WESTPORT, Conn. Since joining the Westport Police Department 27 years ago, Dale Call has steadily climbed the administrative ladder. On Friday afternoon, his journey reached the top as he was sworn in as the department's eighth chief.
"I feel both honored and privileged to have been given the opportunity to lead what I have always believed is one of the finest police departments in the state," Call, a Westport native, told a room filled with family, friends and colleagues at the Town Hall auditorium.
A 1980 Staples graduate, Call joined the department in 1981 as a special police officer. Son of the late Westport Police Inspector George Call, he was brought on as a full-time officer in 1984. He was promoted to sergeant in 1993, inspector in 2001, administrative lieutenant in 2004 and detective commander in 2006. Since 2007, he has served as deputy chief, the department's second highest ranking officer.
During his career, Call has received a Westport Police Department Meritorious Service Award, three honorable police service award, five unit citations and a lifesaving award.
"I may not live here anymore, but my roots go deep in this town," said Call, who succeeds Al Fiore.
Minutes after Call took his oath, Fotios Koskinas, a 15-year officer with the department, raised his right hand and was sworn in as the new deputy chief. Koskinas, a 1989 Staples graduate, joined the department in 1996. Ten years later, he was promoted to sergeant, and in 2009, he made captain.
During his time as an officer, Koskinas has been the recipient of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association Medal of Valor, the department's Medal of Valor, four commendations, six honorable police service awards, two lifesaving awards, four unit citations and an investigators ribbon.
"To have two Westport boys rank in the top positions gives me enormous pleasure," First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said. "These are good men. I'm very proud to appoint and promote them."
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