New chief of campus police announced

Labonte named new chief

SALEM, Mass. (June 12, 2012) – Salem State University has hired Gene Labonte, formerly of Deep River, Conn., as its new chief of campus police. A 1989 alumnus of the university, Labonte returns to Salem State after serving 22 years with the Connecticut State Police, most recently as lieutenant colonel.

“It is visible to me that the institution is on a forward track and I am eager to be a part of it,” he said.

Labonte’s background includes extensive experience in community/cooperative policing strategies and programs, intelligence led policing, criminal investigations and law enforcement management support. “I look forward to the opportunity to put my depth of experience to use to further enhance the Salem State University Police Department and work in partnership with students, faculty and staff to provide for the overall safety of the Salem State community.” 

Labonte brings training in the FBI National Academy to the 10,000-student Salem State campus and his background includes extensive experience in the National Incident Management System, emergency planning and numerous state and federal agencies. 

He holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice administration from Salem State University and a master of science in organizational management from Eastern Connecticut State University. 

Labonte will take over from interim chief Robert St. Pierre. Retired from the Salem Police Department, St. Pierre is also a Salem State alumnus, having earned a degree in social services in 1976.