By Alberto Gilman
With several weeks under his belt, newly appointed Town of New Windsor Police Chief Daniel Valeri looks forward to leading the department proudly and effectively as his predecessor, Chief Robert Doss once did. Valeri was sworn in as chief in the presence of the town board, fellow officers and other friends and colleagues on Thursday, Feb. 16 during a special meeting at New Windsor Town Hall.
Valeri has been a member of the New Windsor Police Department for the past 25 years and served a year in the City of Newburgh prior to joining New Windsor. As an officer, Valeri has served as a field training officer, a police canine handler, a patrol sergeant and more recently, a lieutenant. Valeri is also a certified police instructor. Other accolades included graduating from the Mid-Atlantic Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (MALEEDS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. Valeri has been a resident of New Windsor for over 40 years and went on to attend and graduate from Newburgh Free Academy and Marist College. He is married to his wife Cindy, who pinned his new chief shield on the day of the swearing in. The couple have raised two sons in the town.
Valeri believes the department is in the right place. With recent promotions, Valeri shared that the department was looking to hire new officers to join their ranks in future.
“We’re doing good. It’s a few different tasks that I’m figuring out day by day,” said Valeri. “I think we’re in a good place. We have, we have good leadership.”
Valeri also briefly reflected on the direction of New Windsor through the COVID period. “It was certainly a learning experience. Being the first line of defense out there, we recognized that our people were vulnerable,” said Valeri. “The biggest thing was protecting ourselves so that we would be available to protect our community.”