SWPD appoints Timothy M. Edwards as new deputy chief

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
South Windsor - posted Wed., Aug. 28, 2013
Lt. Timothy M. Edwards has been appointed to the position of deputy chief of police in South Windsor. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Lt. Timothy M. Edwards has filled the post of deputy chief of police in South Windsor – a leadership position which was recently vacated after the retirement of Richard Riggs.

Edwards will work alongside Police Chief Matthew Reed. “We work hand in hand,” said Edwards, adding that amongst his responsibilities, he will work on short- and long-range goals for the department, coordinate research in the community, review departmental procedures regularly and maintain the cost-efficiency of the department’s activities within town.

“This is a natural progression for me,” said Edwards. “It’s the next step of my career.”

A 25-year veteran of the South Windsor Police Department, Edwards has played a major role in updating and refurbishing the department dispatch facilities in the past year. New flooring, new furniture and a new radio frequency have all been added. “I oversaw the whole process,” he said. “Our department building was built in 1984,” said Edwards. “There are always ways we can improve here.”

Through Edwards, the antiquated storage system was also rejuvenated, gaining the department at least five more years of on-site storage.

Edwards has been a member of the South Windsor Police Department since 1988. He has served the department in several roles. “I’ve done pretty much every job here,” he said. Edwards also has many years logged with the region’s emergency services team and as a crisis negotiator.

Edwards holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. He is a certified instructor in baton, firearms, use of force, OC spray and taser.

“Tim has been around South Windsor for a long time,” said Reed. “He knows the community and he knows the operations of the police department. I am very proud of the way we have prepared our leaders to move up to more demanding positions, and I am glad to be able to offer Lt. Edwards this opportunity to serve as deputy chief.”

Edwards’s new role became effective as of Aug. 18.

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