Edward “Dwain” Denmark has been the Chief of Police in Harvard, Massachusetts for the past thirteen years. Prior to that, he served as the chief of the Sterling, Massachusetts Police Department and rose through the ranks of the Ayer, Massachusetts Police Department attaining the rank of lieutenant.
In addition to his twenty-six years in policing, Chief Denmark has worked nationally and internationally as an instructor, trainer, and advisor offering expertise on numerous law enforcement topics and community issues. As a contract instructor for the U.S. Department of State’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, he traveled to Niger, Philipines, Morocco, Bahrain, Cameroon, and Colombia to facilitate “Combating Domestic and Trans-National Terrorism”, “Police Leader’s Role in Combating Terrorism”, and “Integrating Counter Terrorism Strategies on the National Level” courses. He also had the opportunity to travel twice to Ukraine as an advisor on domestic violence issues and to conduct training for police, law students and physicians on the subject. The presentation of his writing on Post-Soviet Ukranian Policing earned Chief Denmark the Fitchburg State Criminal Justice Achievement Award.
Domestically, Chief Denmark spent the last year teaching Fair and Impartial Policing/Procedural Justice” through the Municipal Police Training Committee in Massachusetts, reaching approximately 400 officers statewide.
Chief Denmark earned a Doctor of Arts in Leadership Studies from Franklin Pierce University and also holds a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Fitchburg State University, and a B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.
Chief Denmark understands the importance of Indigenous Rights globally and has volunteered his time to consult on The Indigenous Connection Project.