N.Y. police veteran joins city squad

Day sworn in as chief of Baltimore detectives

April 18, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A former New York police veteran was sworn in yesterday as the Baltimore Police Department's chief of detectives during a ceremony at the agency's downtown headquarters.

Edwin Day, 51, who joined the force three weeks ago, oversees about 700 employees, including 400 detectives who investigate crimes ranging from burglary to homicide.

A retired New York police officer, Day could have remained a civilian employee as the city's chief of detectives. Instead, he wanted police powers and to carry a badge and gun. He has undergone psychological testing and a background check. He still must qualify at the firing range.

"That won't be a problem," he said jokingly.

The oath of office was administered by Baltimore Circuit Court Clerk Frank M. Conaway.

Day joined the NYPD in 1979 and was promoted to lieutenant 10 years later.

For several years, he supervised squads of detectives in the Bronx, where he met Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark, who was commanding precincts at the time.

Day, who makes $103,000 a year as chief of detectives, retired from the New York force in 2000.

He was joined at the ceremony by his wife, Jean, and two sons, Chris and Mike.

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