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Long-serving Suffolk police officer named city’s new chief
Long-serving Suffolk police officer named city’s new chief

SUFFOLK – A 27-year-old Suffolk police officer will become the city’s new police chief, the city announced Friday.

James “Danny” Buie was appointed to the position by City Manager Albert S. Moor II and will begin his new position on July 8, according to a news release. Buie had been interim chief since October, when Chief Alfred “Al” Chandler retired.

The city said it conducted a nationwide search and sought feedback from the public as well as internal departmental input.

Buie has worked his way up since being hired in 1996, serving in many positions, including training director, special investigations narcotics officer and chief of the neighborhood enforcement team, uniform patrol and special operations divisions and Sector II district, the city said. He was promoted to deputy chief of criminal investigations in 2017.

Buie has also earned numerous credentials during his tenure, including lead hostage negotiator, SWAT team leader and commander, gang specialist, firearms and active threat instructor, and new officer leadership trainer. He is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Center School, the Professional Executive Leadership School, and the FBI National Academy.

Jane Harper, [email protected]

By Isla