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Two Longtime Members Of Greenwich Police Force Announce Retirements

Lt. John Rodriguez Photo Credit: Greenwich Police Department
Sgt. David Colbree Photo Credit: Greenwich Police Department

Two longtime members of the Greenwich Police department have retired after a combined 50 years on the force.

Lt. John Rodriguez, a graduate of Westchester Business Institute, was hired as a Greenwich Police officer in 1992. He served as a dispatcher, field training officer, and traffic accident investigator. Rodriguez was promoted sergeant in 2009, and to lieutenant in 2017.

Over the years, Rodriguez has also served as a crisis negotiator and a crisis intervention team member. He is a certified emergency medical technician and has advanced police training in cold weather ice rescue, criminal patrol drug enforcement, death investigations and vehicle thefts.

In addition, he has received Rodriguez numerous civilian letters of appreciation, letters of commendation, and a Connecticut State’s Attorney award. He served three years on active duty in the U.S. Army and an additional three years in the New York National Guard.

Sgt. David Colbree was hired as a Greenwich Police officer in 1994. He has served as a traffic accident investigator, field training officer, was promoted to master police officer in 2011 and promoted to sergeant in 2017.

Colbree is a certified emergency medical technician and has advanced police training in collision investigations and crime scene processing. He has been named Police Officer of the Year, Officer of the Quarter and Officer of the Month.

He has also received recognition for exceptional police duty on two occasions and exceptional medical service twice.

Colbree served four year’s active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1985-1989, where he attained the rank and Petty Officer Second Class and served on the USS America and was a team leader of an anti-terrorism squad.

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