For Immediate Release - August 16, 2012


30-year MSP veteran continues a legacy of leadership

Timothy Alben Ceremonial Swearing-In
Governor Patrick applauds Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Alben as he is sworn is as Superintendent and Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police. (Photo Credit: Eric Haynes / Governor's Office) View additional photos.

WESTFIELD – Thursday, August 16, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and law enforcement officials for a ceremonial swearing-in of Lieutenant Colonel Timothy P. Alben as Superintendent and Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP). A 30-year law enforcement veteran, Alben previously commanded and managed the Division of Field Services, the largest organizational entity in the MSP with 1,550 sworn members.

“Superintendent Alben brings broad leadership experience and deep professional and personal integrity to his new role,” said Governor Patrick. “Tim’s commitment to public service and natural enthusiasm leaves the nation’s oldest law enforcement agency in good hands.”

"It is with a great sense of pride and humility that I accept this honor of becoming the next Colonel/Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police. I am grateful to Governor Patrick for the confidence he has expressed in my ability to lead this great organization,” said Superintendent Alben. “The Massachusetts State Police has a long and rich history of public service to the citizens of this Commonwealth. As Colonel, I pledge to bring the same level of enthusiasm and commitment to public safety that I have brought with me each and every day for the last nearly thirty years of my service. I am honored beyond words."

“We are building a stronger and safer Commonwealth because of the service and dedication of our men and women who serve in the Massachusetts State Police,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray.  “As Superintendent and Colonel, Tim Alben brings a wealth of experience and leadership to MSP, and will be a valuable asset as we work towards protecting the communities and citizens of Massachusetts.”

"Colonel Alben has a wealth of knowledge to accompany his 30 plus years of experience. He's the leader the Massachusetts State Police needs in these challenging times to maintain the tradition of excellence the citizens of the Commonwealth have grown to expect," said Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan.

Alben’s three-decade long career with the MSP began at the rank of Trooper in 1983. He has served as an investigator in the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office and managed the MSP Western Massachusetts Organized Crime Unit. In 2004, he assumed the role of Executive Officer for Tactical Operations and became responsible for overseeing significant public events including the annual Boston Fourth of July Esplanade Celebration, Boston Marathon and 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was promoted to Major in the Tactical Operations Unit in 2007, and commanded over 200 department members assigned to 11 statewide units. In his previous role, Alben served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Division of Field Services since 2010 and managed the emergency response of MSP personnel and assets to Western Massachusetts following last year’s hurricane, tornadoes and October snowstorm.

The Massachusetts State Police was created in 1865. Today, it is comprised of 2,300 highly trained, sworn officers dedicated to serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.


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