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Waterbury to Swear in City’s First African-American Police Chief



    Since 1994, Vernon L. Riddick Jr. has been rising through the ranks of the Waterbury police department and tonight, he will be sworn in as the first African-American chief of the city’s police department.

    Riddick, a lifelong Waterbury resident, has served as acting chief.

    He graduated from Kennedy High School in Waterbury.

    He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Tufts University, attended Rutgers Law School and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration Degree from Post University.

    Riddick has served as a sergeant, lieutenant, captain and deputy chief of the department and worked in many divisions, including patrol, internal affairs and the Department’s Emergency Response Team, or SWAT team.

    He is vice-president of the Waterbury Police Activity League and a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association’s Command Institute.

    A church service will be held at 4:45 pm at the Grace Baptist Church, at 65 Kingsbury Street. Then, Chief Riddick will lead a procession south on North Elm Street and west on East Main Street to the Palace Theater for the swearing in ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Palace Theater, at 120 East Main Street in Waterbury.