Scotia's new police chief already very familiar with community

Daniel Harrigan is sworn in as Scotia's new police chief. Daniel Harrigan is sworn in as Scotia's new police chief. | Photo: Scotia Police Department.

October 10, 2019 02:58 PM

SCOTIA - Dan Harrigan was sworn in as the village of Scotia's tenth police chief Wednesday night.

Harrigan moved to Scotia in the fifth grade, and graduated from Scotia-Glenville High School in 1998. 


He studied Criminal Justice at SCCC, and in 2004 was first hired as a police officer in the village under former Chief John Pytlovany. 

Harrigan transferred to the Schenectady Police Department in 2006, where he served the citizens of Schenectady until 2011, when he returned to his beloved Scotia PD and community. 

In January of 2015, Harrigan was promoted to Sergeant of the force. 

In addition, Sgt. Harrigan has been in charge of investigations, Regional Field Intelligence Officer for Schenectady County, community police officer, served on the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, field training officer, firearms instructor, as well as evidence technician. 

Harrigan told NewsChannel 13, "I'm grateful to the Mayor and the village trustees for giving me this opportunity to serve. I'm also grateful to have the support of the men and women I've served side by side with here in Scotia as well as the overwhelming support of this community. I look forward to continuing the strong relationship this department has with the wonderful people of Scotia."

Harrigan is married with four children.

He shared his long and short term goals for the department with NewsChannel 13:

Short-term goals for the department:

Working with the village leadership on what the police department can do to improve the quality of life for Scotia residents, building on the already strong relationships with other agencies in the county, creating and organizing the department's Investigative unit, policies, training, community engagement, touching base with the community personally to see what their needs are.

Long-term goals for the department:

Using technology to help the department to be more efficient, expanding the department by taking advantage of available grants through DCJS, camera system throughout the village.


Jill Konopka / WNYT Staff

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