Colonel Timothy P. Alben
Massachusetts State Police
Colonel Timothy P. Alben was appointed to the Massachusetts State Police 65th Recruit Training Troop on December 6, 1982. Upon graduation from the State Police Academy on May 7, 1983, he was assigned to Troop B in Western Massachusetts where he spent the next four years assigned to the Shelburne Falls and Northampton Barracks. In 1987, Alben was transferred to the Office of the Hampden County District Attorney where he investigated homicides, unattended deaths, child abuse, violent and white collar crimes.
In 1990 he was transferred to the Special Service Section, Organized Crime Unit where he was subsequently promoted to Sergeant and then Lieutenant while coordinating investigations of illegal gaming, racketeering and extortion associated with the Genovese Crime Family in the Greater Springfield area for the next 13 years. Upon promotion to Captain in 2004, Alben was assigned back to the Division of Field Services and the Tactical Operations Section at General headquarters, Framingham where he directed security and crowd control for the 2004 Democratic National Convention as well as assuming leadership in most department Homeland Security related events.
In 2007, Alben was promoted to Major and spent the next eight months as Deputy Division Commander of Standards & Training before returning to Command the Tactical Operations Section in 2008. On January 10, 2010, Alben was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and Commander of the Division of Field Services where he directed the largest State Police organizational entity with some 1,500 uniformed Troopers and 39 facilities statewide. On July 13, 2012, Governor Deval Patrick appointed Alben to the position of Colonel/Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.
Colonel Alben has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University; a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England University; and a Master’s Degree in Security Studies (Homeland Defense and Security) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Colonel Alben is a graduate of the 208th Session of the FBI National Academy and a graduate of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Colonel Alben resides in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts with his wife, Maryann and has three grown children - Jennifer, Caitlin and Tim Jr.