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11/5/2018 - Mayor Ganim Announces Armando “AJ” Perez as Chief of Police for the City of Bridgeport

Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
Bridgeport, CT

For Immediate Release 
November 5, 2018

For More Information:
Rowena White (203) 576-7201

Press Release

Mayor Ganim Announces Armando “AJ” Perez as Chief of Police for the City of Bridgeport

Bridgeport – Mayor Joe Ganim today announced that Armando “AJ” Perez will serve as the City of Bridgeport’s Chief of Police. Mayor Ganim and the Department of Civil Services notified Chief Perez of his appointment today. This appointment follows an extensive search and selection process that included community forums and feedback along with candidate written and oral tests and panel interviews.

“Chief Perez has been dedicated to improving public safety and community relations in our city,” said Mayor Ganim. “Over the last few years he has proven to be leader in bringing the department efficiency through technology in emergency communications, police equipment, and most importantly he has returned to the fundamentals of training and community policing that our city needs to build a department that residents can trust.”

Chief Perez has served the City of Bridgeport in the police department for almost 36 years. He is a highly decorated officer with vast experience and has overseen a variety of the units within the police department.

Perez said, “I am honored and thrilled to have been selected as the leader of a great police department. Under the leadership of Mayor Ganim, with all the talented men and women of the Bridgeport police force we have taken great steps and made positive impacts that will make our city safer. I look forward to continuing this mission in my capacity as Police Chief.”

City Council President Aidee Nieves said, “I am pleased and stand behind Mayor Gamin’s selection. In his role as acting police chief for over two years, AJ has positively impacted Bridgeport by bringing back community policing and implementing body cameras. As a result of his leadership and dedication to public safety, Bridgeport crime statistics have greatly improved. The City Council looks forward to seeing all the positive changes he will make in our community.”

City Council member of the 139th District Eneida Martinez said, “Police Chief Perez being appointed as leader of our Police Department is a great decision that I fully support. He has gone above and beyond as acting chief that proves he is capable to continue in this role. He has showed the community to be fair and exercise justice when confronted with various battles that weren’t his to face. He has earned our respect and I am excited for what will be great changes in our police force.

Mayor Ganim will swear in AJ Perez as Bridgeport’s Chief of Police at a public ceremony that will be hosted in the City Council Chambers at a date to be announced.