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Meet Chief of Police Richard Boyle

​Boyle was sworn in on May 26th as the City of Galveston Police Department Chief of Police. Chief Boyle is a native to the region, having started his law enforcement career with GPD as a Patrol Officer and progressing to the rank of Captain.  He served the Galveston community for twenty-two years and has once again returned to Galveston Island to serve you!

Chief Boyle has over thirty-five years of experience in the law enforcement field including civil service and collective bargaining, management of civilian staff, and specialized leadership of SWAT, Dive/Maritime Operations, and special event management.

Chief Boyle earned his B.S. in Law Enforcement and Corrections from Pennsylvania State University and continues to hold his Master Peace Officer Certification.  He is also a graduate from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, a professional development course for US and international law enforcement leaders that is by invitation only.

Protect and Serve

In Galveston and in many communities, families measure their quality of life by available jobs, strong schools, and personal security. GPD's community relations programs address the latter. National research shows that when residents have an increased comfort level with police officers, they feel safer in their homes and in their communities. They are more likely to communicate and collaborate with officers over mutual concerns, and they feel empowered to solve neighborhood issues. Knowing a police officer is a factor in whether or not a person follows simple crime reduction recommendations such as locking the car and house and providing sufficient outside lighting.

Increasing the comfort level of citizens with officers – who represent authority figures – is a step toward engaging citizens and police in a more cooperative effort to deal with neighborhood issues. The ultimate goal is to reduce the actual incidence of crime and to increase a feeling of neighborhood security and well being.

GPD Chief of Police Richard Boyle at May 26th City Council meeting.

Richard "Rick" Boyle

Chief of Police

Contact Us

  1. Galveston Police Department

    Office of the Chief of Police
    (409) 765-3790

    Phone: (409) 765-3702

    Animal Control

    Phone: (409) 765-3702

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