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Roland Camacho

Chambersburg – Mayor Darren Brown says he will name former York City Police officer Roland Camacho to be the borough’s new chief of police. Chambersburg’s former chief David Arnold resigned on January 4th.

On January 9,  Sergeant. Richard Morrissette assumed the reins as Interim Police Chief, however Sgt. Morrissette made it clear to Council on several occasions that he did not seek the appointment as Police Chief.

Applicants for the position included male and female candidates, applicants were internal and external to the organization, and candidates were from South Central Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

There were three rounds of interviews and examinations including one session where outside Police Chiefs peppered candidates with technical questions and another session where every member of Town Council participated in a Question & Answer period representing their constituents in the hiring process.

In the end, Mayor Darren Brown is set to recommend Mr. Roland Camacho for appointment by Town Council to the position of Police Chief of the Borough of Chambersburg. It is anticipated that Town Council will take a public vote on the Mayor’s recommendation at the Regular Meeting of Town Council on June 27, at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall.

During his years with the York City Police Department, Roland served as a Sergeant, Lieutenant, Detective, SWAT Commander, and Captain. He retired from York as the Operations Captain, second in command, for the York City Police Department. After his
oversees training assignments, he returned stateside where he has been serving as the Patrol Commander of the fifty-man Old Dominion University Police Department until this appointment.

Roland is an Act 120 certified Pennsylvania Police Officer, a trained media liaison, a certified hostage negotiator, and fluent in both Spanish and English. Roland passed an extensive background and security clearance performed by a contractor for the Borough.

“I am thrilled to join the Chambersburg Police Department,” added Mr. Camacho. “The future of law enforcement leadership is having the ability to coach and mentor those under their command. Police executives must also be able to engage and connect with the
communities they serve and their employees. I live by this philosophy every day. I have had a varied and successful career in law enforcement, in particular, policing in an urban and culturally diverse community. I would like to continue this journey leading the fine officers that serve the citizens of Chambersburg.”