CARMEL, N.Y.— Longtime Carmel police officer Frank Chibbaro has been promoted to the rank of detective.

The Town Board awarded the promotion at its meeting last week.

Chibbaro, who resides in Yorktown, is a 1992 Mahopac High School graduate. He’s been on the Carmel police force for 17 years. He’s been the department’s D.A.R.E. officer since 2004, working in the school district’s elementary schools to promote the program’s anti-drug message.

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Chibbaro said that even though he’s been promoted to detective, he will remain with the D.A.R.E program.

“I will still be doing that full-time plus picking up regular investigations here and there,” he said.

Chibbaro said becoming a detective has been a career-long goal.

“I have been waiting for this for a long time,” he said. “Being a detective is something I’ve thought about ever since I got hired.”

Supervisor Ken Schmitt, a former Carmel police officer himself, recalled acting as Chibbaro’s training officer when Chibbaro first joined the force.

“I have known Frank since he was hired and we worked together in the same squad,” Schmitt said before swearing in the new detective. “I had the privilege of being one of his first field training officers. I enjoyed working with him and he’s a great guy. He takes his job very seriously.”

Schmitt said that Chibbaro’s work in the D.A.R.E. program has resonated throughout the community.

“He’s been teaching D.A.R.E since 2004 and he knows a lot of kids around the community and they still acknowledge him when they see him,” Schmitt said. “He’s handled all the youth investigations because of his expertise and knowledge.”

Councilman Jonathan Schneider praised Chibbaro for the work he does helping local charities to raise money.

“He is a great charity event basketball player,” Schneider said. “Year after year he’s always been exceptional at volunteering to get on the court and raise a few funds for charity.”

Schmitt echoed those sentiments, noting that Chief Mike Cazzari had highly recommended Chibbaro for the promotion and was pleased with his work.

“Frank always steps up in the community. When there’s something going on you can count on him to be there,” the supervisor said. “He’s an excellent police officer and I am proud to be part of this board that is promoting him to detective. I think it’s long overdue.  It is something that could have been bestowed upon him years ago.”