NEW HAVEN POLICE NAME NEW ASSISTANT CHIEF
(8/22/2008) NEW HAVEN- At a news conference in City Hall today, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. introduced Roy Brown as a new Assistant Chief of the New Haven Department of Police Services. With 37 years of experience in law enforcement, Brown comes to New Haven with much energy and vision to contribute toward building a stronger department. Brown came out of a one-year retirement to accept the Assistant Chief position in New Haven.
Last fall, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) presented a report to New Haven with recommendations for improving the force and its service to the community. One of the priority recommendations included establishing two Assistant Chief positions in addition to the two that were already in place. Stephanie Redding, who served as Interim Chief after Francisco Ortiz left office in April until the arrival of James Lewis in June, will continue to hold one Assistant Chief Position. Brown’s hire leaves two more Assistant Chief vacancies to be filled. The interview process continues with both internal and external candidates for the remaining two positions.
Brown, who is 62-years-old, served as Chief of police in Claremont, Calif. from 2000-2006. Previously, Brown also served with the Vancouver, Wash. and Eugene, Ore. Police Departments. He is a graduate of the University of Portland where, in 1979, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice. Brown also graduated from the FBI National Academy and the Washington State Command College where he expanded his skills and knowledge in the areas of policing and public safety.
Brown will assume his position beginning Monday, August 25th. Along with his wife Cheryl, Brown, who has resided in the West Coast his whole life, will now reside in New Haven. Their four children and five grandchildren reside in Washington State and Colorado.
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