Chief Ralph W. LeBlanc has been a resident of Westminster since 1985. He attended Oakmont Regional High School, Mount Wachusett Community College, and Anna Maria College. At Anna Maria he earned a Masters degree in Criminal Justice. He has also furthered his training and education throughout his career, attending numerous administrative and development trainings. Chief LeBlanc began his career with the Westminster Police Department in 1993, first as a college intern and then a part-time officer and dispatcher. In 1995 he was appointed as a full-time patrol officer. He was part of the school resource officers, was a Field Training Officer, a Detective, a Sergeant, a Lieutenant and was appointed as Acting Chief in September of 2020. On March 8, 2021 Ralph LeBlanc was sworn in as the towns permanent Chief of Police.
Chief LeBlanc has a strong commitment to professional and progressive policing strategies. As an administrator he has implemented a number of new programs to strengthen the quality of the services that WPD provides to the town. These include increasing the hiring standards and in-depth background checks of all new police personnel. Building a strong relationship between the schools and public safety. Providing proper training and career growth opportunities for officers of the department. Organizing and assisting officers of the department to receive assistance with the social, emotional and mental health, to support their quality of life, both on and off duty.
Chief LeBlanc is a member of the Central Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He also is the committee chair on the Westminster Parks and Recreation board and a member of the Economic Development Committee.
Chief LeBlanc also enjoys teaching and has worked with the schools over the years assisting in the class room with forensics and life skills lessons. He has been an active member of youth sports and continues coaching youth baseball. He believes that the police department should be active in the betterment of the community.
Chief LeBlanc is strongly committed to the Town of Westminster, its police officers, and its citizens. He looks forward to continuing to support the members of the Westminster Police Department by providing quality training, quality equipment, and effective supervision and management, so that they can best serve members of the community.