Waterford gained two newly-trained officers Wednesday at the 344th Recruit Class of the Police Officer Standards and Training Council graduation. The graduation ceremony was held at the Mercy High School Auditorium in Middletown.
The class included 50 police officers representing 27 municipal police departments, as well as the state Department of Motor Vehicles and the Capitol Police, according to a statement from the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
The recruits completed a 880 hours of basic training at the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden. Class training included academic and practical skills, firearms, defensive tactics, patrol driving, penal code, motor vehicle law, laws of arrest, search and seizure and various of other topics, according to the statement.Recruits Sylvestre and Firmin graduated from the Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC) and will be joining Waterford Police Department. Lieutenants Bellos and Mahoney attended the ceremonies for the new officers and said: "Congratulations Mike and Megan as you embark on your careers here at the WPD."