Another new face at the PD

  • Nick Roy, 36, of Marlborough has taken over as the new administrative assistant of the Rindge Police Department.
  • Nick Roy, 36, of Marlborough has taken over as the new administrative assistant of the Rindge Police Department.

RINDGE — Those who walk into the Rindge Police Department will be seeing a new face greeting them at the front desk. The department is still waiting on its new Chief of Police, Todd Muilenberg, who is expected to step into the job on Sept. 22, but on the administrative side of the fence, a decision has been made. Nick Roy started in the position of records manager at the beginning of August.

Roy will be working full time for the department, at a salary of $36,000 per year plus benefits, according to Town Administrator Jane Pitt. Roy stepped in on Aug. 4 to fill the position left empty by the department’s office manager, Evelyn Lewis. When Lewis left the job, she was also working full-time and earning a salary of $38,500 per year plus benefits, according to Pitt.

During an interview at the police station Tuesday, Roy said his role in the department will be slightly different than his predecessor’s. Lewis was the department’s office manager. Roy’s position will be a records manager. While he will still answer radio and phone calls and filing in a similar manner to Lewis, he will also be creating a system that allows for more crime analysis.

Roy, 36, of Marlborough, earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2000 and is currently halfway through an online master’s degree program in the same major through Boston University.

Roy said he has long had an interest in criminal justice and first considered pursuing a career as a police officer, inspired by an uncle who was in law enforcement.

“I always have been,” said Roy, when asked how long he’s been interested in criminal justice. “Police work has always been interesting to me. I’ve done ride-alongs in the past, and the law’s always been a fascinating topic to me.”

His plans to become an officer were derailed when he became a father, he said, and that’s when he began to look at the wider field of ways to contribute to law enforcement.

Before coming onto the Rindge Police Department, Roy worked part time in the Keene State College film department doing inventory — Roy earned a bachelor’s degree in film production from Keene State in 2005 — and also served as a dispatcher at the Cheshire County Sheriff’s office. While working in Rindge, Roy said, he will also be maintaining a part-time dispatcher position, .

An interest of Roy’s is crime analysis and intelligence, which uses police data and records to identify crime patterns, trends, and linkages between individual offenders or organized groups. Roy has recently become involved with the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts as well as a national criminal analyst group, and hopes to bring those experiences to his work in the Rindge department.

One of the aspects of his new position that he’s looking forward to the most, said Roy, is the opportunity to delve thoroughly into specific information at a level that hasn’t been possible in his previous positions.

“Here, I can make sure everything is addressed as thoroughly as it needs to be.”

Roy said he had been looking forward to the naming of the town’s new police chief. The intent of his position is to work closely with the chief, he said, so he hopes to be able to build a good relationship from the ground up.

“I hope to be able to work to get everything efficient and streamlined for him and for the town,” said Roy.

Roy said that between two jobs and pursuing his master’s degree, he does not have much time for leisure activities, but enjoys being a single dad to his two children.

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