A new chapter has commenced for Bourne Police Lieutenant Jonathan R. MacDougall. To be more accurate, he is now former Police Lieutenant MacDougall. The lieutenant has resigned from the Bourne Police Department to accept a position with the Boston office of the US Department of Homeland Security. His last day with Bourne police was Tuesday, November 5.
Mr. MacDougall said he will be undergoing training in Georgia in the near future. After that he will find out the extent of his responsibilities with Homeland Security, he said.
He added that he will also be staying in Bourne and commuting to Boston for the time being. His job with the federal government “could take me anywhere.”
“Right now, they’re tentative plans, so I would hate to say what’s definite now,” he said.
The 39-year-old is a native of Bourne who graduated from Bourne High School and did his undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There, he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice, he said.
While in college, he did some summer work with the Orleans Police Department, he said. He joined the Bourne Police Department at the age of 26. After joining the force in Bourne, he earned a master’s degree in criminal justice at Curry College in Milton.
Bourne Police Chief Dennis R. Woodside said that Mr. MacDougall rose quickly through the ranks of the department. The chief praised the former lieutenant for his investigative abilities, noting that he did a great job on the department’s investigation into billing improprieties associated with the one-time Hoxie Center.
“We’re sad to lose him,” the chief said, “but we understand his wishes to do other things and we support him.”
Mr. MacDougall said he is excited about the new opportunity ahead of him, but at the same time it is tough to leave the Bourne Police Department.
“It’s been good for me,” he said. “I’ve done well in my career here in Bourne, but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for awhile, so I’m going for it.”