Two captains in the Troy Police Department are retiring.
According to a Facebook post by Capt. Terry Buchanan he and Capt. John Cooney are having their retirement party this Friday at the Park Pub at Frear Park starting at 4:30 p.m. Far be it for me to invite anyone to their retirement party but it was on a social media site and is does conclude with “all are welcome to stop by.”
I’ve known them both since I first started at The Record – and they were around long before I was.
Buchanan used to write a column for the paper and Cooney was the Police Benevolent Association President when I first came aboard.
Buchanan now heads up the Internal Affairs division and Cooney is the Public Information Officer.
|BUCHANAN is sworn in as captain by TEDESCO|
For what it’s worth, I found both men to be upstanding police officers and individuals. I could kill an hour talking – not just about cop stuff but anything - to Buchanan on Broadway and his opinion often played a part in formulating my weekly columns. And Cooney was always honest and forthright – he told you what he could on the record but more importantly made sure we of the Fourth Estate understood what was really going on.
I’m sure there will be all sorts of scuttlebutt about the reason they are leaving is the turmoil among the TPD hierarchy over the past couple years and that may have played a factor. But, they’ve been around long enough to know most turmoil is just a passing phase and in time things will go back to normal. Maybe not the same as it was pre-turmoil, but normal just the same.
In the end, while I have not talked to either of them yet, I’m guessing they just thought it was their time to move on and I wish both men well in their retirement. I’m sure their presence and professionalism will be missed at the TPD.
The upshot is, now maybe they can tell me all the stuff they couldn't tell me before.