Troy swears-in new police chief

February 14, 2018 06:07 PM

Troy now has a new police chief on the job.

Brian Owens is a 20-year veteran of the department and was born and raised in Troy. He takes over for John Tedesco, who retired last month.

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The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Franklin Terrace ballroom. It was a packed house there. Two people were sworn-in. Owens became the chief and Captain Dan DeWolf was sworn-in as assistant chief.

Owens replaces John Tedesco, who recently retired.

Mayor Patrick Madden has the unusual opportunity -- as he said, of replacing the entire leadership tier of the department after a series of retirements.

Chief Owens is taking over a very busy department – with two officer-involved shootings, an attorney general's report that's been critical of the department and two officers indicted just this month.

Owens says he's already thinking of ideas for his force. He says there needs to be an emphasis on community policing. He wants that to spread throughout the department. He also says he wants to build on the community's trust and assures that if there's room for improvement, he will make it.


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