Christopher Proudfoot is Weston’s newest police officer

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Police Commission Chairman Bill Brady congratulates Weston’s newest police officer, Christopher Proudfoot, who was sworn-in on Friday, July 1. — Gregory Menti photo

A 23-year veteran of the Westport Police Department is now patrolling Weston.

Christopher Proudfoot was sworn-in as Weston’s newest patrolman on Friday, July 1.

He was joined by friends, family, representatives from Weston Emergency Medical Service, Weston Fire and dispatch, and fellow police officers from Norwalk, Easton, Redding, Westport and Stratford in a crowded town hall meeting room for the swearing-in ceremony.

The ceremony featured speeches by Weston First Selectman Nina Daniel and Weston Police Chief John Troxell, who welcomed Proudfoot to the department with open arms.

Proudfoot will join the town’s 10 other patrol officers. The department also has three sergeants, one detective, and one chief.

“It says a lot for our department and for our town than an officer of this caliber wants to come to our department,” said Troxell, adding that Proudfoot has been on Weston’s radar for about a year now.

He said that every time an officer was sworn-in or promoted during the last year, Proudfoot would show up to their ceremony to congratulate them, an act that impressed Troxell and the Police Commission.

Proudfoot applied to Weston last year and finished in the top five during the last hiring process, but was only recently given the the call asking him to work for the department.

Proudfoot being sworn in by First Selectman Nina Daniel while his wife Donna and daughter Catherine look on.

Proudfoot being sworn in by First Selectman Nina Daniel while his wife Donna and daughter Catherine look on. – Gregory Menti photo

In Weston, Proudfoot’s starting salary is  $60,547. According to the 2015-16 Westport town budget report, his salary was $85,108 in Westport last year. Neither of those salaries include overtime.

According to Town Administrator Tom Landry, a patrol officer’s salary is projected at $85,848 after four years in the Weston department.

“There is a great crew in Weston,” said Proudfoot. “It’s really a hidden gem of a department in Connecticut.”

Proudfoot is the newest of a line of police officers who have come to Weston from Westport, including Sgt. Travis Arnette, who spent four years with Westport before coming to Weston 12 years ago.

“I’ve known a lot of the guys in Weston for years,” said Proudfoot. “I’m happy that I’ll get to work with people I consider friends.”

To conclude the ceremony, Proudfoot’s new badge was pinned on him by his 12 year-old daughter Catherine while his wife Donna looked on.

Proudfoot hugging his daughter Catherine after he was sworn-in as Weston's newest police officer. – Gregory Menti photo

Proudfoot hugging his daughter Catherine after he was sworn-in as Weston’s newest police officer. – Gregory Menti photo

Family service

Proudfoot comes from a family lineage ripe with public service. His father Frank is a retired Stratford fireman, his brother Gregg is a captain with the Stratford Police Department, and his brother Jeff is a Norwalk Police sergeant.

In addition to more than two decades as a police officer in Westport, he served as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1986-1990.

His father and brother Gregg are also military veterans.

“My dad started volunteering when he was a teenager,” said Proudfoot. “He instilled the idea of service into my brothers and me since we were born.”

Proudfoot said his family taught him values that have led to a life of public service.

“My parents taught me that it is important to value God, my family and our country,” he said. “That’s the American dream in my opinion.”

A lifelong Connecticut resident, Proudfoot had many duties in the Westport Police Department, ranging from honor guard to the SWAT team.

“I had many fond memories in Westport,” he said. “But I am very blessed to have this new opportunity and new adventure.”

Proudfoot’s commitment to helping the community and his desire to be a force for good that people can trust are some of the primary reasons why he loves his job.

“After the Sandy Hook shooting I went up to help in any way I could,” he said.

“We were helping people who were downed and weakened,” he added.  “They wanted someone strong and I was proud to be there for them. When people thank you for being there, that really brings all of this home for me.”

Proudfoot hopes that his background will make him a valuable asset to the force immediately.

“I’m hoping that my training and experience will help the department,” he said. “I’m hoping to learn a lot and I’m glad to stay in an area I really love.”

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