Chief of Police

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Chief Gary MacNamara

B.S. Law Enforcement Science - University of New Haven, Connecticut

Masters Degree in Public Administration - University of New Haven, Connecticut

Chief MacNamara began his career with the Fairfield Police Department as a patrol officer in 1988.  He continued on to serve as a Field Training Officer and was temporarily assigned to an Auto Theft Task Force. He has served the department as a Detective, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. Prior to being sworn in as Chief, MacNamara served as the Deputy Chief with duties which included overseeing the Field Services Division. In the past he has overseen the Emergency Response Team, Hostage Negotiators, Training Unit, Internal Affairs, Accreditation and Public Information.

In 2002, he was the lead negotiator at Fairfield University where he successfully negotiated the release of 27 students and a professor held hostage on the campus, by a subject claiming to possess an explosive device. That same year, 2002, MacNamara was a Fairfield County Hero Award nominee for courage, dedication and commitment to Public service, and Police officer of the year for the Bridgeport Exchange Club.

Chief MacNamara has taught in the area of Critical Incident Response, as well as Interview and Interrogation techniques, auto theft, internet safety for both children and parents as well as in the areas of school violence and hostage negotiations, sharing his experiences during the University incident. MacNamara is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy (219), as well as a 2009 graduate of the FBI LEEDS Session #61. He is also an adjunct professor at POST University.

He was also a former journalist for the Justice Journal where he wrote a monthly column called "What if. ", and has appeared as the co-host of a local public access television series “Just the facts”. He has also appeared on the NBC Today Show, Geraldo Show, MSNBC Live, Dateline NBC and the Line-up on Fox News.