After 29 years of service, 21 years of that time with the Village of Goshen Police Department, Sergeant John Manna will have his last shift on patrol on May 30. He has been a sergeant for 14 years, a highlight of which was developing the department K9 program. He was the sole K9 handler for 3 years and played key roles in other department programs.
His walk out ceremony will conclude Village of Goshen Memorial Day Parade activities on May 30, at 2:30 p.m. Lineup for the ceremony will be promptly at 2:15 p.m. The walk out will be held at the Village of Goshen Police Department located at 1 Grand St.
Manna comes from a law enforcement family. His father was a retired New York City police officer, and his son, Jacob, is a police officer with the Village of Goshen Police Department. Manna is a 1989 graduate of Goshen High School. He and his wife, Patricia, have two other sons, Alec and Ryan.
Manna started his law enforcement career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on April 10, 1993. He graduated from the Orange County Police Academy in 1996, where he was presented with the “Outstanding Officer Award” for highest overall scores in academics, physical agility and firearms.
Manna previously worked for the Town of Blooming Grove PD and the Town of Goshen PD. He started with the Village of Goshen Police Department on November 13, 2000, as a patrolman. From 2004 to 2006, he served as school resource officer in Goshen High School. In 2006, he became a detective and was promoted to his current rank of sergeant on May 26, 2007.
For using a defibrillator and CPR to save the life of a Village resident, in 2012, he was given a Department Life Saving Award.
Manna served as the Orange County BOCES Arden Hill Campus School Resource Officer for the 2013-2014 school year. Then from 2015 through 2016, he served as department field training officer.
In 2017, Manna secured funding for and developed the department’s K9 Explosive Ordinance Detection Program. He served with his beloved partner, K9 Mel, from 2018 through 2021, until K9 Mel’s untimely passing in December 2021.
As senior sergeant in the police department, Manna has been in charge of fleet and equipment purchasing, maintenance and assignment. Meanwhile, he has been an active member of the Goshen Fire Police since 2011.
Manna and his wife, Patricia, will relocate to North Carolina after his retirement.