Veteran cop retires; dispatcher praised

Veteran cop retires

Sgt. John McCormack has retired after 36 years on the force. The police department thanked McCormack and wished him well in a June 4 Facebook post: “Sgt. McCormack was hired as an Officer in May of 1985 and throughout his time with the department, he has done just about everything. Sgt. McCormack served as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Detective Sergeant, and most recently Patrol Sergeant. He has also been a member of many specialized units, to include regional narcotics task forces, Motorcycle Unit, ATV Unit, Underwater Response Team, Commander of the Honor Guard, K-9 Unit Supervisor, and he has coordinated the Law Enforcement Torch Run for many years. Sgt. McCormack continues to serve the Berlin Community as a member of the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department. Thank you for your many years of dedicated service to our community!”


Administrative Dispatcher Tammy Wright graduated from the Certified Public Safety Executive (CPE) Program. Wright, who has been with the police department for 26 years, is one of only three people in Connecticut to achieve this certification.

In a June 8 Facebook post, the BPD wrote: “The CPE Program consists of two 12-week online courses and one 10-day capstone course at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) headquarters in Daytona, Florida. Admittance to this program is highly competitive and space is very limited. Not all who apply are admitted as they must go through an extensive screening process by the CPE admissions committee. The CPE program is a rigorous, demanding endeavor that requires serious commitment by each participant. Students must devote a considerable amount of time to coursework, which includes individual and group assignments and discussions. We are excited and proud to share the news of Tammy’s accomplishment and to recognize the dedication, commitment, and leadership that she brings to our organization on a daily basis.”

New team member

Officer Dylan Breen is the newest member of the department’s Community Relations Team. In a June 7 Facebook post, the Berlin PD wrote: Breen “has been with the PD for a few years now. If you don’t recognize his face it could be because he works while we all sleep. He’s responsible for making sure your cars stay in your driveway during the midnight hours! Ofc Breen is assigned to the east side of town and is looking for neighborhoods that have a watch group to add him. Swing over and send him a friend request!"


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