Police veteran receives promotion

Dean Rickard, a 26-year Maui Police Department veteran, has been promoted to assistant chief of the Support Services Bureau.

He is responsible for police administrative support and internal control functions, including the Technical Services Division and Communications, Community Relations and Plans, Training, Research and Development sections and Information Technology Technical Support Unit.

Rickard graduated from Chadron State College in Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He began his police career in 1987 and worked as an officer in the Lahaina Patrol District and Crime Reduction Unit in 1988.

In 1994, he was assigned to the Vice Division, narcotics section. In 1999, he was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the receiving desk, Wailuku Patrol District, Criminal Investigation Division and Criminal Intelligence Unit.

In 2006, he was promoted to lieutenant and was commander of the Plans, Training and Development Section. In 2009, he was promoted to captain and assigned as commander of the Molokai and Wailuku patrol districts and Criminal Investigation Division.

Rickard graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2012.

He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children – daughters Tekiri and Teani, and son Teanu.

His promotion took effect Jan. 16.