TROY — With more than three decades of experience, Troy Police Department’s lead detective stepped down last week.
Captain Christopher Anderson retired last Friday. He recently reflected on his career helping solve his hometown’s criminal cases during his 31 years of service beginning on Sept. 10, 1984.
Inspired by an uncle and extended family to enter law enforcement, Anderson said the most notable case he and his department brought to justice was the arrest and conviction of Kenneth Brandt in 2012.
“The Brandt case which has not been that long ago will be one of my more memorable ones,” Anderson shared. “The scope of the investigation and almost pure luck that we were able to bring it to justice.”
Brandt pleaded guilty to rape and prostitution of three boys under the age of 12 whom he had adopted from Texas in 2013. He was in the process of adopting a fourth child when he was arrested at his home on Nutmeg Square North. An insurance salesman and local basketball league organizer, Brandt’s crimes were caught by the department’s Internet crimes task force along with other law enforcement agencies. Brandt, now 42, was sentenced to serve 60 years in prison.
Anderson also said working on the department’s three officer-involved shootings in 18 months will stand out in his career. Anderson said the cases he cited will be more memorable due to their high profile status.
Anderson, a native of Troy, said working in law enforcement in the same community for three decades is a “double-edged sword.”
“There are times you wished you didn’t know everybody, and there are times it’s beneficial,” he said.
Anderson said the most rewarding aspect of his career has been meeting people who worked at all levels of law enforcement.
“The people you meet, the people you work with. I’ve made a lot of good friends not only within the department here, but within federal and state agencies we’ve had to deal with,” he said.
Anderson shared how law enforcement has changed from the time he started as a patrol officer 30 years ago.
“It’s different than almost 30 years ago,” he said. “It’s a whole different beast now with social media — for good and for bad. The digital world of video and pictures, stuff like that, was something that we never would have thought of 30 years ago. It helps solving crimes compared to what we had in the old days when we were just looking for people who might have seen he or she do what he or she supposedly done.”
Anderson said he will likely kick-off the first few weeks of his retirement plans by catching up on his domestic duties with his wife Karen. He said he also looks forward to devoting more time to his hobbies such a hunting.
Jeff Kunkleman has been promoted to captain to replace Anderson in the detective division of Troy Police Department.
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