The Meeting Room at Weston Town Hall was packed Thursday morning as Jason Greenfield was sworn in by First Selectman Gayle Weinstein as Weston’s newest police officer.
The son of David and Cheryl Greenfield of West Branch Road, Mr. Greenfield is a local man and graduated from Weston High School in 2005.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Mr. Greenfield’s family and friends, members of the Police Commission and Weston Police Department and firefighters with the Weston Volunteer Fire Department, who showed up in dress uniform.
Mr. Greenfield has been a member of Weston’s fire department since he was 16. “We’re proud that Jason is joining the Police Department,” said fire Chief John Pokorny.
“We’re very fortunate and lucky to have Jason on board,” said police Chief John Troxell, who has known Mr. Greenfield for many years through his service with the Fire Department.
After the administration of the oath, Mr. Greenfield addressed the crowd. “I want to thank the Police Commission for this opportunity. I will serve you diligently. I would also like to thank my family and friends and the Fire Department, which has been a huge inspiration for me,” he said.
Mr. Greenfield, 26, is currently working on his bachelor’s degree, and has taken classes at Boston University and Norwalk Community College.
Because he does not have previous police experience or training, on Jan. 3, Mr. Greenfield will attend the police academy in Meriden for six months of specialized officer’s training. He will then have to serve 10 weeks of field training in Weston before he goes on patrol.
“I expect Jason will be on his own on the road by next October,” Chief Troxell said.
Mr. Greenfield was assigned Badge 30 by Chief Troxell. He is the 10th patrol officer in the department, which also includes three sergeants, a detective and a police chief.
The 10th officer position was cut from the department in 2010, after veteran officer Rich Palmiero retired. The position was added back into the 2013-14 budget.
Mr. Palmiero was there last Thursday, and he smiled as he congratulated Mr. Greenfield at the ceremony.
“This is a happy day for Weston. It’s great to be back for something like this,” Mr. Palmiero said. He added that he has been enjoying his retirement, but still thinks fondly about the people of Weston.
Mr. Greenfield was chosen from a pool of five finalists for the patrol officer position. Of the five, three were certified officers with previous police experience. Mr. Greenfield and one other candidate had no previous police experience.
The five finalists were chosen from a larger 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 testing, medical and drug screening, and a psychological examination.