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Harrigan named new Scotia police chief

Harrigan named new Scotia police chief

15-year law enforcement veteran replaces retired chief Peter Frisoni
Harrigan named new Scotia police chief
New Scotia Police Chief Dan Harrigan is pictured with his family.
Photographer: Photo provided

SCOTIA -- The Village Board on Wednesday night appointed Sgt. Daniel Harrigan as the new Scotia police chief.

Harrigan is replacing former chief Peter Frisoni, who retired in September after eight years as police chief. Harrigan has been acting chief for the last few weeks.

Harrigan, 40, is a village native with 15 years of law enforcement experience. He was hired by the Scotia department in 2004, went to the Schenectady Police Department for six years, and returned to Scotia in 2011. He became a sergeant in 2015, and has overseen investigations and other functions for the department.

"I've always been interested in department leadership at some point in my career," Harrigan said on Thursday.

The department primary deals with thefts and other property crimes, but Harrigan acknowledged that crime in the village of 7,700 people sometimes comes over from Schenectady, just across the Mohawk River. As is the case across the country, Scotia deals with the opioid epidemic, Harrigan acknowledged.

"Larcenies are the major thing and service to the community, keeping our focus on servicing the community, keeping it safe and protected," Harrigan said.

"My philosophy is community policing, community engagement," he said. "Whatever the community is dealing with, we will address it. We have property crimes, quality of life issues, a lot of community events. Building a strong relationship with the community is important."

Harrigan will earn $90,000 in the post. He is married with four children.

He is a graduate of Scotia-Glenville High School, Schenectady County Community College's law enforcement program, and the Zone 5 police academy. Prior to becoming a police officer, he worked in security for the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory.

"I think he's wonderful, he'll make a good chief," said Scotia Mayor Thomas Gifford, who swore Harrigan in Wednesday night.

The Village Board also appointed village officer Henry Brady, a 6 1/2-year veteran of the department, as a sergeant, replacing Harrigan.

The department has 13 officers providing around-the-clock coverage, including three sergeants.

Frisoni, who previously retired as a Schenectady Police Department captain, had been serving in the Scotia position for the last eight years while collecting a full pension from the Schenectady job. Harrigan's interest in becoming chief, however, led this summer to Frisoni's losing the waiver that had allowed him to collect both a paycheck and a pension. With five dependent children, Frisoni said in September, he couldn't afford the loss in pay.

Frisoni now works for the Public Employer Risk Management Association in Latham as a public safety risk management specialist -- a private sector position that doesn't affect his public pension.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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