The Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week Somerville Police Chief David Fallon

Born and raised in Somerville, Fallon joined the Somerville Police Department in 1998 as a patrolman.
A graduate of Somerville High School whose parents still live in the city, Fallon rose through the ranks to sergeant, lieutenant, captain, deputy chief and eventually chief. He has also served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring at the rank of master sergeant, and holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Western New England College, a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from University of Massachusetts-Boston, and an associate degree in applied science from Community College of the Air Force.
Fallon’s accomplishments in Somerville include the implementation of the Police Department’s Smart Policing Grant, which reduces crime and repeat offenders by using data analysis to inform an evidence-based and problem-oriented policing model. The program is part of the only regional smart policing initiative in the country, in partnership with Cambridge and Everett. He also led the Somerville Police Department’s pilot of one of the first juvenile jail diversion programs in the country, in conjunction with the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, steering juvenile offenders away from the criminal justice system and towards lives of achievement and opportunity, which likewise reduces repeat offenders.

We here at the Somerville News Weekly salute you for everything that you do to make Somerville a better place.


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