Ralph Buddy Gould

Chief of Campus Police

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The new chief of police brings nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience to the job, from his initial police work as a community service officer in the town of Amherst (1983-1985) to his time at HCC. He has been a part-time police officer in Belchertown (1987-1991), a campus police officer at Amherst College (1988-1991), and an officer and sergeant for the Hadley Police Department (1985-2006). Gould has served as the director of public safety at Holyoke Community College (HCC) since 2006; Gould, who grew up in Amherst, earned an associate’s degree from Greenfield Community College in 1998, a bachelor’s degree from Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, in 2005, and a master of science degree from New Charter University in San Francisco in 2012—all in criminal justice.

He is certified in a wide variety of police operations and training, including the management of critical incidents for higher education by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). Since 2009, he has also been an instructor in the IACLEA’s multidisciplinary training program on the management of critical incidents at colleges and universities; the program emphasizes coordinated collaboration in both crisis preparation and crisis response between colleges and the local community police and fire departments and other area emergency agencies. The program is certified by FEMA, and Gould is one of just eight people certified to teach an executive overview of the course to the senior staff of any college or university.

He also brings significant expertise in disaster and emergency planning and management, as well as in the training and development of police officers.  As a lifelong resident of the Pioneer Valley, he has worked closely with the public safety and police agencies of Amherst, Hadley, Northampton, and South Hadley, as well as the State Police.