ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Voices filled the room of City Hall Wednesday morning as many came to watch Brendan Cox get sworn in at his ceremony, officially marking him Albany’s new Police Chief.
The ceremony started off with a speech from Mayor Kathy Sheehan and she called Wednesday “a historic time in the city of Albany.”
Cox’s family was then called up to the front to pin the badge on his uniform and that was followed by loud applauses. Chief Cox, whos 44, was born and raised in Albany, and he’s moved up the ranks since he joined the force in 1994.
Cox previously served as Assistant Chief of Police and Deputy Chief of Police.
He has been well-known for his commitment to community policing, which he believes is the root to addressing crime and in building stronger communities.
As the new Police Chief, Cox made several promises; some of them including to continue to build a trusting relationship between police and the youth as well as ensure safer travel for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.
During the ceremony, Cox said he will make sure Albany is the best and the safest city to live in.
“I truly feel this is not about me. This is about the city. This is about the police department and this is about our vision, making it the safest community in America and the only way we can do that is by working together,” said Brendan Cox, New Albany Police Chief.
The ceremony was open to the public and Mayor Kathy Sheehan was amongst the many people to show her support.