Greenwich Police Marine Officer Shawn Fox to Retire after Decades on the Water


On April 2, Greenwich Police announced that Technician Shawn Fox will cast his anchor for the last time to pursue a new passion— enjoying a well-deserved retirement.

Office Fox has spent the last 25 years literally on the water.  As the Marine Technician in the Greenwich Police Dept’s Marine Section, his job has been to patrol and protect Greenwich’s 27 miles of coastline and the thousands of boaters who traverse its waterways each year, as well as maintaining the department’s three vessels.

When Technician Fox became a Greenwich police officer in 1987, he earned his sea legs after serving in the United States Navy.

His Navy skills, including extensive navigational and vessel knowledge and an uncanny ability to stay calm, made him a perfect fit for Greenwich Police Department’s Marine Section.

He was promoted to Marine Technician in 2009, becoming the de facto “first mate” in the Marine Section.

As a Marine Technician, Officer Fox has answered numerous distress calls, ranging from water rescues and runaway boats to medical emergencies and capsized vessels.  He has also conducted countless vessel safety checks and was the Department’s ice rescue trainer.

Technician Fox has garnered many commendations for his bravery, quick action, and extraordinary skills, one of these rewards being the 2014 Dr. John Clarke Greenwich Police Officer of the Year.

“I’ve worked with Shawn for many years, and one thought comes to mind as I reflect upon his service: pride. Shawn was proud to be a Police Officer and proud to be a member of the Greenwich Police Department.  He worked hard to make the community that he grew up in a better place.  Shawn is an expert mariner and, while assigned to the Marine Section, was always working to provide a safe environment on the waters of Long Island Sound.  I look forward to his continued service with the Town in his capacity as a Special Police Officer. I wish him luck,” said Greenwich Chief James Heavey.