Former Allentown Police Chief Roger MacLean has been named Chief Investigator of the Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center, based in Allentown.
MacLean, 61, served 39 years with the Allentown Police Department, retiring early this month. He starts his new jobMonday, Sept. 16.
MacLean will assist the center's crime analysts and act as a liaison to investigators.
The regional center, which opened in September 2012, allows the 17 police departments in Lehigh County and four of the departments in Northampton County—Walnutport, North Catasauqua, Northampton and Bethlehem—to share information, including descriptions of suspects, cars and guns used in crimes, through a web-based portal. It aims to "revolutionize" the way police departments analyze and share data to solve crimes.
District Attorney James B. Martin said MacLean will be an asset to the center because of his extensive knowledge of the Lehigh Valley.
"Roger brings a historical perspective to the job and institutional knowledge that can only be gained by experience and by knowing the city and its diversity, the surrounding communities, and the developments in law enforcement and technology that are used to fight crime,” Martin said in a prepared release.
The center is located at 640 Hamilton St., Allentown