South Windsor, CT Police Chief Matthew Reed talks about life on the job, his relationships with the community and the press and his internship with a Springfield, MA television station during an hour-long class on the Freedom of Information Act hosted by the Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe.
The class was the fifth and final session of a program that began in January.
Reed represents a new breed in law enforcement attuned to community understanding and support for good police work.
Matthew Reed was appointed as South Windsor's police chief on May 16, 2010.
Chief Reed, a native of Springfield, Massachusetts, served in the United States Army as a military police traffic accident investigator at Ft. Hood, Texas from 1983 until 1986.
He was hired as a South Windsor police officer in 1987 and served in the patrol section as a patrol officer and supervisor. Chief Reed served as the department’s youth service officer from 1989-1991 and was responsible for the implementation of the DARE program at the Timothy Edwards Middle School. After his assignment as youth service officer, Chief Reed returned to the patrol section.
In 1993 he was assigned to the department’s administrative services section where he was designated as the department’s public information officer. While assigned to administrative services, Reed worked as aide to the Chief of Police researching and writing department policies, conducting community outreach activities and managing the department’s information technology structure. Chief Reed served as the manager of the public information and technology section until his promotion to the rank of Commander in June, 2005.
From June 2005 until his promotion to chief, Reed was assigned as commander of the Operations Division. As division commander he was responsible for the officers on patrol, the criminal investigations unit, the school resource officer program, the police canine program, the traffic safety enforcement and investigation unit, the community service officers and the special enforcement unit.
Chief Reed holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT; a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT and a Juris Doctor from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, MA. Chief Reed is a Connecticut attorney, an adjunct faculty member at Manchester Community College and a certified police instructor.
Chief Reed lives in South Windsor with his wife and five children.