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Madison Gets Three New Police Officers

Officers sworn in Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, include Jeff Mazzetta, William DeGoursey, and Michael Brown.

 

Three new police officers were sworn into the Madison Police Department Thursday, Dec. 13, including Officer Jeff Mazzetta, Officer William DeGoursey, and Officer Michael Brown.

Officer Michael Brown comes to the Madison Police Department from the Connecticut State police. He served as a patrol trooper based at Troop F (Westbrook), Troop K (Colchester), and Troop E (Montville), as well as the state police resident trooper in Old Lyme. His duties included general police services, highway patrol, criminal and motor vehicle incident investigations resulting in arrests and convictions.

Brown's special training includes hazardous materials, arson investigations, crime scene investigations, fire marshal classes/explosives recognition, advanced DWI detection, field officer training, telecommunications training-E911, defensive tactics, and open water diving.

Prior to being a state trooper, Brown worked for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, responsible for the supervision of juvenile, court-sentenced detainees being held for a range of offenses including misdeameanors to serious juvenile offenses.

Brown has received two life-saving awards, two outstanding police service awards, and one unit citation.

Officer Jeff Mazzetta comes to the Madison Police Department with a 20-year career in policing with the Connecticut State Police as a state trooper. He has received basic military training in the United States Air Force as a law enforcement specialist.

Mazzetta was assigned as the school resources officer in Regional School Districts 17 and 13 where he was a certified DARE officer teaching classes in laws for teen drivers, DWI and diver safety classes, assisted DCF with interview at the schools responding to hotline calls, and assisted in obtaining a tri-town grant for underage drinking enforcement.

Mazzetta served as a patrol trooper based at Troop F (Westbrook) and Troop I (Bethany) and was a FTO (field training officer) for six years. His special training includes gang identification and drug detection for public school security personnel, as well as SRO advanced emergency medical dispatch, underage drinking enforcement training, gang identfication and drug detection training for SROs, states attorney legal training (ten week program), criminal investigations to include sexual assaults, larcenies, burglaries, and narcotics violations.

Mazzetta received the Connecticut State Police "Meritorious Service" Award in 2005.

Officer William DeGoursey comes to Madison following a 27-year career in policing with the Branford Police Department. He retired from Branford as a detective with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven.

As a detective, he investigated homicides, sexual assaults, home invasions, robberies, arsons, burglaries, assaults, financial and computer crimes as well as narcotics violations. DeGoursey received the Criminal Justice Achievement Award for academic accomplishments, while simultaneously a full-time police officer.

DeGoursey's training includes special response team/SWAT, UNH Dr. Henry Lee Institute: tactical interrogation, John Jay College: advanced DNA collection, POST: outlaw motorcycle gangs in Connecticut, crisis negotiations, counter terrorism/risk assessment, FBI SWAT training, conversational Spanish, crime scene photography and investigation, among others.

DeGoursey has participated in hundreds of serious felonies and since 2010 has headed and overseen the development and implementation of the Local DNA Index System, known as LODIS, in the Branford Police Department, which is the first localized DNA database in New England.

