Burlington Police Department Announces Promotion of Capt. Daniel Hanafin and Lt. Matthew Leary

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From left, Deputy Chief Robert Kirchner, Captain Daniel J. Hanafin, Lt. Matthew H. Leary and Chief Thomas P. Browne stand together after the promotion of Captain Hanafin and Lt. Leary. (Photo courtesy of Burlington Police Department)

BURLINGTON — Chief Thomas P. Browne is pleased to announce that the Burlington Police Department promoted Capt. Daniel J. Hanafin and Lt. Matthew H. Leary on Monday, April 25.

Capt. Hanafin and Lt. Leary were selected for promotion following an assessment center that assessed candidates for promotion at a one-day event March 5 at Grandview Farm in Burlington.

Assessment centers are designed to assess candidates’ knowledge, skills and abilities in relation to the assignments they seek. Prior to the start of the assessment center, a job analysis was conducted to determine the qualifications needed for the positions.

The assessment center included various scenarios that placed candidates in leadership positions and had them respond to incidents, career coaching scenarios, command staff role play scenarios, and community meeting simulations.

Candidates with the highest scores from the assessment center were then brought to an interview panel. A final selection was made based on the applicants’ overall performance, as well as work history, performance and experience.

“I am pleased to report that all of the candidates we have assessed and interviewed for promotion have done very well,” said Chief Browne. “We were fortunate to have so many qualified and dedicated candidates.”

Captain Daniel Hanafin

Captain Hanafin, who was promoted to lieutenant, graduated in 1994 from Burlington High School and graduated in 1998 from Boston University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in communications and public affairs.

Captain Hanafin joined the Burlington Police Department in 2005. He was promoted to sergeant in 2011 and lieutenant in 2018, working as a shift supervisor.

Captain Hanafin has been a member of the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council’s Regional Response Team (RRT) since 2011 and also serves as a team leader with the NEMLEC SWAT team. He is also one of the Burlington Police Department’s top use of force and firearms instructors.

Captain Hanafin developed and implemented the Burlington Police Department’s Peer Support Program, leading a team of professionally trained officers who focus on the mental, emotional and physical well-being of all employees of the police.

“Captain. Hanafin is well known in our community, where he and his wife Angela have been active for years,” said Chief Browne. “Dan and his wife Angela are both City Assembly Representatives and are raising their five sons in Burlington. Captain Hanafin will no doubt remain vigilant to keep the best interests of the city and the department at the center of his concerns.

Lieutenant Matthew Leary

Lt. Leary, who was promoted to sergeant, graduated in 1996 from Burlington High School and in 2000 from UMass Amherst, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in sociology. Lt. Leary also earned a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Oklahoma in 2019.

Lt. Leary joined the Burlington Police Department in 2003 and worked as a field training officer, detective, evidence officer and firearms instructor. He was promoted to sergeant in 2014, and in 2018 he was reassigned as a detective sergeant, where he supervised the department’s night shift detectives and served as the department’s liaison with federal partners responsible for law enforcement.

Lt. Leary has served on the NEMLEC RRT and maintains his certification as a Municipal Police Training Board Academy Instructor who specializes in the legal aspects of interviewing, interrogation, criminal investigation and criminal law.

Lt. Leary also serves as civil rights supervisor for the Burlington Police Department, overseeing the investigation of any felony bias allegations in the city and ensuring the department adheres to state bias reporting laws.

“Matt and his wife Molly both grew up in Burlington and now live nearby with their son and daughter,” Chief Browne said. “Matt’s wife works with Burlington Public Schools, and his family has a long-standing interest in the success of the Burlington Police Department and our entire community. I look forward to working with Lieutenant Leary and Captain Hanafin in their new roles.

Both promotions take effect immediately.


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