Surrounded by family, Fort Wayne Police Chief Steve Reed was sworn in Monday, and his father Herman pinned the official badge to his chest.
Reed was selected to replace outgoing Chief Garry Hamilton, who in February announced he would step aside to run the Fort Wayne Police Department's new Community Relations Division. Hamilton was Fort Wayne's first black chief of police.
During his 23 years with the FWPD, Reed has served as director of training at the Fort Wayne Police Academy, deputy chief of the southwest division, captain of the investigative division, sergeant of internal affairs, homicide team sergeant and detective. Reed also served as a patrol officer for the Butler Police Department and a confinement officer for the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department before joining the FWPD.
"You can go through your whole career in law enforcement and not realize what it means to be chief of police," Public Safety Director Rusty York said Monday. "Suddenly when they pin that badge on you, you go from this being a career to something that's so very personal."
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