Chief Timothy M. Edwards was named Chief of Police in September 2015. Chief Edwards was hired in 1988 and has served the department in many roles through the years. Most recently he has held the rank of Deputy Chief and served as commander of the department’s support services division. In that role he coordinated the reconstruction of the department’s public safety communications center, along with the construction associated with the departure of the ambulance corps from police headquarters.
Chief Edwards has a long history with the region's emergency services team serving as a team leader of the crisis negotiator’s team. He was assigned to the Tri-Town Narcotics Task Force for two years, served as a patrol watch commander for seven years, and was also assigned as a traffic accident investigator and reconstructionist.
Chief Edwards holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University and Associate’s Degree from Manchester Community College. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a graduate of Connecticut’s Criminal Justice Command Institute Supervisory Leadership Program. Chief Edwards is currently working on a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice and is an adjunct instructor at a local college.
He is a certified instructor in police use of force, firearms, baton, OC Spray and TASER as well as the management of aggressive behavior.