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Greenwich Police Lieutenant Retires After 33+ Years On The Force

Greenwich Police Lt. John Brown
Greenwich Police Lt. John Brown Photo Credit: Greenwich Police Department

GREENWICH, Conn. — Lt. John Brown has retired after 33-plus years of service with the Greenwich Police Department, Chief of Police James Heavey announced.

A son of former Greenwich Police Officer Samuel "Sam" Brown, John Brown was sworn in as a Greenwich Police Officer on Oct. 17, 1983.

He graduated from the 178th Class of the Connecticut Municipal Police Basic Police Academy.

During his career, he held numerous positions at the Greenwich Police Department, including: Police Dispatcher, Patrol Officer, Instructor, Detective Division, and the ranks of sergeant and lieutenant. He also served for 19 years as a member of the department’s Public Safety Dive Team.

Brown was promoted to sergeant on Aug. 25, 1997, and was assigned to the Patrol Division. He was subsequently assigned to the Marine Section as the supervisor, where he served as Marine Section Sergeant for 10 years and oversaw the revamping of the Police Boats and a focus on homeland security.

Brown was able to secure federal grants that directly led to the purchase and upkeep of Police Boat 139 (PB139). In this leadership role, he also planned and coordinated training and mutual aid with other marine municipal and state law enforcement agencies.

On Nov. 12, 2009, Brown was promoted to lieutenant in the Patrol Division. He served as the Operations Lieutenant from 2009 to 2017 and oversaw the Traffic Section, Marine Section, and Dispatch.

Besides many departmental commendations for his police work and investigations, Brown received numerous letters and calls from Greenwich residents and other agencies expressing appreciation and gratitude for his work.

“John has honorably continued his family's dedication to public service,” said Heavey. “With 33 years of service in the Greenwich Police Department, he clearly sees public service as his calling. We are extremely fortunate that John chose to spend his career in our department and we wish him the very best in retirement.”

Brown was also sworn in as a Special Officer in a ceremony at Town Hall.

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