New chief sworn in; McLoughlin caps stellar career

On Thursday, Oct. 1, Larry Lazaroff, chairman of the North Haven Board of Police Commissioners, swore in Kevin J. Glenn as the seventh Chief of Police in the history of the North Haven Police Department.

The North Haven Police Department posted the following to its Facebook page:

“Chief Glenn is a 20-year veteran of the department, having held every rank along his career. He has commanded the Uniformed Services Division, Investigative Services Division and South-Central Regional Swat team. He also acted as Public Information Officer (PIO) and assists in the budgeting and strategic planning of the department. Chief Glenn was a key player in the creation of the [department’s] K-9 program, formulation of the South-Central Regional Swat team, and headquarters building project. He has served as Deputy Chief of Police and has attended numerous educational and leadership courses, which include having a Master’s Degree in Leadership, attending the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Leadership and Decision-Making program, and the FBI National Academy, Session #268.”

Glenn replaces Thomas McLoughlin at the helm of the North Haven Police department. McLoughlin, too, was highlighted on the department’s Facebook page. The post reads:

“September 1978 - 42 years ago. The average cost of a new house was 54K. The average annual income was 17K, gas was 63 cents a gallon, there was no 911 system, and 28 of the current officers were not born yet.

“At that same time, future North Haven Chief of Police Thomas J. McLoughlin was rolling into No.HPD to start his career as a Police Cadet. He met the criteria, some of which back then consisted of being at least 5’8, weighing 150lb or more, and being a man. Two years later, Cadet McLoughlin became Patrolman McLoughlin. Seven years after that, at the age of 27, he was Sgt. McLoughlin. At age 29 he was a Lieutenant. For those who may not know the ins and outs of policing and rank structure, this is practically unheard of. For those who personally know Chief McLoughlin, you know this isn’t surprising either.

“Chief McLoughlin has held every rank in the North Haven Police Dept., and commanded almost every division and a variety of assignments including Patrol, SWAT, Division Commander of Uniform Services and Investigative Services, Public Information Officer, Training, Internal Affairs, Budgeting and Strategic Planning. He holds an MBA from the University of New Haven and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session #206.

“Beyond the rank, education, command presence, and achievements, Chief McLoughlin was the type of Chief you would want to work for. He praised good work, held people accountable, and re-trained officers when they made mistakes. Chief McLoughlin genuinely cares about the men and women of the North Haven Police Department.

“Today, after 42 years of service, the man who walked in as a Cadet is walking out as a Chief. We can only hope that as he leaves here today he realizes the impact and imprint he has left on this agency, and that we care for him as much as he cared for us. Because of his guidance and mentorship along the way, the future of North Haven PD is bright. We wish him well in retirement and thank him for his dedication to the men and women of the North Haven Police Department, and the North Haven Community.”

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