They may well get sworn at plenty of times during their careers on the Norwalk Police force, but on Monday six new recruits were sworn in Monday by Mayor Richard A. Moccia as their families and city police officials looked on.
At the same meeting, police Sgt. Susan Zecca became Lt. Zecca on her own swearing in. She had been promoted at a recent meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners. Zecca works in the department's professional standards unit.
Each of the recruits, who are now officers, will get two weeks of training at the Police Department, then get more training at the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden for more extensive training. Another two weeks of in-house training will follow in Norwalk, and then a 10-week Field Training program.
"During the Field Training Program the new officers will work side-by-side with specially trained Field Training Officers ... on all three patrol shifts, applying their new skill sets in the real world environment," according to a written statement released by the department.
"Stay safe—that's the most important thing," Moccia told the assembled recruits. "There's no such thing as a routine call."
Moccia also made a request to those sworn in, for after they complete their training: "My daughter is a prosecutor in Norwalk—please fill out the reports in a way that she can read them!" Moccia's daughter, Suzanne Vieux, is the chief prosecutor in state Superior Court in Norwalk.
The six new recruits are Kenneth Cerulli, Thomas A. Mattera, Javier Mogollon, Neil Robertson, Luis Serrano and Thomas Sullivan.