On Friday the Bridgeport Police Academy will graduate 19 new city officers who will begin field training, as well as nine officers from area departments who will complete training and join their respective forces, according to Bridgeport police spokesman Bill Kaempffer. Graduation will take place 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 45 Lyon Terrace. Mayor Bill Finch and Police Chief Joe Gaudett will be in attendance.
During their six months in the academy, recruits completed a state-mandated curriculum established by the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council as well as community oriented projects such as reading to classes of fourth graders, serving food to the homeless and unemployed and, most recently, assisting the Point in Time Count, conducted annually to count the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people and families nationally.
Members from the graduating class:
Bridgeport Police: Juan C. Esquilin, Daniel J. Orlich III, Marcus A. Teixeira, Luis M. Moura, Anthony J. Caiazzo, Michael P. Neumahr, Eric J. Holder, Michael A. Novia, Michael A. Mazzacco, Joshua Ortiz, Keith W. Hanson, Carlos Pabon Jr., Donald D. Matejek Jr, Ian T. Schumaker, Codey Remy, Anthony Gianpoalo, Stavros Mirtsopoulos, John Topolski and Matthew Goncalves
Milford Police: Kyle D. Magnan
Stratford Police: Matthew K. Ackerman, Marc H. Halper, John J. Facto II, Kyle C. Lavin
Norwalk Police: Kelly M. Hollister
Naugatuck Police: Taylor H. Field, Anthony Mistretta
North Branford Police: Corey R. Lemmons