MIDDLETOWN – The City of Middletown Police Department has announced the retirement of Chief Ramon Bethencourt, a 25-year veteran of the agency, effective July 31, 2017.
Chief Bethencourt began his career with the Middletown Police Department in December of 1992, rising through the ranks to become Orange County’s first African American Chief of Police in February of 2010.
Bethencourt previously served as a patrolman for the Village of Ellenville Police, from 1989 until his appointment to the Middletown Police Department.
Chief Bethencourt will be most remembered for his Community-Centered approach to policing, and his focus on the deployment of police officers and other department resources into the neighborhoods throughout the City, said members of the Middletown Police Department.
He is a graduate of the 233rd Session of the prestigious FBI National Academy, and has utilized the knowledge and experience he gained throughout his career to increase the level of professionalism and discipline within the organization.