Sadly No December 23, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Welcome to Troop M!
Brian December 23, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Very sad. The future of this department is at risk. They hire only retired officers. If I was a young officer in this department I would leave. No possibility for promotion beyond sgt. The Chief may be hiring excellent retired officers but he is damaging the future of this department!!!! How unfortunate.
Mark Jones December 23, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Glad to hear they are finally getting a full staffed Marine Patrol back, regardless of the cost.
Jane Smith December 23, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Wait, now you guys are complaining because the chief hired 3 experienced, educated, reputable officers? The Madison police department has NEVER been better.
Mark Jones December 23, 2012 at 05:01 PM
@ Brain. Good point. I think the younger officers without political connections, are already leaving. Now that you mention it, there will likely be another mass exit from Madison Police all at once in the future when all these older former Ct State Police and other agency guys reach their second or third pension benchmarks. You're right that the Police Commission sugar coats it now to make it look good, but have no planning for the future of our town. They don't care about that because they too will all be gone by then and it will be someone else's problem. Very poor leadership with no incite. You would think that the Police Chief would at least try to educate them to handle this in a better way.
Sadly No December 23, 2012 at 05:11 PM
What about the article in the NHR the other day about the former cop who is suing the town. The Judge believes there is enough evidence to go to trial. Why isn't this article on the Patch? http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2012/01/28/news/shoreline/doc4f2380df6f0f8148775055.txt
Jane Smith December 23, 2012 at 05:38 PM
While I disagree with Brian and Mark in the sense that I believe the Chiefs new hires will be good for the department. The new officers need good role models; something that was lacking at the OLD Madison Police Department. The Chief is filling the department with good experienced officers that new officers can learn positive things from. If the town wants to attract more young officers that want to make Madison a career there is one simple solution. Improve the benefits and give the Madison Police Officers a decent retirement and health insurance after retirement. The Madison Police have one of the worst contracts in the state. This is the only reason why it is difficult to attract new young GOOD candidates. Why apply to Madison when there are so many other departments that offer more as a career?Madison is a good place to work when you already have a good retirement and health benefits.
Mark Jones December 23, 2012 at 07:04 PM
The local Madison Police Union should be offering and accepting both contract and pension concessions just like the rest of us in these troubled economic times. Guess Jane never heard of the state and federal deficit, bankruptcies, foreclosures, unemployment or fiscal cliff.
Matt December 23, 2012 at 07:07 PM
You want good pay and benefits to attract young motivated new officers to build a career in Madison? Fine, but we'll have to dispense with other far more important things like the bird park.....
Mark Jones December 23, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Did they save a leadership position for her if she comes back.
Die Hard December 23, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Jane is a Madison cop or police commissinor
Sarah Page Kyrcz December 23, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Sadly No ~ The NHR story you refer to was published 11 months ago. In addition, it was mentioned in a Madison Patch piece. http://madison-ct.patch.com/articles/town-reaches-settlement-with-fired-police-officer
Jane Smith December 23, 2012 at 10:43 PM
No I am not a Madison Cop or police commissioner. I just happen to have an opinion you disagree with. There are others who agree with me and are also not affiliated with either. You are not understanding what I'm telling you. The bottom line is you get what you pay for. This town wants so much but is unwilling to give as much as every other town/pd is giving their officers. How can you expect a new officer to make his/her career here when its the worst pd in the state for pensions and benefits?! Be realistic. All the other towns in CT are taking better care of their officers. The only people who can afford to work at Madison PD already have pensions and continued health benefits. You just don't want to pay for that so you have to accept the situation. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Frankly, I think its a pretty great PD anyway.
Matt December 23, 2012 at 11:45 PM
It's a great way to save money if you only think in the short term. Look how much money we're saving today. Super. But look a year or two or five or ten into the future. It's empty. There isn't one. We keep hiring cops that will be gone in a few years. The few rookies we get will also be gone in a few years, because they have no promotional or financial reason to stay. This is not building a police department. It's building a body factory.
Die Hard December 24, 2012 at 12:42 AM
How many troopers now work for Troop M?
Brian December 24, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Jane, I understand your point. However, we are not focusing on the future. I understand hiring a few experienced retired officers, but when Almost EVERY single hire from the new chief has been from State police that raises some serious concerns. Once again, nothing against the new hires as they are all exceptional, highly trained officers but its time chief starts focusing on future! You all wait.....10 years from MPD will be scrambling to fill 10 vacant spots and we will have no senior patrol officers on the road. A problem from our future chief...chief drumm might not care but this will affect future leadership at MPD. These commissioners are clueless. Happy holidays everyone!
Mark Jones December 24, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Matt makes some good realistic points about town finances. I don't know what Jane is talking about nor do I think she does about all those other great pensions at other P.D.s. The trend with most of them is pension concessions or getting completely away from pensions altogether and going to 401-K plans for new hires, just like corporate America does in the private sector. If you want to attract and keep young ambitious Officers, maybe try treating them with a little more respect rather than second rate coffee boys and girls for the new supreme C.S.P. hires. MPD is sinking, going backwards and downhill quickly under current leadership. If all you keep hearing is how woundeful everything is, that's a sign it isn't.
Mark Jones December 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Younger enthusiastic and energetic proactive officers excited about service our community as their chosen profession with the hopes of sought after assignments, positions and ranks is a thing of the past at the Madison Police Department. What we have now are retired officers from other departments and agencies winding down their careers in reactive mode, merely collecting another paycheck while counting down their time to collect another pension. They already put in their time elsewhere so we can't really put the blame on them for doing the bare minimum now if that's all that is expected from the current administration. Good old boys in the one hand washes the other mode.
Sadly No December 30, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Welcome to Troop M! Glad to see Bob moving on to bigger and better things

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