Suffield Welcomes New Police Captain

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Captain James Canon, Jr.

James Canon Jr., Esq., joins the Suffield Police Department and assumes the position of Captain. Canon brings over 20 years of experience with the Connecticut State Police, specializing in labor relations. Before retiring in 2017, he held the position of Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding Officer of the Bureau of Professional Standards and Support. He most recently served as the Executive Director of Internal Investigations & Security for Hartford Public Schools.

“Captain Canon’s extensive background is well matched to the current needs within the department,” noted Chief Richard Brown. “I am confident that he will be a tremendous asset and a key figure in making ongoing improvements.”

While at the Connecticut State Police, Canon’s leadership roles included Captain/Major, Commanding Officer, Labor Relations Unit; Lieutenant, Chief of Staff, Office of Field Operations; and Lieutenant, Commanding Officer, Troop B. He received specialized training at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA in 2016. Canon graduated with a Juris Doctor from Western New England College and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Westfield State College.

Police Commission Chairman Kenneth Pascoe shared Brown’s enthusiasm adding, “The commission is fully supportive of this hire. Captain Canon came highly recommended, and we anticipate great things from him.” First Selectman Melissa M. Mack expressed her backing as well stating, “Chief Brown and the Police Commission are to be commended for securing the very best talent to help advance law enforcement in our town.”

The Town of Suffield is a quintessential New England town boasting a population of 16,600. The 28 strong Suffield Police Department is tasked with ensuring public safety under the helm of Chief Richard Brown. Brown has led the department since 2016 and maintains a steady focus on community outreach, school and traffic safety, and implementing best practices. More information is available at 

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