NORTH HAVEN — Friends, family, and town officials gathered recently to celebrate the promotion of four town police officers.
“These officers, each of whom is incredibly talented, loyal, and devoted to serving the town of North Haven, are the ideal candidates to manage the department as we move forward in increasingly challenging times in law enforcement,” Board of Police Commissioners Chairman David Monz said during the Tuesday ceremony at the town middle school. “I am truly honored to be able to swear them in.”
The promotions included Lt. Stanley Lofquist to the position of captain, Sgt. Matthew Falcon, who has been on the force for 15 years, to the position of lieutenant, and Officers Christopher Spose, a nine year veteran, and John Gaspar, an eight year veteran, to the position of sergeant.
Lofquist, who grew up in town and has put in more than 35 years on the police force, said it will take some time for the promotion to set in, but he’s grateful for the opportunity. As one of two captains, he will be in charge of professional standards, including training and accreditation.
“It's a good department, a lot of young, talented people on the job, so I'm grateful to be in the position I am at this point,” Lofquist said.
Lofquist spent most of his career in the patrol division. He was pinned during the swearing in ceremony by his daughter Rebecca Fasulo, who also lives in North Haven.
In attendance were First Selectman Michael Freda and State Rep. Dave Yaccarino, as well as many police department colleagues and other town employees.
“As the pendulum of policing continues to shift back and forth depending upon the issues in our respective communities, at the very foundation of the North Haven police department are the core competencies of the fidelity, bravery, and integrity and courage,” First Selectman Michael Freda said before the ceremony.
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