On February 1, 2013 Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan announced the promotion of Lieutenant Detective Robert Fitzsimmons to the rank of Deputy Chief. In a ceremony held at Transit Police HQ Chief MacMillan administered the Oath of Office and swore in Deputy Fitzsimmons in front of family, friends and colleagues. Deputy Chief Fitzsimmons is a 27 year veteran of the Transit Police and has served the department in numerous positions and capacities. In his most recent assignment, Deputy Chief Fitzsimmons commanded the Professional Standards Unit and ensured TPD's compliance with rigorous Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies standards. Under Deputy Chief Fitzsimmons oversight the Transit Police is a state and nationally accredited police department. Deputy Chief Fitzsimmons holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College and a Law Degree from New England School of Law. Additionally, Deputy Chief Fitzsimmons is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy; NA Class 251. Effective February 2, 2013 Deputy Chief Fitzsimmons will assume command of the Administrative Services Division, a position previously held by Deputy Chief Donald O'Connor.
Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan commented " years ago at the Transit Police Department, unfortunately, there was little or no expectation that one could be promoted to the highest levels of the department. We have worked hard to change that process and today,once again, I'm proud to say we promote from within. Deputy Chief Fitzsimmons has the education, work ethic, dedication and commitment that is worthy of this promotion. He has a clear understanding of the mission of the Transit Police but just as important he has a clear understanding how to implement that mission, through communication, collaboration and partnerships that are the hallmark of a professional police organization ".