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Police Welcome New Female Officer

She may be only 21, but Ashley Del Vecchio, a Fairfield resident, is the newest addition to the Westport Police Department .

During a ceremony at the Westport Police headquarters Wednesday, Police Chief Al Fiore welcomed Del Vecchio, a 2007 graduate of Fairfield Warde High School and a senior at Eastern Connecticut State University majoring in sociology with a minor in criminal justice.

"It's a tough job to become a cop today; you have to go through a lot," said Fiore, referring to the exams recruits take. "During the hiring procedure, we lose a lot of people in the background exam, so the fact that you're here is a credit to you and your family."

Accompanied by her family, Del Vecchio was also welcomed by Deputy Chief Dale Call and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff . Fellow Westport officers, Fairfield officers, Westport firefighters, EMS, and Town Hall officials came out to support her.

"I think you'll really enjoy your career here," said Call. "It's been the best thing I've done in my life."

Before she was sworn in, Del Vecchio was treated to a brief video about the Westport Police Department and its history. Shortly after, Del Vecchio was sworn in by Joseloff and received her badge, which she proudly displayed.

With Del Vecchio on board, the Westport Police Department is at full strength with 68 officers. Retirements in 2009 created several vacancies.

"We're happy to have you here," said Fiore. "This is a family: you don't have to prove anything to anyone to be accepted. Just go out and do your job."

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