Malloch is new assistant police chief

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PORTLAND — Police Chief Michael Sauschuck announced Monday that Cmdr. Vernon Malloch will be the department’s next assistant chief.

Malloch joined the department in 1984 and was promoted to commander in 2010. He has served as interim assistant chief for six months and previously led the department’s Tactical Enforcement Unit, the Jetport Unit in the wake of Sept. 11, and the Special Services Unit at various point throughout his career, according to a City Hall press release Monday.

Malloch was chosen for the post after an internal department search. As assistant chief, he will oversee criminal investigations, support services, and crime reduction strategies.

“Vern’s wealth of knowledge and policing expertise make him uniquely qualified for the position of Assistant Chief,” Sauschuck said. “I have known and worked with Vern for more than a decade and I would be hard pressed to name anyone who understands or cares more about this city and its people.”

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