Mon. Dec 4th, 2023

NEW BEDFORD — On June 1, 1986, Joseph Cordeiro joined the New Bedford Police Department. This Friday, nearly 35 years later, he will retire after serving as chief. What exactly his future holds he cannot, or will not, yet say. 

Cordeiro, who turns 57 this week, said he will spend a few months in Florida to sort out his thoughts for the future.

In this file photo, New New Bedford Police Chief Joseph C. Cordeiro speaks with those in attendance after being sworn in at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford.

“I have some ideas of how I can serve the residents of New Bedford… my wife will tell you I’m juggling all kinds of stuff in my head so we’ll see,” he said. “I hope to be serving in a different capacity at some point.”

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Prior to his five-year tenure as chief, Cordeiro served as division commander of the department’s downtown station and the commander of several units, including background investigations, juvenile, sexual assault, domestic violence, organized crime and narcotics, traffic and animal control.

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