STAMFORD, Conn. -- Two Stamford residents and two Danbury residents are among 83 new Connecticut State Police troopers who graduated earlier this month.
State officials, including Reuben F. Bradford, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and State Police Commander Col. Danny R. Stebbins introduced the new graduating class during a ceremony at Jorgensen Auditorium at the University of Connecticut. Gov. Dannel Malloy was the keynote speaker at the event.
Among the new troopers are Stamford's Joel J. Contreras and Vernon L. Sanders III and Danbury's Anthony Perrone and Kryl P. Rapp.
The 123rd training troop entered the Connecticut State Police Academy on June 14 and spent about 1,400 hours in the classroom. The 83 members of the class began the process of becoming State Troopers more than a year ago.
Members of the 123rd Training Troop come from eight different states with 20 having military experience, 26 having prior law enforcement experience, 43 having bachelor degrees, 10 having graduate degrees and 85 percent of the class leaving higher paying jobs to serve as Connecticut state troopers, state officials said. The youngest member of the class is 23 and the oldest is 47.