A Weston High School graduate is expected to be sworn in Thursday as the town’s newest police officer.
Jason Greenfield, 26, who graduated from Weston High School in 2005, is the Police Commission’s choice to fill a patrol officer vacancy.
He is the son of David and Cheryl Greenfield of West Branch Road.
The swearing-in ceremony for Mr. Greenfield is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. at Weston Town Hall.
Mr. Greenfield has experience in emergency services and has been a member of the Weston Volunteer Fire Department since he was 16. Weston police Chief John Troxell said he has known Mr. Greenfield since he joined the Fire Department.
“I think the Police Commission made an excellent choice. Having grown up in Weston myself, I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for another local Weston person, and he will be the right fit for the town and the department,” Chief Troxell said.
As a firefighter, Mr. Greenfield has worked closely with Sgt. Pat Daubert on regional and local communication plans. “The Fire Department is so pleased that Jason got the job. This is a success story,” said fire Chief John Pokorny.
Mr. Greenfield is currently working on his bachelor’s degree, and has taken classes at Boston University and Norwalk Community College, Chief Troxell said.
On Jan. 3, Mr. Greenfield will attend the police academy in Meriden for six months of training. He will then have 10 weeks of field training in Weston before he goes on patrol. “I expect he’ll be on his own on the road by next October,” Chief Troxell said.
10th patrol officer
Mr. Greenfield will become the 10th patrol officer in the department, which also includes three sergeants, a detective and a police chief.
According to Chief Troxell, Mr. Greenfield’s starting salary will be $60,118.
The 10th officer position was cut from the department in 2010, when veteran officer Rich Palmiero retired. The position was added back into the 2013-14 budget. “We wanted the position back in order to return to a functional patrol level for regular service calls and for motor vehicle enforcement and investigations,” Chief Troxell said.
An additional patrol officer should also help the department handle its overtime costs, he said. “We should be able to reduce some administrative overtime, ‘Mile of Safety’ [along School Road] overtime, and overtime when officers take vacation and sick time,” Chief Troxell said.
Mr. Greenfield was chosen from a pool of five finalists for the position. Of the five, three were certified officers with previous police experience, and Mr. Greenfield and one other candidate had no previous police experience.
The five finalists were chosen from a field of applicants who passed a physical agility test, a written examination, and an oral examination administered by the department’s three sergeants.
The sergeants then compiled a list of their top five candidates for the Police Commission’s consideration.
Following interviews with each finalist, the commission made a conditional offer to Mr. Greenfield. An in-depth background check was then conducted, including a polygraph test, additional physical agility test, medical and drug screening, and psychological examination.