New Police Chief Visits The Windsor Locks Senior Center Thursday

Chief Eric Osanitsch told the crowd among his goal is to make the police department a more professional organization.


New Windsor Locks Police Chief Eric Osanitsch met with some of the town’s senior citizens at the Thursday.

Osanitsch, who on August 20,  told the crowd about some of initial observations and plans for the police department. He said the members of the department are dedicated and hardworking.

During his first few weeks on the job, Osanitsch said he has been well received by people in the community.

Osanitsch said he plans to make the police department a more professional organization. A department has to have professional officers and they have to be respected as police officers, he added.

The department will address things that concern residents such as speeding on town roads and other quality of life issues, he said.

Osanitsch said his parents immigrated from Austria, he was born in New York and raised in Connecticut. He served in the U.S. Army and worked 26 years in various roles in the Bristol Police Department before retiring as chief this summer.

“I think I come with a wide background,” Osanitsch told the senior citizens.

Referring to the of 15-year-old Henry Dang being struck and killed by a car driven by former officer Michael Koistinen, Osanitsch said he knew the town and department have been through a difficult couple of years. He said he had experiences in Bristol, helping the department deal with bad incidents in past years.

Osanitsch said you can learn from the past, learn from your mistakes and move forward.

“There’s no doubt over the past two years you’ve been through a rough time,” he said. “It’s time, from my perspective, to rebuild.”

David C. Couper September 14, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Congratulations to your new police chief. You can help him out by asking him to review and affirm the 12 qualities necessary for police in our society to hold and practice at: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/policing-our-nation.html. Also visit my blog on police improvement at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com. (Those qualities are: Accountable, Collaborative, Educated and trained, Effective and preventive, Honest, Model citizen, Peacekeeper and protector, Representative, Respectful, Restrained, Servant leader, and Unbiased.) There also is a new book out that may be helpful in thinking about ways in which police can improve by someone who did it: “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police” (Amazon.com).
WL native September 14, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I attended his first Commission meeting and heard, first hand, what he's already accomplished within the department and am very impressed. There couldn't have been a better choice for our new Chief of Police in Windsor Locks.
Ole ole September 14, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Stop with the ads!
Ole ole September 14, 2012 at 07:33 PM
He is definitely a leader, unlike those of the past and a few who still remain. He will get things moving in spite of those who reject change and forward thinking. We wish him and the department much success!


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