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Posted on Wed. Sep. 03, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

New Haven Police getting its first deputy chief

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The New Haven Police Department's first ever deputy chief of police was appointed named by Mayor Terry McDonald. He's 19-year veteran officer Henry McKinnon. His official duties start Monday.

According to Police Chief Steve Poiry, “one of the reasons for naming a deputy chief was the retirement of Lt. Herb Baatz in March. The rank structure of chief, lieutenant and sergeant has remained the same since 1961. Because of the community's population increase in recent years, by law the mayor now has the flexibility to appoint the top two policy positions in the Police Department, and we felt naming a deputy chief was the way to go. McKinnon's strong work ethic, dependable service, dedication, experience and knowledge in investigations made him our choice for the position.”

In his new job, McKinnon will assume the duties of the lieutenant's position plus added administrative duties. He'll be overseeing the road patrols and working closely with the shift sergeants, seeing that officers receive the required training and technical updates, overseeing the records department and the School Resource Program and serving as the liaison with the Allen County prosecutor's office.

“I'm anxious to get started and looking forward to working with the road patrols again,” said McKinnon, “and being able to help guide the department into the future. I'll also be meeting with and helping neighborhoods and businesses resolve their concerns and issues."

A Michigan native, former Fort Wayne resident and graduate of Northrop High School, McKinnon studied criminal justice at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne before joining the U.S. Air Force, where he served in the military police at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb. While there, he earned a Good Conduct Medal and the Law Enforcement Specialist of the Year Award and participated in the local Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (DARE).

McKinnon's career with the New Haven Police Department began in 1995 as a patrol officer. In 2005 he was named School Resource Officer at New Haven High School – its first – and has been a detective for the past seven-and-a-half years. He also served as crime prevention officer, spokesman, crisis intervention officer and DARE officer. He was an honor graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

Throughout his career he received two New Haven Commendation Awards and a New Haven Police Community Service Award. He was recognized by the prosecutor's office for outstanding service to crime victims and for outstanding support to domestic violence victims in Allen County.

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