GREENFIELD – A veteran of the Greenfield Police Department with nearly two decades of experience on the force has been chosen to serve as the agency’s assistant chief of police.

Maj. Matt Holland has been appointed the department’s second-in-command, helping oversee the city’s force of 42 officers.

He fills a void left behind by Derek Towle, the department’s former assistant chief, who retired in May after 27 years in uniform.

Holland, a New Palestine resident, said he is thankful for the chance to take on the new role to lead a department he’s devoted his career to.

Holland has worked for the Greenfield Police Department for nearly 19 years. Most recently, he oversaw the first shift of patrol officers who take to the city’s streets each morning. He has served on the county’s SWAT team and previously worked as one of Greenfield’s narcotics detectives. He is also a member of the local police honor guard.

Last year, Holland attended the elite FBI National Academy, a 10-week training program coordinated by the nation’s top investigators in Quantico, Virginia. The invitation-only program has long been seen as one of the top officer training courses in the nation, with fewer than 1 percent of law enforcement officers worldwide attending.

Greenfield Police Chief Jeff Rasche said Holland was chosen from a pool of nine hopefuls by a hiring board made up of city officials and members of law enforcement from around central Indiana. Rasche said Holland stood out as a passionate leader, who is eager to look for ways to improve the department and its relationship with the community, he said.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.