University of Massachusetts police chief promotes longtime officer to deputy
AMHERST — An 18-year veteran of the University of Massachusetts police department will begin serving as the deputy chief of operations Sunday.
Detective Lt. Ian Cyr was appointed to the position after a search that included interviews with members of the campus and law enforcement professionals.
“He possesses a unique combination of education, training and experience that will afford him the opportunity to succeed as the department’s deputy chief of operations,” Police Chief John Horvath said in a statement.
In his new role, Cyr will manage the patrol unit and oversee specialized units that include foot patrols, mounted police and K9 units, as well as the bicycle, motorcycle, traffic and tactical units.
Cyr will supervise the detective bureau and investigations of serious crimes, provide responses to high-risk incidents and highly sensitive situations, and serve as a liaison between UMass police and local, state and federal agencies.
The appointment brings the department back to a structure with two deputy chiefs, one in charge of operations and the other in charge of administration, which began in 2007 when Johnny Whitehead was hired as deputy of operations by former Police Chief Barbara O’Connor. The idea was that the growing workload for the department and the expanding campus required that structure.
When Whitehead was promoted to chief in April 2009 after O’Connor’s departure, Patrick Archbald, deputy chief for administration, was left as the only deputy chief.
Cyr began working for UMass police in 1995. He was promoted to sergeant in 2001 and was named a lieutenant in 2007.
Cyr holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Westfield State College. He is a 2008 graduate of the FBI National Academy Session No. 234 in Quantico, Va.
Other work he has done includes being the department’s defensive tactics training coordinator, a defensive tactics instructor at the Municipal Police Training Academy in Springfield, co-coordinator of emergency preparedness and co-creator of the Department’s Active Threat Program. Earlier this year, he led a training for school officials throughout the area following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Cyr also developed a Citizens Police Academy program to give community members insight into UMass police operations.