Chief Alberti's law enforcement experience includes a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Springfield, MA, he holds and maintains an FBI Top Secret Clearance for Counter Terrorism and International Terrorism investigations. He's participated in investigations involving domestic terrorism, international terrorism and home grown violent extremists. These investigations have led to the arrests and prevented harm to our nation and citizens.
As a Detective, Chief Alberti was also a member of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force and the FBI's Western Massachusetts Gang Task Force (GTF) in Springfield, MA. As a Task Force Officer, Chief Alberti investigated both domestic and international complex narcotics conspiracy cases, pharmaceutical diversion, money laundering, extortion, gangs and organized crime. In addition, he authored numerous federal and state wiretap affidavits, authored and executed countless federal and state search warrants resulting in the seizures of: firearms, vehicles, real estate property, narcotics including dozens of kilograms of heroin and cocaine and over 2 million dollars in U.S. Currency from large scale international drug trafficking organizations.
Chief Robert Alberti has continued to serve the Easthampton Police Department since 2000 when he began his career in Easthampton as a Special Police Officer. He was appointed a full-time Patrolman in 2002 and in 2005, Captain Alberti attained the rank of Detective - a position he held for approximately eight years. In 2013, Chief Alberti was promoted to the rank of Captain, the department's second-in-command, and in 2016 was promoted to the rank of Chief.
The Chief has administrative control of the Police Department for the City of Easthampton. The Chief's responsibilities include:
- Supervision of the daily operation of the Police Department
- Supervision of all departmental personnel
- Preparation and submission of the Police Department budget
- Submission of reports to the City either orally or in writing when requested or required in order to ensure the proper communication between the City and the Police Department
- Being responsible for all departmental expenditures, as well as the receipt of funds and property in the custody of the Department
- Supervision and control of all Department equipment and motor vehicles belonging to or used by the Police Department
- Establishing weapons, ammunition, uniforms, equipment and vehicle specifications for the Police Department
- Being in charge of all special, auxiliary and/or reserve police officers, if any
- Supervision and control of all training programs for department personnel and the assignment of personnel to such programs
- Maintaining the discipline of department personnel; the issuing of orders, rules, regulations, policies and procedures; and the assignment to shifts and duties of all departmental personnel
- Being available for hearings before any Board of the City at which the Police Department is required to appear and before the City Council when necessary
- Being responsible for planning, organizing, directing, staffing and coordinating police operations, including so-called "paid details," mutual aid, regional task force or similar enforcement efforts, and coordination with other Law Enforcement partners where the Chief deems it appropriate
- Being responsible for communications with the public and the community, including the media, on matters related to crime, police operations and department policy
- Ensuring that the public trust with the Police Department is not breached and continuously working towards improving community relations