department on April 24, 1994 after working five years for Tyngsboro police.
He has served as a patrolman and detective, and worked in the criminal bureau, family services unit, gang unit and professional standards division. As a captain, he served as shift commander for the late-night shift, the early-night shift, and as a sector commander for the portion of the city that includes the Highlands, Belvidere, South Lowell, Back Central and Sacred Heart neighborhoods.
Superintendent Kelly Richardson said he selected Larocque from a field of “great candidates” in part because of his experience at so many of the department’s positions.
“He’s worked a lot of different assignments in the department and has been very involved with the community, which is very important to me,” Richardson said.
Richardson said Larocque, like Deputy Superintendent Barry Golner, is approachable by anyone and will be a good representative of the department in case Richardson is away.
“He’s always done the right thing, even when people weren’t looking,” Richardson said.
As deputy superintendent, Larocque will be in charge of the department’s Support Services Division, Training Division, Professional Standards Division, and Criminal Bureau.
To fill openings created by Larocque’s promotion, Richardson also promoted Lt. Don Crawford to captain, Sgt. Jack Sheehan to lieutenant and Detective Guillermo Rojas to sergeant. In 2017, Rojas was awarded a George L. Hanna Medal of Valor -- one of the state’s highest honors for police -- for an incident a year earlier in which he and another officer disarmed a man who wielded a large kitchen knife and who had threatened to “kill everyone.”
Larocque said he is honored to earn the promotion at a department where his father also worked, and had good words for the candidates he beat out for the job.
“It’s humbling too,” he said. “Everyone was very qualified, and they’re all good guys.”
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