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New Darien Police Officer, a Naval Reservist, Brings Experience from Stratford

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The Darien Police Department announced the hiring of its newest officer, Matthew Ackerman, who was sworn in on Monday morning. He previously worked 7 years for Stratford police. At the Stratford department he was on the dive team, helicopter team, and an emergency medical technician. In a small ceremony Monday morning, Ackerman was sworn in by a member of the Darien Police Commission, and had his badge presented to him by Police Chief Donald Anderson. “It is indeed my pleasure to welcome Officer Matthew Ackerman to the Darien Police Department.

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Darien Police Department Hires a New Officer

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Darien police welcomed Bryce Brown as a probationary police officer and the department’s newest member on Monday. The new officer is a former high school-level teacher and police officer. A former member of the Bethel Police Department, Brown graduated from the Connecticut Police Academy a year ago, in June 2018. Shortly after 3 p.m. in a small ceremony on Monday, Police Commissioner Kim Huffard and Chief Ray Osborne swore in Bryce Brown as a probationary police officer. Since Brown already had the necessary training and certification as a police officer, he will undergo a modified field training program and is expected to be ready to begin patrol on his own in a matter of weeks.

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Police Chief Raymond Osborne to Retire Sept 1 After Two Years Running the Department

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Darien Police Chief Ray Osborne, a 35-year veteran of the Darien Police Department, has announced he will retire later this year on Sept. 1. Osborne notified the Darien Police Commission and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson earlier this week. — an announcement from Darien Police Department
Osborne began his career with Darien PD in 1983 after starting his career with the Easton Police Department in 1981.  He was appointed to the Detective Division in December 1996. He was promoted to sergeant in September 2000, lieutenant in September 2008 and captain in July 2016.  Upon the retirement of Chief Duane Lovello, the Darien Police Commission named Osborne the tenth chief of police, and he was sworn into office on Feb.

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Three on Darien Police Force Each Mark 35 Years of Service

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Three uniformed members of the Darien Police Department recently marked their 35th year on the force — Police Chief Ray Osborne, Capt. Donald Anderson and Lt. George Vitone. Anderson and Osborne actually joined the force on the same day back in 1983, the men previously recalled. At the most recent Darien Police Commission meeting, Chairman J. Paul Johnson brought the matter up:

“I think they deserve a good hand for sticking with it for 35 years,” Johnson said, prompting applause from the board members and others in the room at the Dec. 5 commission meeting. “That was Dec.

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Darien’s Two New Police Officers Will Be in Training Until After Christmas

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Darien Police Department filled its last two open positions on Thursday when two new, probationary police officers were sworn in in front of their families, other police officers and town officials, but it will take a while before they’re through training. Staff Shortage Likely Means Less Use of Police Boat
The two new officers will be training until after Christmas, said Police Chief Raymond Osborne. In fact, as Town Administrator Kathleen Buch said earlier in the week, the department has two other officers expected to be on medical leave, which means that the agency, with about 55 sworn officers, will have essentially four vacancies for much of the year. Buch told the Board of Selectmen on Monday that in order to avoid excessive overtime, Osborne had told her the Darien police boat likely won’t be used on weekdays early in the boating season. “That’s too bad,” First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said.

Darien Police Hire New Officer with Law Enforcement and Hospital Experience

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The Darien Police Department has hired a new officer with a year-and-a-half experience on the New Haven police force and previous work as a psychiatric technician at Stamford Hospital. Because he’s already gone through a police academy, the department won’t have to pay for Officer Burr “BJ” Allen’s training. Burr was sworn in shortly before Wednesday’s regular, 4 p.m. Police Commission meeting. Darien police issued a news release about the hiring, which said in part:
Officer Allen grew up in New Canaan, graduating high school from the Berkshire School in Massachusetts. He continued his education at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Penn. , where he was a member of both the football and lacrosse teams.

Officer Allen was sworn in at a meeting of the Darien Police Commission on July 5, 2017.

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Darien Police Commission Promotes Three Officers

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On March 16, 2017, the Darien Police Commission announced the following promotions that will take effect on Sunday, March 19:


— an announcement from Darien Police Department. These promotions follow vacancies resulting from the resignation of former Chief Duane Lovello, who was replaced by Ray Osborne, formerly a captain in the department. __________
Promoted to Captain: Lieutenant John P. Lawlor
Captain John Lawlor is a thirty-one year veteran of the Department. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2000 and Lieutenant in 2013 where he served as a supervisor in the Patrol and Training divisions. He instituted the Department’s Crisis Intervention Team and also the Department’s Project Lifesaver program.

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Several Darien Police Officers Commended for Exemplary Acts

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Four Darien police officers have been commended by the Police Commission for their actions in two recent incidents — one involving a female who appeared to be intent on hurting herself; the other, a man found unconscious in a swimming pool. Commendations went to Officers Edwin Vigil, Greg Benedetto, Kevan Taggart and Sgt. Alison Hudyma. The following descriptions of their actions came from a police spokesman and from the minutes of the Sept. 19 meeting of the Darien Police Commission:

The first incident (unrelated to the second), took place on Aug.

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2016 Becoming a Big Year of Changes at Darien Police Department

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New police officers are adding a “Class of 2016” to the Darien Police Department, which just saw the departure of another police officer, another come off of probation after a year with the department and recent promotions after some senior officials retired. The department is also getting a new police dog and expects to have a new police boat in service this year. Many of those changes were reviewed at a recent meeting of the three-member Darien Police Commission, which has to approve most of the changes. In, Out
Police Officer Kathy Conlin, the second female officer hired in the department, has resigned from the force and will work as a constable for the Tokeneke Association, which hires former Darien officers to patrol its private roads. “Kathy was a really popular member of this department,” Chief Duane Lovello told the commission.

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Another Senior Police Official Leaves: Detectives Commander Lt. Ronald Bussell to Retire

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Darien Police Lt. Ronald Bussell, commander of the detective division, and his wife, Nancy, a clerk in the records division, will both retire from the department in the next few months. “This is a little bittersweet here,” Police Chief Duane Lovello said. On the one hand, he wishes the couple a great retirement, he said; on the other, the department will lose a lot of acquired experience Lt. Bussell acquired over the years. “You’d be hard-pressed to find somebody that works harder than Ronald Bussell,” Lovello said. “He really has been an absolute tremendous asset to this department, but he’s put in a lot of years.