Lehigh Valley

Police chief becoming county's chief investigator

Roger MacLean retires Friday, starts new job Monday

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Roger MacLean, who retires as Allentown's police chief Friday, has been named chief investigator of the Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center (RIIC) in Allentown.

He starts his new job Monday. He will assist the RIIC's two crime analysts by providing insight into investigations and will act as a liaison to investigators in the field who are conducting criminal investigations.

His retirement from the police department was announced last Friday by Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

MacLean, 61, rose through the ranks from cadet to chief during his 39 year with the police department. He served as chief for eight years.

The RIIC, which is located at 640 Hamilton St., provides a secure web-based portal as the access point that allows Lehigh County police departments to post and search information and analyze and share collected data to solve crimes.

District Attorney James B. Martin said MacLean will be an asset to the RIIC because of his extensive knowledge of not only Allentown, but the Lehigh Valley.

"Because of his long tenure with the Allentown Police Department, Roger brings a historical perspective to the job and institutional knowledge that can only be gained by experience and by knowing the city and its diversity, the surrounding communities, and the developments in law enforcement and technology that are used to fight crime," Martin said.

"Roger has wide experience in all facets of policing and will know what the investigator in the field needs to further an investigation," Martin added. "He is the ideal person for this very important job."

MacLean  welcomes the opportunity to start a second career and to continue working in law enforcement. "My whole career has been spent in the Lehigh Valley," he said. "I think the area has a bright future, and I hope that my contributions to the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center will help to make the community safer.

"I am excited to join the Center at a time when concepts for improving the quality of life are becoming a reality in the Lehigh Valley. The area is constantly changing, and the RIIC is at the forefront of those changes in law enforcement."

MacLean, who was named police chief in 2006, managed a staff of 276 and an operating budget of $30 million.

He is proud of what the police department accomplished during his time as chief. He noted that "Part 1 crimes" are down 26 percent since 2006. Those crimes include homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, arson and motor vehicle theft.

MacLean counts among his accomplishments the rebuilding of the department after retirements of veteran officers in 2005, when the number of officers dropped from 219 to 164.

The department currently has a budgeted compliment of 216 officers.

"We have a vibrant, young department that I think will serve the citizens well," he said.

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