Armando J. "AJ" Perez, a 32 year veteran of the Bridgeport Police Department, was sworn in as Bridgeport Police Chief on March 1, 2016.
He was born in a small town west of Havana Cuba on December 16, 1955. He was the oldest of three sons born to Maximo and Rosa Perez. He is currently married to Isabel Perez, and has three children: Kelly Ann, Armand and Gabriella Perez. In June of 1968 his family had the good fortune to immigrate to the United States. They settled in Bridgeport where he and his brothers attended Saint Patrick’s School and later Kolbe High School. He later went on to work for Connecticut National Bank and attended Sacred Heart University.
On July 20th, 1983, Perez became a Police Officer for the City of Bridgeport. He was assigned to the Patrol Division where he worked the West Side of the City spending his first five years in Radio Car Blue 11 in the P.T. Barnum Housing Complex. He was reassigned to the East Side where he worked Radio Car Red 41, and later to the Green Sector Radio Car Green 35 and Amber Sector Radio Car Amber 23.
Perez was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1993, and assigned to the East Side of the City. In 1994 he was reassigned the Office of Internal Affairs. In 1998, he was assigned to the Mayor’s Office and later reassigned to the Chief of Police as his Executive Officer.
Perez was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2001 and was later assigned to the Professional Standards Division as the Officer in Charge of Sick and Injured Management. In October 2009, Perez was assigned to the Tactical Narcotics/Vice Division and was later promoted to the rank of Captain in 2010. In July of 2013, Captain Perez was placed in charge of the Detective Bureau as Commander where he remained until his appointment as Chief of Police.
Click here for directions