After officers in uniform holding wooden rifles marched around the room and held flags as the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, Deputy Chief Ann-Marie Taylor spoke to the audience.
“Thank you all for joining us today as we honor the accomplishments of those who have been faithful servants of the town,” she said.
Taylor began by commending officers with at least three years of service, including Capt. Tom Melnichok, who has served for 20 years and is pursuing a doctorate in homeland security.
“He’s an important part of our command staff,” Taylor said, “and does a great job supervising our newest officers.”
Taylor also acknowledged crime analyst Lucy Rodriguez, who has served 25 years.
Taylor concluded with the award presentations and the swearing-in ceremony.
Officers of the month
Detective Craig Newby, October
For his interview techniques and investigation that led to the arrest of burglary suspects.
Detective John Scanlan, November
For the arrest of a suspect in five smash-and-grab burglaries.
Detective Larry Menniti, December
For his ability to investigate complicated issues and put together a timeline of an overdose death.
Officer Robert Mastrangelo, January
For demonstrating compassion and helping a person who was contemplating suicide.
Officer David Maccarone, February
For identifying four suspected car burglars while he was on an off-duty assignment.
Detective David Watson, March
For leading an investigation that led to the arrest of several people who are charged with trying to defraud a Palm Beach Wells Fargo out of $25,000.
Christopher Barber, Justin Rothenburg, Jonathan Rothenburg, Anducchi Augustin, Jake Lampiasi, Peter Aguirre, Gabriel Dasilva and Matthew DeWalt.