Darien police swear in 4 officers
DARIEN — The Darien Police Department welcomed four new officers into their ranks in a swearing-in ceremony at police headquarters on Sept. 19.
First Selectman Jayme Stevenson spoke at the event, emphasizing these officers are now part of the Darien family.
“The Darien Police Department is really a family,” Stevenson said to the families in attendance. “So, on behalf of Darien, I want to welcome you. We’re here for you like your sons are here for us.”
Chairman of the Darien Police Commission Paul Johnson addressed the audience, saying this is the second best part of his job, after promoting officers.
“This is a great police department,” he said. “We have a superb chief and we have great support.”
Meet your new Darien Police officers
Nair was born in Norwalk and grew up in New Canaan. He graduated from New Canaan High School in 2007.
He attended Lynn University and Norwalk Community College, where he received an associate degree in criminal justice. Nair has been employed by Stamford Emergency Medical Services since May 2012 as an advanced emergency medical technician and has worked in New Haven and Norwalk.
He lives in Norwalk with his fiancee Kate and their dog, Richter.
Gannon was born in Bridgeport and grew up in Stratford. He graduated from Bunnell High School in Stratford in 2011 and earned a bachelor’s degree in justice and law administration from Western Connecticut State University. While at Western, he played football for three years and was nominated captain his senior year. Gannon has been employed by Securitas since March 2016 as a security officer.
He lives in Stratford with his mother. His father is a police officer in New Canaan.
Cusano was born in New Haven and grew up in East Haven. In 2005, he graduated from Platt Regional Vocational-Technical School in Milford and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 2006, where he served as a hospital corpsman.
Cusano holds a bachelor’s degree and is a master’s degree candidate in criminal justice from the University of New Haven, projected to graduate in 2017.
Since November 2012, Joseph has been employed by Yale-New Haven Hospital as an emergency department technician. He has worked for the University of New Haven as a research assistant, as well as completing an internship with the U.S. Courts Probation office.
He lives in Hamden.
Brown was born in the Bronx, N.Y. and in the early part of his childhood, he grew up across the street from the Bronx Zoo. He graduated from East Bronx Academy for the Future and earned an associate degree from Hostos Community College. He also attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Brown has been employed by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation since April 2015.
He enjoys cooking, athletic activities and spending time with family and friends. Last week, he moved from the Bronx to Stratford.
Police Chief Duane Lovello echoed the sentiments before swearing in the four new officers. He introduced each of them to the community, reading their biographies and having them introduce their families in the audience.
The officers sworn in were Jeffrey Brown, Joseph Cusano, Louis Gannon and Neil Nair. They will begin their training at the police academy in Meriden on Oct. 3. The training is a 25-week process, after which they will begin training within the Darien Police Department.