West Hartford Police Chief Tracey Gove To Retire Nov. 30

Police Chief Tracey Gove announced Monday that after 22 years with the West Hartford Police Department, including six years as police chief, he will retire on Nov. 30 and take a job as director of corporate security at Travelers.

“This is a bittersweet decision for me, but I am excited about my new opportunity,” Gove, 45, said in a written statement.

In his new role, Gove will oversee security operations in the Greater Hartford area, according to a press release from the town. Assistant Chief Daniel Coppinger will serve as acting police chief until a replacement is hired.

Gove implemented a variety of new community initiatives during his tenure with the department, including “Coffee with the Beat Officer,” “Meet your district officer with the Schools,” “Coffee with the Chief for Faith-Based Leaders,” and “Community Classroom: Use of Force” programs.

Through a partnership with Central Connecticut State University, Gove created a master’s degree program for law enforcement officers — many West Hartford officers have gone through the program.

Gove was named Police Officer of the Year in 1999, and over the years has been recognized with the a Unit Citation Award, Distinguished Unit Citation Award, Police Merit Award and Distinguished Service Award and Medal. He has also been recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving with an Enforcement Award.

Mayor Shari Cantor, in a written statement, thanked Gove for “his passion for public service and leadership” in town.

“He is hardworking, caring, and ethical,” Cantor said. “He has been a leader in community policing. He has kept us safe and we are grateful that he is leaving us with a wonderful police department that has our community’s safety and well-being as its top priority.”

Gove graduated first in his class at the Connecticut State Police Academy. While training, he received the Samuel Luciano Award for academic excellence and the Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Association Award for overall performance.

“When people ask about my top accomplishments, I have trouble answering that question — because all of the great things done at the police department were the product of my staff,” Gove said. “No chief is solely responsible for the accomplishments of the department, it’s the people in the agency who do the work and make us, as police leaders, look good. For that, I am incredibly grateful and humbled.”

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