The Chief of Police James Heavey announced the retirement of Officer Robert Hansen Jr.
Officer Hansen is a Greenwich native and a second generation Greenwich Police Officer who has completed 28 years of service with the Department. Officer Hansen is the son of retired Detective Robert Hansen Sr. and between them they have served the Town of Greenwich for a combined 53 years.
After serving honorable in the United States Marine Corp, Robert Hansen returned to Greenwich and was sworn in as a Greenwich Police Officer in August of 1987 and graduated from the 205th Connecticut Municipal Police Training Council’s Basic Police Academy. He was promoted to Accident Car Investigator in 1999 and from 2002 until 2005 served as a Public Safety Dispatcher. Officer Hansen was a member of two highly selective and well sought after specialty teams at the Greenwich Police Department: The Special Response Unit and the Scuba Team. Historically, the first organized law enforcement institutions in America were the Night Watchmen. They were charged to maintain order and to “keep the Watch all night from sun setting unto sun rising. And if any stranger do pass by them he shall be arrested until morning.” Officer Hansen would embody this historical police figure and work steady Midnights for many years assigned to the Patrol Division.
Officer Hansen has received Chief Commendation’s for investigations and apprehensions of suspects from burglaries to bank robberies. In February of 2009, Officer Hansen would be recognized by the Chief of Police as the Officer of the Month for his dedication to duty while searching for an elderly woman with depression and dementia who had wandered off. On a bitterly cold night, Officer Hansen located the women shivering and suffering from hypothermia. She was secreted behind bushes in a snow bank far from the road. If not for Officer Hansen’s diligence and persistence, the victim would have inevitably suffered even greater injury and potentially death.
For many years, Officer Hansen was able to blend his love of baseball with his professional desire to help the community. Officer Hansen volunteered his personal time for years as the head coach for the Police Department sponsored Babe Ruth Baseball team. Officer Hansen used this position as an opportunity to interact with the Town’s youth as a positive role model and mentor for the boys. Most importantly, Officer Hansen’s efforts have resulted in letters of sincere gratitude from citizens thanking him for his professionalism and kindness.
“Bob has lived up to the Department’s vision to improve the quality of life within Greenwich while at the same time maintaining respect for individual rights and human dignity. We are fortunate that Bob will retain his affiliation with the Greenwich Police Department as a Special Police Officer. I wish Bob the best of luck in all his future endeavors.”– Chief James Heavey