February 2, 2017
Re: Darien Police Commission Appoints New Chief of Police
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.”