Richard R. Mello, was appointed to the position of Police Chief for the City of Lebanon,
on December 20, 2015. Chief Mello is a lifelong New Hampshire Police Officer having begun his career with the City of Concord in February 1993. Previously, he worked for the Town of Hollis, NH Police Department as a Lieutenant.
Chief Mello is both a student and a teacher. He is a graduate of Florida State University (Tallahassee) and possesses a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice. During the longevity of his career, he has trained in Management/Leadership and Specialized Police Operations, and taught others in the art of Law Enforcement at Middlesex Community College in Lowell, Massachusetts. He has also served as a guest Lecturer at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.
During his tenure in the Town of Hollis, Mr. Mello instituted programs such as a Mountain Bike Patrol, Patrol Oriented Public Safety Programs, and a call-in/dispatch center where senior citizens who live alone can call in each morning to let the department know that they are safe and well. All of these programs demonstrate a commitment to community oriented policing and community engagement which speak highly to the goals and mission of the Lebanon Police Department.