Police Chief Owens Announces Retirement from Troy Police Department after 23-Year Career

Police Chief Owens Announces Retirement from Troy Police Department after 23-Year Career

Chief Owens to retire effective Wednesday, July 14th

During tenure as Chief, Owens oversaw modernization of City police department, including deployment of body-worn cameras, expansion of Community Services Bureau

Mayor Madden announces promotion of Deputy Chief Daniel DeWolf to Chief of Police


TROY, NY – Police Chief Brian Owens today announced his retirement from the Troy Police Department after 23+ years of service with TPD. Owens will retire effective Wednesday, July 14th.

During his tenure, Chief Owens was responsible for a major modernization of the department, including deployment of body-worn cameras, expansion of the community policing philosophy, implementation of new officer trainings, and updates to the department’s Use of Force policy.

Deputy Police Chief Daniel DeWolf will be promoted to Chief of the Department.

Chief Owens said, “There are few jobs in this world that can compare to being a police officer. From a young age, I wanted to be a Troy cop and I have been fortunate to have achieved that goal. I am where I am today because of the love, support and examples of my family, friends and mentors. This career has given me opportunities every day to help people in ways big and small. At times, I have seen the absolute worst in humanity, but far more often, I have seen the best in people. I have worked with some of the finest men and women that I have ever known and am grateful for all that they have done, and will continue to do, to keep Troy, our State and our Nation safe. For everyone who I served with: thank you for your teamwork and dedication to serving our City. I am also thankful for those in our community who not only support law enforcement, but who want to see an end to violence, crime and disorder. The past three plus years have been rewarding, yet exhausting, and now is a time for change. I would like to thank Mayor Madden for his trust and confidence in me and I extend my biggest thanks to the women and men of the Troy Police Department who allowed me the privilege to serve as a leader.”

Mayor Madden said, “On behalf of the City of Troy, I extend my appreciation and gratitude to Chief Owens for his nearly quarter-century of service to our community, neighborhoods, families, and nation. He leaves the Troy Police Department a better, more responsive agency that is prepared to meet the challenges facing law enforcement agencies in the 21st century. I wish Brian and the entire Owens family the best as they begin this new and exciting chapter in their lives.”

Chief Brian G. Owens is a 23- year veteran of the Troy Police Department. Owens previously held leadership positions as Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Captain, Detective Sergeant, Technology and Grants Captain and Assistant Chief of Patrol. In addition, Owens supervised the department’s Homeland Security Team, Honor Guard and Mobile Command Center. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is a highly-decorated member of the department, recognized with the Officer of the Year Award, Silver Shield Award, Chief’s Appreciation awards, various Unit and Division citations, and the Rensselaer County 911 Award.

Owens is a veteran with the 14 years of service with the United States Army Reserve, serving in various capacities including Company Commander of the HHD, 413th Quartermaster Battalion during the unit’s combat deployment to Iraq. Owens was promoted to Assistant Chief in November 2016.

Deputy Chief of Police Daniel P. DeWolf has served with the Troy Police Department since 1995. DeWolf began his law enforcement career in 1993 as a Deputy Sheriff with the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department. As Deputy Chief he oversees all plainclothes divisions, Community Services Bureau, the Emergency Response Team, technology and grants as well as additional administrative duties and coordinates the City’s Project GIVE initiative to reduce and prevent firearm-related homicides in conjunction with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. DeWolf has served as the department’s Public Information Officer since 2014. He is a member of the Rensselaer County Re-Entry Task Force.

Previously, DeWolf was a member of the U.S. Marshal Service Regional Fugitive Task Force, Troy’s Emergency Response Team, He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and is the recipient of various awards, including the Chief’s Appreciation Award and numerous Commendations, Unit and Division Citations during his 26 year career with the department. DeWolf is a six-year veteran of the United States Navy, both active and reserve.

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