Reynolds retires from GPD after 27 years of service

Nws-Reynolds-retires-9-12After 27 years serving and protecting the town, Greenwich Police Sgt. Michael Reynolds retired on Aug. 1.

Sgt. Reynolds was born and raised in Greenwich and graduated from Greenwich High School in 1982. He is a second generation Greenwich Police Office as his father, Captain Howard Reynolds, was also a member of the department. His brother, Detective Kent Reynolds is still serving the department.

On Aug. 25, 1986 he was sworn in as a Greenwich Police Officer and graduated from the 198th Class of the Connecticut Municipal Police Basic Police Academy. Sgt. Reynolds’ assignments included Patrol Officer, Accident Investigator (1993), Detective (1997), Detective Sergeant (2000), and finally as Section Sergeant of Community Impact Officers (2006).

Sgt. Reynolds has received numerous departmental commendations for excellent police work and actions exemplifying the best traditions of police service. He has received Chief Commendations for investigations and apprehensions in a wide array of situations, including larceny investigations, the capture of escaped convicts, the arrest of Connecticut’s number one “deadbeat dad” and for helping to deliver a baby.

In 2006 Sgt. Reynolds was reassigned to oversee the Community Impact Section. During this time he continued to distinguish himself through successful investigative and life-saving efforts. He was recognized as the Officer of the Month in 2006 when, off-duty and on vacation with his family, he leaped into action saving an elderly man from drowning in Nantucket Sound. His section’s successes resulted in the section being honored as the John Clark Award recipients for 2008. A principal component of that success stems from Sgt. Reynolds’ leadership role manning the Greenwich Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy (CPA).

Sgt. Reynolds was the academy’s “Commandant” from 2008-2013 and was instrumental to its broad appeal and success in the community.

In discussing his retirement, Sgt. Reynolds noted that one of his proudest moments at GPD was when he participated in the birth of a baby. He also said he felt his role as a police officer was always about service to the community. His involvement with the CPA was a way for him to connect with the wonderful people of the town that he grew up in, he said.

“I have worked with Mike for many years and as I reflect back on his service I am reminded of the many instances where Mike was the go-to guy,” Chief of Police James Heavey said. “Mike always made a bad situation better by being a compassionate investigator, positive role model and hard worker. I look forward to his continued service with the town in his capacity as a Special Officer and wish him luck in his second career.”

Sgt. Reynolds will now continue to serve the town as a Special Police Officer.

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