Robert Handy was sworn in Monday as San Bernardino’s new police chief. Handy described plans to use new technology to help fight crime and to deepen partnerships with residents and community organizations. (Micah Escamilla Correspondent)

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/17/2011 06:40:41 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Police Chief Robert Handy was sworn in before a crowd of colleagues and relatives Monday at the City Council meeting.

After taking the oath, Handy received a standing ovation and gave a brief speech outlining some of his objectives for the Police Department.

Handy said the department will “use technology to be more efficient and more effective in our tireless pursuit of criminals and we’ll continue to develop partnerships with individuals and agencies” to maximize efforts to improve the quality of life in the city.

Handy comes here after more than 21 years with the Phoenix Police Department, where he served four commands.

Those were the Tactical Bureau, the Office of Administration, the Training Bureau and the Maryvale patrol precinct, where he commanded 170 officers serving 110,000 residents in a high-crime area.

Handy twice earned the Medal of Valor and twice earned the City of Phoenix Excellence Award.

Mayor Pat Morris lauded Handy’s experience.

“You’re well-prepared for this responsibility,” he told Handy at Monday’s meeting.

Handy acknowledged San Bernardino has faced difficult economic times and public safety resources have suffered as a result.

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