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Deputy Police Chief Michael Nurse

Deputy Chief Michael J. Nurse, who has served with the Sandwich Police Department for more than 30 years, will retire in September.

Lieutenant Jason M. Keene, who has served with the department for more than 25 years, will become the new deputy chief in September, Police Chief Peter N. Wack said this week.

Sandwich Police Detective Michael P. Gumbleton will be promoted to sergeant in September when Deputy Chief Nurse retires and Lieutenant Keene step into the deputy chief position. Interviews will be held to fill the resulting lieutenant rank opening.

“This triple effect is exciting for the rank and file because in a small town department you don’t see upward movement that often,” Chief Wack said in a telephone interview. “I have been fortunate to be surrounded by such bright, capable officers.”

Deputy Chief Nurse, who was the department’s first deputy chief, began his career as a patrolman in May 1987.

He rose through the ranks over the years and held several different positions. He served as a drug abuse resistance education (DARE) officer, an administrative officer, an administrative sergeant, an administrative lieutenant and an operations lieutenant.

Chief Wack said Deputy Chief Nurse’s information technology expertise was invaluable in designing the systems for the new police headquarters on Quaker Meetinghouse Road.

“Everything in the new building works through the technology systems—systems that he designed. His knowledge is beyond belief,” Chief Wack said.

The deputy chief, who served as assistant director of both the Junior and Adult Citizens Police Academy, also modernized technology in the old police headquarters building. He designed the computer-aided dispatch and records management systems, oversaw the installation of the laptop system in police cruisers and upgraded the internal server systems.

He is a graduate of Sandwich High School and Bridgewater State College.

Lt. Keene also began his career as a patrolman after serving in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

As he rose through the ranks of the Sandwich Police Department, he served as a field training officer, patrol supervisor, field training coordinator, taser instructor, firearms instructor, founding member of the department’s honor guard, administrative sergeant and commander of patrol operations.

”He’s a smart gentleman with a good handle on patrol operations,” Chief Wack said of Lt. Keene. “He has handled response operations ranging from bank robbery to sexual assault.”

Lt. Joshua Bound, who joined the department in 2000, will become commander of patrol operations when Lt. Keene becomes deputy chief, Chief Wack said.

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