Matthew J. Pinard, Chief of Police
Chief Pinard was sworn in as the Littleton’s Chief of Police on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.
Chief Pinard is an Ayer native and graduate of Ayer High School. He holds a bachelor of science in law enforcement from Western New England College and is in the process of obtaining his master’s degree from Fitchburg State University.
He began his career with the Ayer Police Department as a reserve officer in 1993. He joined the Townsend Police Department in 1994 as a full-time patrol officer and served as a full-time patrol officer in Ayer before he was hired in Littleton in 2002. He climbed the ranks from patrol officer to detective, sergeant and finally chief of police, succeeding Chief Matthew King, in mid-2018.
Chief Pinard has a son and a daughter and two step-children.
Chief Pinard is a long-time motorcycle enthusiast and is assistant control chief of the NEMLEC Motor Unit, leading an elite motorcycle officers from around the region. He also owns a 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide that he enjoys riding in his spare time with his wife, Laura.
He aims to be a modern and progressive law enforcement leader. He is a strong believer in community policing, police legitimacy, restorative justice and alternate approaches to serving members of the community suffering from substance use disorders and mental illness.
Since taking office in June 2018, Chief Pinard has already implemented a number of new initiatives including Littleton’s first emergency medical dispatch program, training 911 call takers to directly instruct residents who call for help during a medical emergency to take action during the minutes before help arrives.
Chief Pinard is proud to lead a highly-educated and well-trained group of men and women in the Littleton Police Department, and he has an open door policy for all employees, residents and business owners and is always willing to listen to suggestions and take feedback that will make Littleton a safer and better community for all.