New chief of police reports for duty

PLAINVILLE – The town's new chief of police, Christopher Vanghele, was sworn-in Monday, Jan. 31 at the Plainville Police Department. He was joined by town leaders and police personnel from both Plainville and Newtown, who came to wish him well on his new venture.

The past 28 years, Vanghele was a member of the Newtown Police Department. On Jan. 31, his wife, Kimberly, pinned a new badge on her husband.

Vanghele sees many similarities between the Newtown and Plainville police department's, including their size and ability to persevere through tragedy. “It’s like coming home a second time,” he said.

Vanghele grew up in Fairfield, and from a young age was intrigued by law enforcement. This was likely due to his mother, who worked as a probation officer in Bridgeport. Meanwhile, Vanghele's father, a teacher, sparked his love of words.

When it came time to chose a major at the University of Connecticut, Vanghele settled on English, as a criminal justice course of study was not offered.

“At that time, I was toying around with the idea of teaching, but when I graduated, that passion for law enforcement ignited again,” Vanghele said. So at the age of 23, he took a job with the Newtown PD.

Vanghele held many positions during his nearly three decades with the NPD and moved up the ranks from patrol officer, to sergeant, to lieutenant.

In addition to his English degree, Vanghele holds a master’s in Public Administration from the American Military Academy. Also, he completed training at the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute of Police, the F.B.I.'s Law Enforcement Executive Development Leadership Institute, Sacred Heart University's Police Leadership Institute, and the F.B.I.'s New England Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.

At his swearing-in, Vanghele thanked Plainville Town Manager Robert Lee and the Town Council for putting their trust in him. He then directed comments to the members of his department. “It’s not every day you get to meet a third family,” he said.

“Every day, my job will be to make your job easier and keep you motivated and educated in order to provide the best service possible to the citizens of Plainville," Vanghele added. "I’m extremely excited to have this job and I hope to soon be able to call all of you my brothers and sisters and earn your trust.”

Following the ceremony, Vanghele spoke with Town Council members, assuring them he would be present at their next meeting.

“Law enforcement is changing across the country and one of my main goals is to make sure the department is up to standards," Plainville's new top cop said. "I would like to be on the cutting edge of law enforcement with training, equipment and education.”


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