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Smith promoted to WL police captain
WINDSOR LOCKS — Effective Wednesday, the Police Department has a new captain in place, taking the job of recently retired Capt. Chester DeGray.
The new captain is Clifford Smith, formerly a lieutenant on the force and a 32-year veteran officer who joined the town department in 2004 after 20 years with Hartford police.
In his new role, Smith, 52, a 2015 graduate of the FBI National Academy, becomes the department’s second in command. He will be focusing on administrative tasks, including technology, radio systems, policies and procedures, and community relations.
Smith’s annual salary as captain is $95,000.
“He comes with over 30 years of diverse police experience and will be a great asset as captain,” Chief Eric Osanitsch said. “He has a stellar reputation and work ethic, along with a constant desire to do what’s right for the citizens of Windsor Locks, and Smith will ensure that as an agency we continue the positive progress made over the past few years.”
Smith said today that he’s looking forward to his new venture.
“One of my goals is to provide community services and keep the department connected with the community,” he said.
The Police Commission on Monday promoted Smith based on his training, experience, and professional references, as well as his service record with both departments.
In Windsor Locks he began as a patrol officer and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2009 and lieutenant in 2013.
In Hartford Smith served as commander of the detective bureau in the Youth Services Division, supervisor of major crimes detectives, the field service division, and various patrol commands. He also was community service officer and coordinator of the Police Athletic League and involved in the Hartford Police Explorer program.
“The commission believes Clifford Smith to be an excellent choice,” Commission Chairman Michael Hannaford said. “We are certain he will serve the community of Windsor Locks at the highest level of commitment and professionalism.”
DeGray left the force on Sept. 5 after 16 years in Windsor Locks, following 18 years with Suffield police.
To the residents and business owners of the Town of Windsor Locks.
The Windsor Locks Police Union, I.B.P.O Local #523 is currently conducting a fundraising event.
Letters have been mailed to all local residents and businesses requesting a donation to the WLPD Union.
ÂÂ During the course of the year, the Windsor Locks Police Union supports our schools and students along with many local organizations.
We currently support the following organizations, the Windsor Locks Little League, the Windsor Locks High School “Project Graduation”, WLHS Shattered Dreams, the Nutmeg Music Festival,
The Windsor Locks Lions Club, the Windsor Locks Legion Baseball Team, The Officer Joseph O’Brien Scholarship, and the WLMS DARE Program, just to name a few.
We do not use the services of paid solicitors, therefore the mailer that you receive at your home or business is the only request you will receive from our organization and there will be NO PHONE SOLICITATIONS.
If you are interested in donating to our cause, please use the enclosed envelope to pay by check, or money order. All donations should be mailed to the Windsor Locks Police Union 4 Volunteer Drive Windsor Locks, CT 06096.
ÂÂ Our major donation that we would like to make is to the Windsor Locks High School Athletic Department. Back in 2001, a severe storm knocked over and destroyed the press box at the football field that was originally built by an Eagle Scout from the Town of Windsor Locks.
Since then, games have been called, reported, filmed on the sidelines, outside in the elements of mother nature without any cover from wind, rain etc.
ÂÂ We would like to donate the cost of the materials to build a new press box which will accommodate our staff’s needs.
This building will hopefully last for many years to enjoy as well as being a building that was constructed with the assistance of our community and my fellow brother and sister officers of the Windsor Locks Police Department. ÂÂ
ÂÂ We thank you in advance for your continued support;
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