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New Windsor’s Deputy Police Chief Michael Farbent retired Friday after 37-years of service to the town. Deputy Chief Farbent, an FBI National Academy graduate, held many ranks within the police department over his career including: Sergeant, Lieutenant and Deputy Chief. In August of 2018, he became just the second Deputy Police Chief in the long history of the Police Department. He was also a K-9 handler for 7 years and the Police Academy Director of the Orange County Police Chiefs Association’s Police Academy for 1 year. In 1999, Deputy Chief Farbent was awarded as ‘Officer of the Year’ after locating and pursuing a vehicle and its two occupants who had just fled the scene of an armed robbery at Cowan’s Jewelers. His actions resulted in the arrest of the occupants, who were armed with two loaded handguns.
Town Supervisor George Meyers stated, “That during Deputy Chief Farbent’s 37-year career he has made major contributions to the current professionalism of the Town of New Windsor Police Department.”
Chief Doss added, “Deputy Chief Farbent will be greatly missed by everyone at the Police Department. Throughout his entire career, he was always a well-respected Officer that was known for his intelligence and his knowledge of police practices. His presence and leadership as a long-standing member of the police department’s administration has been invaluable, not only to me but to the entire community. I know I will personally miss his input in the day to day operations of the department. I wish him the very best in retirement, he certainly earned it.”