The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Sommerville, New Jersey has hired a former police captain as its first director of security. The role will oversee safety and security measures for the parish and its two parochial schools, Immaculate Conception School and Immaculata High School.

Between his service in the Marine Corps Military Police and his time in the Summit Police Department, where he served as the operations division commander and the security liaison to the city’s businesses, houses of worship, and 12 private and public schools, Ret. Captain Rick Proctor has more than 27 collective years of experience in law enforcement.

While with Summit Police Department, Proctor served as the active shooter training instructor and held a leadership position on the Union County Emergency Response Team (UCERT), in the area of civil disturbance response tactics. He also served as both the DARE/community services supervisor, and as the city’s juvenile detective. Additionally, through his security firm, VIAT Consulting, he has conducted countless site security assessments for schools, businesses and houses of worship and has led presentations at conferences around the country, including the Tri-State (NJ, NY, CT) Conference for Heads of School.