With Richard A. Klimek assuming the role of chief of police in July, The Town of Windsor’s Police Department experienced its first change of leadership in more than 30 years.
Klimek, a 30-year Windsor resident and police officer, has witnessed Windsor’s growth from a one-stop-light town to a bustling regional hub. With a great respect and understanding of the past, Klimek looks to lead the department with a community-focused approach.
We sat down with Klimek after his first 90 days on the job:
What made you throw your hat in the ring for chief?
Originally I wasn’t going to. I thought I was nearing my time to be done. I had worked with former Chief John Michaels for so long — he had originally hired me — I had thought that when he leaves, I would leave. I realized I wasn’t ready; I really enjoy my job. I wanted to see if I could continue what we started as an organization, and make it better and about the community.
What is your vision for the department?
I want to see us continue to provide customer-service based relationships and to enhance our skills and abilities in order to deliver needed services. With continued town growth, there will be a lot of changes to the department. It is going to be necessary for officers to become more specialized.
Describe the community’s relationship with the Police Department.
Excellent. There’s a strong trust factor with the department. We need to continue to build bridges and stress that police officers are an arm of the community. We’re only as effective as our relationship with the community, and I want our relationship to only be enhanced and grow stronger.
What is your number one priority as chief?
The safety of our community and police. You can’t have one without the other. A professional and considerate department leads to a safer community.
What do you love about Windsor?
It truly is home. It’s one of those places that when you drive into town, you feel comfort. People are always willing to give a hand.