2/2/2017 - PRESS RELEASE: Darien Police Commission Appoints New Chief of Police

Date:                    February 2, 2017

Re:                       Darien Police Commission Appoints New Chief of Police               

Issued by:            Det. Sgt. Jeremiah P. Marron Jr.      

For Immediate Release:


Darien, CT - At a meeting of the Darien Police Commission held on February 1, 2017, the Commission named Capt. Ray Osborne to succeed retiring Police Chief Duane Lovello; Lovello’s last day as chief is February 15th.  Police Commissioners Paul Johnson, Kim Huffard, and Tom Joyce are tasked by Town Charter with appointing the Town’s police chief.  In a statement released by the Commission, Chairman Paul Johnson stated:

"The Police Commission is proud to announce that we unanimously voted to name Capt. Raymond Osborne as the tenth Chief of the Darien Police Department. Ray has distinguished himself over a 33 year career serving our community. We are fortunate to have a man of his character and talents taking over the department.

We want to thank Chief Duane Lovello for his years of exemplary service to the DPD. Darien has been fortunate to benefit from Chief Lovello's leadership. The Darien Police Department is universally regarded as one of the finest forces in the state."

Captain Osborne was promoted to the rank of Captain in July of 2016 and currently commands the Field Services Bureau which includes the Patrol, Detective, Youth, and Marine Divisions.  He began his law enforcement career with the Easton Police Department in 1981 prior to joining the Darien Police Department in 1983.  A 1997 graduate of the Fairfield County Detective School, he was appointed to the Detective Division and served as a member of the Fairfield County Regional Burglary Squad.  Promoted to sergeant in 2000 and lieutenant in 2008, he served as the Administrative Lieutenant prior to returning to the Patrol Division.  He is a 2010 graduate of the Roger Williams University Mid-Level Police Management program and a 2013 graduate of PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police training program at Boston University.  Osborne holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from Iona College and presently serves as an adjunct professor at Housatonic Community College.  He also serves as the Commander of the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team Hostage Negotiation Unit and supervises the Darien Police Department Domestic Violence Unit.  

“I was honored to receive the news last night that I will be taking over for Chief Lovello upon his retirement,” Osborne said.  “I would like to thank the Police Commission for the faith that they have shown in me by appointing me to the position of Chief of Police.  My immediate goal is to continue to provide professional, responsive and efficient police services to the community that we serve.  We have a tremendous group of dedicated, hardworking men and women at the Darien Police Department and I know that I can depend on each and every one of them to continue our tradition of excellence.”

“I was very happy to see my replacement come from within the Department,” said Chief Duane Lovello.  “The team that the Police Commission and staff have worked very hard to assemble, at every rank, gives us a tremendous depth of talent.  Ray Osborne is a consummate and respected police professional.  The Town is in very good hands with Ray at the helm of the police department.  I wish him and the entire staff of the Department, sworn and civilian, continuing success.”