Chief George McNeil is a 37-year veteran of law enforcement. He is the proud father of two children. His daughter Nichole is a Bridgewater State graduate and works in healthcare, while his son Kenneth is an Army Veteran, currently working for NASA. 

 

Chief McNeil began his career in the town of Randolph in 1987, he attended the Foxboro police academy; graduating first in his class. He quickly moved up in rank from patrolman to sergeant and went on to be promoted to lieutenant. He was eventually appointed as the accreditation manager in 2011 and led the department to its initial certification in 2014. In 2014 he was sworn in as the Police Chief in the Town of Somerset. 

 

Chief McNeil earned a master’s degree in criminal justice at Anna Maria
College as well as a Bachelor’s degree in animal science from University
of Rhode Island. He has also attended many leadership and management
classes including executive development and organizational leadership
training through FBI-LEEDA . 

 

Chief McNeil was an esteemed adjunct professor at Bridgewater State
University for 11 years. During his tenure at the University he taught a
variety of courses including policing, community and society and
corrections.  The Chief continues teaching both for Commonwealth
Police Legacy and John Guilfoil Public Relations.

 

The Chief recently retired but remains active in the police community,
participating in the assessments of Massachusetts police departments
for the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission, (MPAC), which
he has done for over a decade. Recently, he became a facilitator for
MPAC and now oversees accreditation assessments by leading a team
of assessors into police departments and reporting
back to MPAC. 


Chief McNeil spent 7 years as Chief of the Somerset Police Department. During that time, he
was the most progressive and innovative leader in the county. Here are some of his
achievements and advancements:


• Established a K-9 unit in 2014 at no cost to taxpayers.

•  Published a weekly newsletter for five years, which kept the community engaged and promoted transparency between residents and the police department. The "Chief's Report" shared the inner workings of the department, displayed statistics and allowed members of the community to better understand the functions and services of the department. 

• Chief McNeil won a national award in 2018 for his publication of this newsletter.

• Assisted in establishing a road race in memory of Officer BJ Voss. Officer Voss passed suddenly in 2013. Funds raised through the road race have been awarded as scholarships for students at both
Somerset Berkley Regional High School and Bristol Community College.
• Established a camera registry for residents with outdoor surveillance systems who wished to potentially share footage in the event of a crime.
• Established a problem-oriented policing unit, this unit addresses chronic problem areas within the community and works with residents and other agencies to reduce calls for service. This unit was extremely successful in reducing calls for service and engaging community members.

• Oversaw the re-accreditation of the Somerset Police department twice in 7 years.
• Established an outreach program for residents and family members within the community facing issues relating to addiction.
• Created an explorer program for youths ages 14 to 20 who had an interest in law enforcement.
• Started an ice cream giveaway program which encouraged children to wear their bicycle helmets.
• Secured numerous grants for the department including a grant that funded the purchase and data storage for body worn cameras.

 

Throughout Chief McNeil's career he had the privilege of serving on several boards and committees in different capacities. These roles included; 

 

• President of the Bristol County Chiefs of Police Association for 3 years.
• Vice President of the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC).
• Control Chief for the search and rescue unit of SEMLEC. Overseeing the search and
rescue operations of the entire unit. The search and rescue unit included officers from over 30
communities in both Bristol and Plymouth counties.
• Member of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association (MCOPA). 

• Member of the training committee for  Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association (MCOPA)  .
• Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
• Assessor for the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC).
• Member of the standards and training committee for MPAC.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bristol County correction system is broken and is in desperate need of change and new ideas. Recidivism rates continue to be at record highs. The Department is top heavy yet officers continue to leave due to poor working conditions and low pay. Hiring and retention of officers is a serious problem. The facilities are in poor condition and are need of repair, and soon.

George McNeil will work to reduce the recidivism rate through rehabilitation, education, housing, and vocation for detainees who leave the facilities. Many of the people who leave the jails cannot read or write and are given no chance of improving their lives. Addiction treatment as well as mental wellness is imperative. If the rate of reoffending is reduced then our county will be a safer place to live.

McNeil will streamline the Department by reducing the numbers in upper management but instead focus on the hiring new officers and making the Bristol County Sheriff’s Department a great place to work. Officers must be paid better and contractual agreements must be funded. The mental wellness of the staff who work with the detainees is a concern and must be addressed. The forcing of overtime each week makes for an unsafe environment for everyone and leads to low morale.

The jails are in poor shape and in desperate need of repair. Again, this is an issue that presents an unsafe environment for people being detained and those who work with those buildings. McNeil will make it a priority to improve the infrastructure.

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Foxboro Police Academy graduation, July 1987

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