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Detective's Always Been on Patrol

When Weston Police Detective Carl Filsinger was a child he used to ride his bicycle around Norwalk, pretending he was on patrol. “When I grew up as a young boy, I lived very close to the Norwalk police department and I was always either going to the police department or talking to the officers…I think I’ve always had an inclination to be a police officer,” said Filsinger.So it’s no surprise that this August, he will celebrate his 29th year working fulltime for the Weston Police Department, starting off as an officer and working his way up to detective in 1992. As detective, he handles all criminal investigations in town, keeps track of all evidence submitted to court and handles most arrest and search warrants. He’s run crime prevention and public safety programs in the community and he began an e-mail watch program that gives Westonites who sign up, the latest updates on activity in their neighborhoods and the town.But the highlights of his career, he says, were investigating a homicide, serious sexual assault, robbery and home invasion in town and cracking the case of a Weston resident’s skeleton found in Kentucky. “There have been some very, very interesting cases that when compiled over the course of a career, I’ve really had my share of things,” said Filsinger, who lives in Shelton. And perhaps the biggest highlight of his career, he said, is graduating from the FBI Academy in Virginia. But with all this responsibility in town sometimes comes frustration.“Probably, the most frustrating part of my job is not being able to help everybody,” whether it is because there is not enough information to make a break in the case, or he has too many things to handle at once. But, his favorite part of the job? Interacting with the people of Weston, where, he says, he has received so much kindness and support.“I like the officers I work with, I couldn’t ask for a better group of men and women to work with,” he said. “I’ve just been very fortunate to be able to work in Weston and to spend my entire career here and have the particular position on our department that I have.”

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