Greenwich's top brass gathered to celebrate the promotion of Master Police Officer Patrick Smythe to the rank of sergeant during a ceremony held at police headquarters Thursday.
After the Greenwich Police Department Honor Guard presented the Colors, First Selectman Peter Tesei read the oath, thus swearing in Sgt. Smythe, as family, friends, fellow officers, local clergy, former police chiefs and local and state leaders including Selectman David Theis, State Senator L Scott Frantz, and State Rep. Fred Camillo looked on.
After pointing out that it was the ninth promotion ceremony in the "new" police facility on Bruce Place completed two years ago, Greenwich Police Chief James Heavey, who was , congratulated Smythe and joked "my ceremony was bigger than yours — but yours has more priests…"
The ceremony also included an invocation by Police Chaplain Rev. Monsignor Frank C. Wissel, Pastor of St. Mary Church, and a benediction from Police Chaplain Rev. Thomas L. Nins, Pastor of First Baptist Church.
Sgt. Smythe grew up in Patchogue, NY, and graduated from Iona College in 1991 with a degree in business administration. He worked in the NYPD from April 1997 to Dec. 1997 before coming to the Greenwich Police Department.
As per the bio read by Lt. Thomas Keegan, Smythe is "IATA Certified, Dispatch Certified, Critical First Responder Certified, and trained in ICE rescue, accident investigation, DUI enforcement and crisis intervention." What's more "he's also a field training officer."
Promoted to Master Police Officer in July 2011, Smythe has been recognized with "numerous medical life saving awards, citations and commendations." Lt. Keegan said. In addition Smythe is a member of the Knights of Columbus.