Distinguished Alumni Award
Class of 2008, AS Homeland Security
Andre Croutch obtained his first degree in criminal justice in 1984 from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and became certified in homeland security by the American College of Forensic Examiners in 2005. He later attended Goodwin College and was one of the first homeland security graduates as well as the class valedictorian in 2008.
While pursuing his education at both Roger Williams University and Goodwin College, Andre served a total of 27 years with the Glastonbury Police Department and received countless awards and professional recognitions for his extraordinary contributions to the town. His specialties included crime prevention training, asset assessment and risk analysis, counter-terrorism and advanced crime scene investigation.
Andre began his career with the Glastonbury Police Department in 1981 as a patrolman, conducting police background and criminal investigations, preparing written reports and compiling criminal statistics. During this time, Andre received five commendations that recognized him for going above and beyond his duties in serving the community. The commendations were for outstanding traffic direction, lifesaving for a drowned child, the arrest of individuals who committed 20 acts of criminal mischiefs, the investigation of a burglary that led to the arrest of an escaped prisoner from Vermont, and an interagency investigation that led to two arrests for narcotics, larceny and fraudulent medical practices. The latter also led to a letter of recognition in addition to one for obtaining a confession from a suspect and one for solving larceny in the third degree. Andre also received a letter of appreciation for saving a motor vehicle accident victim’s life, and in 1991, he was presented with an award for leadership in the Glastonbury Community Service Officer Program.
Andre held the position of patrolman until 2003 when he received a lateral transfer to detective due to his investigative skills. As detective, Andre spearheaded several programs such as the part-time Community Officer Program for the town of Glastonbury and a Respiratory Protection Program. He prides himself in becoming a counter-terrorism officer in his department and taking numerous classes at the Department of Homeland Security for weapons of mass destruction awareness, prevention and deterrence of terrorist acts. His duties in the terrorism arena involved identifying terrorism risks to the State of Connecticut, assessing the vulnerability of a particular building and/or event and developing a plan to mitigate any potential act of violence or hazard, training police officers on weapons of mass destruction awareness, deterrence, prevention and radiological/nuclear awareness, and maintaining and issuing all equipment designed to protect against weapons of mass destruction.
From 2005 – 2007, Andre received several more commendations and unit commendations for successfully developing and implementing a sting operation that solved many outstanding larcenies and led to arrest, collecting DNA evidence, which led to the arrest of a suspect and investigating multiple assaults in town that led to the arrest of four suspects.
After retiring from the Glastonbury Police Department, Andre became involved with Hockanum Industries, a non-profit organization that provides remunerative employment and training opportunities to developmentally disabled individuals, as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Acting Executive Director until 2011. In this role, Andre hired and managed staff, developed office policies and worked with the employee union and the Connecticut Department of Social Services.
In addition to his role at the Glastonbury Police Department and Hockanum Industries, Andre has operated his own business in electronic security since 1987. Gold Shield Home Security Services specializes in residential and commercial burglar and fire alarm systems and closed-circuit camera systems.
Andre has brought extraordinary credit to Goodwin College through his 27 years in law enforcement and his countless professional achievements.