Gloversville Common Council recognizes outgoing police officers

Gloversville Police Chief Marc Porter, right, presents Sgt. Darren Coupas a proclamation of congratulations and commendation upon his retirement after 20 years of service during Tuesday’s Common Council meeting. (The Leader-Herald/Ashley Onyon)

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council and Police Chief Marc Porter on Tuesday recognized Sgt. Darren Coupas upon his retirement after 20 years of service, before city officials surprised the outgoing chief with a proclamation honoring his own retirement after 22 years of service.

Porter presented a proclamation to Coupas on behalf of the city congratulating and honoring him upon his retirement. Coupas began his career with the Gloversville Police Department as a police officer in 1999.

While he moved up through the department to hold the rank of sergeant in 2014, Porter credited Coupas for his efforts over the years providing guidance and training to other officers, serving as a member of the Glove Cities Emergency Response Team, acting as the department’s critical stress debrief counselor, managing the incident based reporting system for the agency as liaison to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services and playing an instrumental role in organizing National Night Out.

Porter additionally recognized Coupas for saving a local man’s life on Jan. 22, 2011 after the individual fell into the Cayadutta Creek around 1:42 a.m. when temperatures were below freezing.

“We wish Darren Coupas and his family the very best in his retirement,” Porter said, offering the city’s appreciation and gratitude to Coupas for 20 years of dedicated service.

Porter then presented Coupas the proclamation as those in attendance at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting rose in applause.

“I’d like to thank the council, the city and all the men and women I’ve worked with the last 20 years. Thank you and be safe,” said Coupas.

As Porter resumed his seat in the council chambers, Mayor Vincent DeSantis called him back to the center of the room to receive a “surprise” proclamation that was heralded moments earlier by the arrival of Porter’s family and friends.

“Chief Porter has been really exemplary, a standout,” DeSantis said introducing the proclamation.

Porter began his career in law enforcement in 1996 as a police officer with the Northville Police Department, later working as a communications specialist with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office before joining the Gloversville Police Department in February 1998.

Porter moved up the ranks throughout his career with the department until he was named chief of police on Feb. 28, 2016.

“Marc D. Porter served as a mentor, provided training and guidance to many police officers, detectives, first-line supervisors and command staff members,” said DeSantis reading the proclamation. “Throughout the course of his career he was repeatedly recognized as being a critical component of major investigations and successfully managed many critical incidents.”

The proclamation went on to highlight Porter’s achievements over the course of his career including his role in reforming the Glove Cities Emergency Response Team while securing over $400,000 in grant funding to support the specialized unit, and his successful efforts to secure accreditation for the department through DCJS in September 2017.

Porter additionally instituted a digital policy for the department, developed policies and implemented body worn cameras for officers, established a school resource officer program to serve the Gloversville Enlarged School District and reestablished the department’s K-9 program.

“The leadership, dedication and commitment Marc D. Porter has demonstrated resulted in the Gloversville Police Department to be recognized as an elite law enforcement agency in the capital district on multiple occasions,” said DeSantis. “Now therefore as mayor of the city of Gloversville I do hereby express the city’s sincere appreciation and gratitude to Marc D. Porter for his 22 years of dedicated, selfless service to the city. We wish him and his family the very best in his retirement.”

Those in attendance, including many members of the Gloversville Police Department, rose in applause as DeSantis presented Porter the proclamation.

Porter thanked DeSantis and the council for their recognition and support, while pointing to the contributions of the members of the city police to the furtherance of the department over the years.

“Thank you very much, this has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever really done, serve the community that I grew up in. I couldn’t have done any of these things without really everybody here, so all I can say is thank you. I think the city is very fortunate to have the infrastructure in place, the public safety agencies that are here, our council, the dedicated men and women that work tirelessly to make this happen,” said Porter.

Porter then called his family to join him, saying, “This is what it’s all about. Thank you.”

Following the recognition Porter introduced the council to the newest members of the Gloversville Police Department who were recently hired to fill vacancies caused by retirements and military deployments of several members this year. The four new patrol officers are Jesse Cheney, Meagan Beddel, Dakota Nemecek and Anthony Young.

“Thank you very much and welcome aboard,” said Porter.

Porter additionally introduced K-9 RJ joined by his handler, Officer Michael Quattrocchi, who completed patrol training in December and are currently undergoing narcotics training. Quattrocchi and RJ are expected to begin serving the city in March.

Before resuming his seat Porter commended the police staff once more, voicing his confidence in their ability to carry on following his retirement effective Feb. 29.

“I think the department is in great hands, I look forward to turning things over to Capt. [Anthony] Clay and the rest of our command staff, [Lt.] Brad Schaffer, [Lt.] Mike Garavelli and all of the other dedicated men and women that we have carrying the torch and really making Gloversville a safer community for us,” said Porter. “I think they’re just getting started and I think there a lot of good things coming.”

By Josh Bovee

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