George McNeil

Chief George McNeil (Ret.)



Chief George McNeil is a lifetime law enforcement professional with 37 years of experience. Having graduated first in his police academy class, and subsequently working his way through the ranks of the Randolph Police Department, he was appointed as Chief of the Somerset Police Department in 2014, where he proudly led the department until his retirement in 2021.

During his time at the helm of the Somerset Police Department, McNeil was known for leading one of the most progressive police departments in the state, implementing several community policing initiatives and modern policies and procedures, as well as improving the department’s technology and equipment. Through his effective use of social media platforms like Facebook and NextDoor, he built a large audience of followers within the community and beyond that he used to engage with residents in a positive manner.

Holding a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science, McNeil was an esteemed adjunct professor at Bridgewater State University for 11 years. During his tenure at BSU he taught a variety of courses including police, community and society, introduction to criminal justice, criminal law, crime theory and corrections. Many of his students have gone on to become police officers, federal agents and attorneys. McNeil also has extensive experience training members of law enforcement, both recruits and veterans, on a number of topics at police academies throughout Massachusetts.

Chief McNeil continues to be engaged with the law enforcement profession working with the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission. His role with MPAC is that of an Assessment Facilitator; overseeing assessments of Massachusetts police departments who are seeking certification and ultimately accreditation.