January 17, 2021

Introducing Police Chief Dean Isabella

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Dean Isabella has settled into his role as Seekonk’s Police Chief. Isabella, 58, was appointed by the Board of Selectmen at their November 18 meeting. His first day was December 2. “The transition period has been as smooth as I could have hoped for,” Isabella said. “The community has been fantastic. They’re extremely proud of their officers.”

Isabella worked for the Department of Children, Youth, and Families in Rhode Island as assistant director of Child Services, overseeing the Child Protective Services unit that investigates child abuse. Isabella had been a member of the Providence Police Department since 1987 and retired as a captain in 2019. “It was a great career”, Isabella noted. “I really enjoyed my time there.”

“I always knew I wanted to be a police officer,” Isabella said. “I grew up in a pretty tough neighborhood. I was raised by a single mom. I had three brothers and three sisters. My Mom was working two and three jobs to put food on the table and a roof over our heads. We grew up in one of the tougher parts of the city so I really appreciated the safety that I got from the police officers who patrolled the area.”

Isabella obtained a Bachelors degree at Roger Williams University and a Masters degree from Boston University. Isabella calls himself a “team builder.” “I believe no organization moves forward without a buy-in from the people who actually make up the organization every day,” Isabella continued. “I really believe in building coalitions to get things done.

Isabella’s goals include strengthening the bond between the police department and the community as well as providing professional development training for his officers. “I think getting quality police officers who want the job for the right reasons and retaining them through difficult times is one of the biggest challenges that faces law enforcement around the country,” Isabella added. “I’d like to see us build our capacity to serve the community in the highest standards possible.”

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