FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Heather Fagan 407.246.3423
Cassandra Lafser 407.246.2182
Mayor Dyer to Swear in Orlando's New
In May, Mayor Buddy Dyer appointed Paul Rooney as the new Chief of
Police of the Orlando Police Department. On Thursday, June 9, the
Orlando Police Department will hold the time-honored Change of Command
ceremony transitioning the departmentís responsibility from Chief
Demings to Chief Rooney.
The Change of Command is a traditional ceremony that will mark the
public transition from one Chief to the next. It marks a historic moment
in the history of the City of Orlando as Chief Paul Rooney is sworn in
as the 37th Police Chief.
As the newly appointed Police Chief, Rooney will oversee the day-to-day
operations of the department and serve as chief counsel to the Mayor on
matters of public safety. Chief Rooney has been a member of the Orlando
Police Department for more than 24 years and has been serving as Deputy
Chief for the more than three years. Chief Rooney has spent much of his
career overseeing tactical operations aimed at reducing violent crime
and taking drugs off the streets.
Since 2007, there has been a drastic reduction in crime, including
violent crime overall is down more than 40 percent. Mayor Dyer and Chief
Rooney will continue to dedicate all available resources to combating
crime. Through Mayor Dyerís multi-million dollar Public Safety
Initiative, the Orlando Police Department has bolstered the number of
officers on the streets, added new substations throughout the City and
invested in tools, training and technology for the department.
Thursday, June 9 at 10:00 A.M.
Doors will open at 9:00 A.M. for media to begin set-up.
*General public is invited to attend.
400 West Church Street
Please use the curb parking nearest to Amway Center on Church Street for
satellite trucks. Cars can park in Geico garage.
Complimentary parking is available on the 5th floor of Geico Garage for
the general public.
Will be held immediately following the ceremony.