Brent Larrabee CV


Police Commissioner-interim-Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge, MA. (January 2017 to August 2017). An historic city located adjacent to Boston across the Charles River, Cambridge is a unique urban community with a vibrant mix of cultural, social and economic diversity. Intellectual vitality and technological innovation thrive in Cambridge. With over 105,000 residents, and a daytime population of 240,000, the Cambridge community is a mix of residents, business people, students, and tourists from many cultures and backgrounds. The 6.25 square mile city is also home to unparalleled educational institutions—Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whose research labs have helped to spawn a world-renowned innovation economy. The demographics of Cambridge reflect a diverse population. Approximately 32% of the residents of Cambridge have a native language other than English; approximately 45% of public school students received free or reduced lunch. Cambridge has always welcomed immigrants and remains a sanctuary city today. With a budget of over $50 million, the Cambridge Police Department has 272 sworn police officers and 47 civilian staff members.

Chief of Police-East Haven Police Department, East Haven, CT (February 2012-June 2016). Executive of a police agency serving a community of 30,000 on the shoreline of Connecticut (February 2012). During this period, managed a department, which was under a federally mandated Consent Decree for alleged abuse of Hispanic citizens. Oversaw the complete revision of all policies and procedures as well as the training on these new policies. Managed the department during 20-month period when 50 percent of all sworn personnel left and oversaw the recruitment, hiring and training of all new personnel. The department was cited by the United States Attorney General, the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney of Connecticut for the work and accomplishments while under the federally mandated Consent Decree. There were only 17 communities in the country under a federally mandated Consent Decree; East Haven was the only department to accomplish all their objectives in the proscribed timeline.

Deputy Project Director-Guidepost Solutions, 415 Madison Ave. New York, New York. Oversaw claims related to the Gulf Coast oil spill. (January-March 2011).

Consultant-Strategic-Policy Partnership, West Tisbury, MA. Provide assessment of strength and weaknesses of law enforcement agencies. Current projects: Albany NY Police Department and Marblehead MA Police Department. (2010).

Chief of Police- Stamford Police Department, Stamford, CT. Chief executive of police agency serving a community of 120,000 northeast of New York City. Manage department having 500 employees, of whom 307 are sworn officers, providing full-service policing to
this diverse community, ranked as fourth safest city in the United States with a population
of over 100,000.  Manage a 42-million-dollar budget. Key accomplishments have been implementation of geographic, neighborhood policing, diversification of the workforce, formed and expanded community coalitions, conducted the first community wide citizen survey and development and implemented a strategic plan for policing the city through 2012. (2005-2010).

Town of Westwood, Massachusetts, served as the interim Chief of Police of the Westwood Police Department following resignation of former Chief.  Responsible for the delivery of police services as well as coordinating the search for and selection of a new Chief of Police. 2003.

Individual Consultant. Worked on numerous projects to improve police agencies and increase management accountability. (2002-2004).

Chief of Police-Framingham Police Department Chief Executive of Police Department in this diverse community of 71,000 in Eastern Massachusetts; managed police agency with 200 employees 125 sworn, 46 civilian and 52 auxiliary members.  Administered $8.7 million budget. Developed a community policing initiative, with emphases on youth, schools, domestic abuse, narcotics abuse and citizen participation in policing. Greatly increased police respect among diverse groups of residents.  Managed $6.8 million renovation/reconstruction of new police facility. (1987-2001).

Rose through the ranks of the Framingham Police Department, joining in 1972 and serving as patrol officer, detective, sergeant, and lieutenant until selected as Chief of Police in 1987.  Served in all areas of the department, as well as supervisor of the Juvenile Bureau and as the department’s first Civil Rights Officer. (1972-1987).


Master of Public Administration, Framingham State College, Framingham, MA, 1991.

Bachelor of Science (with Honors) Law Enforcement, Northeastern University, Boston, MA. 1978.


Executive Session on Policing, Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management  Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1991.

Law Enforcement Executive Development (LEED), Federal Bureau of Investigation, Quantico, VA. 1994.

Senior Management Institute for Police (S.M.I.P.), Police Executive Research Forum, Merrimack College, N. Andover, Ma. 1995    

Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Community Policing Working Group, Washington, D.C. 1995.

National Community Oriented Policing Resource Board, Office Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department Of Justice, Washington D.C. 1996; Chicago Ill. 1998.

Board of Trustees, Framingham State College, Framingham, Massachusetts. 1996 to 2001.

Framingham State College, Framingham, MA; Presidential Search Committee 1995.

Panelist and Presenter, Annual Domestic Violence Conference, Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council and Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, 1988 – 1993.

Panelist and Presenter, Advancing Innovation: the Experience of Progressive Police Agencies, C.O.P.S. Office, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2008.

Invited Participant, First Predictive Policing Symposium, National Institute of Justice, Los Angeles, California, November 2009.


Springfield Police Commission, Springfield, Massachusetts; engaged in a review of all aspects of police operations. 1993.

City of Chelsea Office, Massachusetts; Office of the Receiver/Administrator; assisted the Police Department in restructuring operations and adopting the community policing philosophy in this diverse urban community.

Board of Selectmen, Town of Tisbury, Massachusetts; served as the monitor of the Tisbury Police Department for the Board of Selectmen following major review of policing strategies. 2001.

City of Providence, Rhode Island.  Assisted with the development and implementation of a strategy and threat assessment for the Providence School Department and the City of Providence Police Department; 2003 to 2004.

United States Department of Justice, ICITAP program; Technical Assistant to the Nigerian Police Force, Kaduna, Nigeria; worked in the City of Kaduna, a city of 4 million people, to improve the relationship between the community and the Nigerian Police Force. 2004.

Assisted in selection of Chief of Police in the following communities:

  • Town of Northborough, MA; Executive Officer Selection Committee, 1989
  • Town of Holliston, MA; Police Chief Selection Committee, 1990
  • Town of Wellesley, MA; Police Chief Selection Committee, 1991
  • Town of Southbridge, MA; Police Chief Selection Committee, 1992
  • City of Pittsfield, MA; Police Chief Selection Committee, 1994
  • Town of Brookline, MA; Police Chief Selection Committee, 1995
  • Town of Bolton, MA; Police Chief Selection Committee, 1996
  • City of Wakefield MA; Police Chief Assessment, 2003
  • City of Lowell, MA; Deputy Superintendent Assessment, 2008
  • City of Waterbury, CT; Police Chief Selection Board, 2009
  • City of Cambridge, MA; Deputy Superintendent Assessment, 2009


William Welch Medal of Honor; for arrest of two armed robbers in large store filled with holiday shoppers; arrests made without shots being fired.  Awarded by the Framingham Police Department and Board of Selectmen (1978).

Distinguished Chief’s Award; Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut (2008)

Distinguished Chief’s Award, Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut (2015)


  • Volunteer member of the North Naples Accountability Board, State of Florida Juvenile Justice program 2002 to 2005
  • Framingham Police Athletic League (PAL); President
  • Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association-Life Member
  • Connecticut Police Chiefs Association-Life Member
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)-Active Member
  • Florida Chiefs of Police Association-Active Member
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)-Active Member