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Randolph police chief announces retirement

Randolph Police Chief William Pace is retiring in April after a 30-year career in law enforcement and 10 years as chief.

“The last 10 years in policing have been very challenging and I am proud to say that the department made every effort to meet those challenges head-on,” Pace said in a statement posted on the department’s website.

“One of the things I am most proud of is the declining crime rate in our community, which I credit to intelligence-based policing and an emphasis on community policing programs, officer wellness initiatives, and opportunities for officers of this department to engage with the community in positive ways.”

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The statement said Randolph’s crime rate has gone down 34 percent in the past decade.

In Randolph, the police chief is a civil service position, with a candidate list compiled by the Massachusetts Human Resources Division. A new chief is appointed from the list by the town manager and ratified by the Town Council, according to the statement.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.