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Colorado Springs Police Chief announces retirement after 33 years of service

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Posted at 3:06 PM, Jan 12, 2022

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — The Colorado Springs Police Department Chief, Vincent Niski, has announced his retirement after 33 years of service.

“When I reflect on the past 33 years, many moments come to mind. I picture events that will forever be embedded in my memory to include tragedy, important events, humor, and lasting relationships I have developed over the years. The Colorado Springs Police Department has been my home away from home and all of you have been part of my police family. The employees who serve this department do outstanding work that is often misunderstood or underappreciated. To all the men and women of the CSPD, ‘I want them to know that they, and their families, will always have my unwavering support, gratitude, and admiration. And most importantly it has been the greatest honor to serve alongside you.’ I would have never imagined that my journey in policing would have taken the route it did. I have been blessed with the opportunities this job has offered me and would not change a minute of it. I would have never imagined 33 years ago that I would have had the opportunity to be the chief of this great organization. I leave here with my head high knowing I worked for the best law enforcement agency in the country and alongside the best people in policing,” said Chief Niski.

Niski's retirement will be effective as of March 4, 2022.

“For 33 years, Vince has contributed his experience, leadership, and dedication to this community, and in his role as Chief, has continued to build a police department that is relentlessly committed to professionalism and service. Vince has led CSPD through incredibly challenging times for policing nationwide, and he has done so honorably. We will miss Vince in this role, but we are a city truly grateful for his service,” says Mayor John Suthers.

The decision to retire was made so Chief Niski can focus and spend time with his family.

Niski was officially sworn in as Chief in Feb. of 2019.

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