6 candidates for Canton, CT Police Chief to be interviewed

The Brass Key | August 6, 2010 | Comments (0)

Canton should have a new permanent police chief within the coming weeks, as long as the selection process continues on schedule.

According to Chief Administrative Officer Bob Skinner, the final candidates are scheduled to be interviewed by the Board of Selectmen during the week of Aug. 16.

A total of 22 candidates had originally applied for the position by the end of June. A panel from the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association reviewed the applications and recommended 10 to the board.

Of those 10 recommendations, the board brought eight forward to be interviewed by a community panel made of representatives from the Board of Education, local businesses, senior citizens, the police department, the fire department, social services and general residents.

That panel recommended all eight candidates to be interviewed by a technical panel, also provided by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, who then supplied the Board of Selectmen with the names of six finalists.

The selection of a new police chief corresponds with the release of an assessment of the police department currently being finalized.

Representatives from the Police Executive Forum were on site at the police station July 7 through 9, collecting information and interviewing department employees. The group researched and analyzed the data to determine the state of the police department, as well as to make recommendations on how to improve the department’s daily operations and further its goal of accreditation.

The forum submitted a draft of its assessment to the town on Aug. 4, and Skinner said a final version is anticipated within the next few weeks.

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