Reddish A Finalist For St. Pete Police Chief

Melissa Bailey File PhotoNew Haven Assistant Police Chief Thaddeus Reddish heads south this week to audition for his next role.

Reddish (pictured) is retiring this week from the New Haven force after 22 years as a city cop. He is one of four finalists to become the next chief of St. Petersburg, Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the four finalists are scheduled to interview with St. Pete’s mayor and to speak with the public at a forum.

Reddish pumped community policing in a video snippet that appears with this Tampa Bay Times article.

“What is community policing to me?” Reddish remarks in the video. “It’s not a theory but a way of life for me. We must police others as we would want to be policed.”


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posted by: WC10 on June 17, 2014  11:46am

Sorry to lose him! Reddish has been a powerful asset in keeping our neighborhoods safe. Best of luck to you in everything you do.

posted by: JustAnotherTaxPayer on June 17, 2014  2:22pm

Good Luck Thad, nice little town, I think the golfing Hall of Fame is there. Just like the Phoenix.

posted by: Gretchen Pritchard on June 17, 2014  7:25pm

I hope if he takes the job he is prepared to deal with Stand Your Ground and all that it entails.

posted by: Lisa on June 18, 2014  4:26pm

I wish Assistant Chief Reddish the best of luck in where ever he goes.  He will be a great asset to any community.  He has been very dedicated to New Haven, to community policing and block watches, and has nothing by my utmost respect.  St Petersburg will be very lucky to gave him.

posted by: Semi Semi-Dikoko on June 18, 2014  10:29pm

Assistant Chief Reddish is one fine officer and although sad to see him leave New Haven, I am happy to see him pursue his passion for a position where he stands to make an even greater impact for the people of St. Petersburg, Florida,

Best luck to you good Sir and thank you for all the difference you and fellow officers made for many of us, including NHPD Citizen Academy class of 2007!