BRADENTON -- Fellow officers plan to send retiring Bradenton Police Department Deputy Chief Keith Davis out in style at a retirement party at noon Tuesday at the Kingdom Life Christian Church, 825 Ninth St. W.
Davis, whose BPD career spans 25 years, will retire May 24.
"Deputy Chief Davis has served as a credible adviser and his extensive investigative background is beyond reproach," said Police Chief Michael Radzilowski. "He ranks as one of the best criminal interrogators that I have worked with over my four decades of law enforcement experience. He has been instrumental in overseeing or investigating every major criminal investigation that has occurred in the city of Bradenton over the past two decades."
Davis said he always wanted to spend his entire career at the Bradenton Police Department.
"I've had the good fortune to work for such a professional organization with an outstanding staff," Davis said. "I can't overstate the support I have received from Mayor/Police Commissioner Wayne Poston, the business community and citizenry."
Davis began his career April 25, 1988 as a parking enforcement officer with the BPD.
He was transferred to the patrol division July 20, 1988, where he served until transferred to the Special Investigations Unit in October 1992.
Davis rose through the ranks of patrol and detective divisions and became deputy chief of police April 1, 2012.
Davis has also served as SWAT team member and commander and is an advanced firearms instructor.
In 1997, Davis was named Officer of the Year by the Police Benevolent Association.
Radzilowski said Davis' expertise, professionalism and knowledge of law enforcement practices will be greatly missed.
"The deputy chief's steadfast leadership to the men and women of this police department and dedicated service to the citizens of the city of Bradenton will be remembered for years to come," Radzilowski said.