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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.

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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