Chief William R. Kohnke (1993-1996)

Chief William R. Kohnke

After a year and a half with Captain Daniel Ahearn serving as Acting Chief, William Kohnke from Colorado, was chosen as Police Chief and sworn in June 8, 1993. Kohnke initiated many progressive programs in Bristol. By obtaining technology grants, this web page was conceived and established in 1996, one of the first in the state. The installation of Mobile Data Terminals in the cruisers is another cutting edge tool in crime fighting. He also established the ERT (Emergency Response Team), a highly trained tactical group specially equipped to deal with barricaded persons, hostage situations and other emergencies. Kohnke resigned in 1996 and went on to become Chief in Pompano Beach, Florida.