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Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico, far left, greets Harriman residents of all ages — including those of the four-legged variety — during an open house last week at police headquarters. The furry friend, however, is the department’s K-9, which also proved popular with those attending the event. The open house gave the public the opportunity to meet Harriman’s Finest, including the department’s new leader.
New police chief tweaking operations

Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico has unique law enforcement experience, and he has a fresh perspective on the Harriman Police Department.

He’s taken a number of steps to look at ways to make the department better since taking the helm.

“First of all, I have done and continue to do a full audit of the entire organization, fiscal, equipment, training and inventory of a very aging patrol car fleet,” Pacifico said. “In doing so, I have reorganized some personnel into more efficient and productive jobs suited to their capabilities.”