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10 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 13 - April 19, 2001 Rehoboth's Glenn Condon sworn in as Blades police chief By Kerry Kester Glenn Condon of Rehoboth Beach was sworn in April 9, as the new Blades Poli6e Department chief, during a ceremony at Blades Community Hall. Con- don, 48, is a retired captain from the New York Police Department (NYPD), where he served for 25 years. When Condon left New York City in 1998, he was the com- manding officer of the Queens North NarcoticsDistrict. Prior to that he served as the co,lithanding officer in the Queens North Nar- cotics Initiative and in the Hous- ing Narcotics District that includ- ed Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Condon began his law entbrce- ment career in 1973 as a patrol- man in the New York City Hous- ing Police Department That de- partment, prior to merging with NYPD in 1995. provided police protection to low-income public housing developments. As he continued rising up through the ranks. Condon also pursued educational opportuni- ties. He is a 1995 graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academy. He g|'aduated cure laude fi'om "the New York In- stitute of Technology, Where he earned his bachelor of science de- gree in c|imi|aal justice. He also has special training in narcotics investigati0ns, personnel manage- ment and criminal investigation. He is a member of the Interna- tional Association of Chiefs of Po- lice; FBI National Academy Asso- ciates, Maryland/Delaware chap- ter; American Probation and Pa- role Association; New York Insti- tute of Technology Criminal Jus- tice Alumni: New York City Po- lice Department Captain's En- dowment Association: New York City Housing Police Department Emerald Society, where he once served as the organization's ser- geant at arms; and the Fraternal Order of Police, New York state lodge 997. Condon volunteers with Boy Scout Troop 1 in Lewes and serves on the Cape Henlopen School District school security task force. He is also active in the Civil Air Patrol program's senior squadron and serves as an adviser to Sussex County Teen Court. After moving here with his fam- ily in 1998, Condon worked for Kent County Teen Court. He said his interest in the program devel- oped because he has always en- joyed the challenge of starting something new; his interest in young people and criminal justice made him a good fit for the job. Last summer, Condon served as a judge at Rehoboth Beach's Alder- Submitted photos At right, Rehoboth Beach Police Department members were on hand for Blades Police De- partment Chief Glenn Condon's swearing-in ceremony April 9, at the Blades Community Hall. Shown are (l-r) Sgt. Mike Corbin, Condon and Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Keith Banks. Shown during Chief Glenn Condon's swearing-in ceremony April 9, right, at the Blades Community Hall is (l-r) Blades Mayor B.J. Hardin; Condon and his wife Marianne; Rep. Tina Fallon, RoSeaford; and Court 3 Judge William Hopkins. man's Court. Condon said he is looking for- ward to his position in Blades. Currently the town's economic development corporation is in- volved in a marina project that is expected to draw visitors to the community. "'That's going to put a different light on how we deal with people and how we patrol," said Condon. "I think it's going to be good tbr the town economically, but I think .we'll probably have to deal with some things we haven't had to deal with in that area before." In addition to reviewing how patrols are conducted, Condon al- so hopes to upgrade the depart- ment's technology. Although the department is online with some of the state initiatives, Condon would like to see the patrol cars equipped with mobile data termi- nals. He is currently exploring op- tions for grant monies that will support technology upgrades. | Rehoboth 302