DARIEN, Conn. -- The Darien Police Department will have one of its own be its new police chief.
Darien police Capt. Raymond Osborne was chosen by the Darien Police Commission on Wednesday night to succeed Chief Duane Lovello, who is retiring.
“I was honored to receive the news last night that I will be taking over for Chief Lovello upon his retirement,” Osborne said. “I would like to thank the Police Commission for the faith that they have shown in me by appointing me to the position of Chief of Police."
He promised to keep the town's police force on track.
"My immediate goal is to continue to provide professional, responsive and efficient police services to the community that we serve. We have a tremendous group of dedicated, hardworking men and women at the Darien Police Department, and I know that I can depend on each and every one of them to continue our tradition of excellence.”
His predecessor praised his successor.
“I was very happy to see my replacement come from within the Department,” said Lovello. “The team that the Police Commission and staff have worked very hard to assemble, at every rank, gives us a tremendous depth of talent. Ray Osborne is a consummate and respected police professional. The Town is in very good hands with Ray at the helm of the police department. I wish him and the entire staff of the Department, sworn and civilian, continuing success.”
Osborne was promoted to captain last July and currently commands the Field Services Bureau, which includes the Patrol, Detective, Youth, and Marine Divisions. He began his law enforcement career with the Easton Police Department in 1981 before joining the Darien Police Department in 1983.
A 1997 graduate of the Fairfield County Detective School, he was appointed to the Detective Division and served as a member of the Fairfield County Regional Burglary Squad. Promoted to sergeant in 2000 and lieutenant in 2008, he served as the administrative lieutenant before returning to the Patrol Division.
Osborne is a 2010 graduate of the Roger Williams University Mid-Level Police Management program and a 2013 graduate of PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police training program at Boston University. Osborne holds both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in criminal justice from Iona College. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.
He is the commander of the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team Hostage Negotiation Unit and supervises the Darien Police Department Domestic Violence Unit.