The West Hartford Police Department announced Tuesday that Daniel Coppinger has been promoted from captain to the rank of assistant chief of police.
According to a press release, Coppinger is a 23-year veteran of the department who has held the rank of sergeant, lieutenant and captain with the West Hartford Police.
He has commanded the department’s training division, special investigations division and patrol division, as well as the department’s SWAT team and honor guard, the release said.
He is a past member of the department’s employee assistance program. He currently serves on the department’s citizen complaint review board, which he will now chair as assistant chief.
He has received two merit awards and numerous letters of commendation from the department, citizens, and other agencies, the release states.
Coppinger holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy and government from Eastern Connecticut State University and he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice through the West Hartford Police Department - Central Connecticut State University joint cohort program.
In addition, Coppinger served with the Connecticut Air National Guard for 22 years and he was a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force Police Academy.
A promotional ceremony will be held in the police department’s Training Division on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 8:15 a.m. Friends, family and members of the public are welcome to attend.