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Two Westport Officers Moving Up in Command

WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport Police Officer Ryan Paulsson and Sgt. David Farrell will have new ranks come Thursday.

Paulsson, a 12-year veteran, is being promoted to sergeant, and Farrell, an 11-year veteran, is being promoted to lieutenant, Capt. Sam Arciola announced Tuesday.

Farrell, who was hired in August 2001, was promoted to sergeant in 2009. In June 2007, he talked a distraught person down from the Franklin Street overpass of Interstate 95. He received a Chief’s Commendation and Lifesaving Award for his actions.

Farrell is a member of the Westport Police Department Honor Guard, a negotiator with the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team and a member of the department’s Crisis Intervention Team. Farrell also supervises the Bike Patrol Unit, has served on the executive boards of the Westport Police Union and Westport Police Benevolent Association and is the chief’s appointee to the department’s Awards Committee.

Farrell, a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in psychology, lives in Fairfield with his wife, Alison, and daughters, Olivia and Jocelyn.

Paulsson was hired in December 2000. He’s been the department’s bloodhound handler since 2003 and has supervised the K-9 Unit since 2010. He also serves as a tactical officer with the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team and is a member of the Westport Police/Fire Dive-Rescue Team and Marine Division.

A 1995 Staples High School graduate, Paulsson is a certified law enforcement instructor in numerous disciplines. He is a trustee with the Westport Police Union and the Westport Police Benevolent Association, and is the new chairman of the department’s Awards Committee.

Throughout his career, Paulsson received numerous departmental awards, including a Meritorious Police Duty Award for locating a missing person in 2008.

Paulsson received a bachelor’s degree in justice and law administration from Western Connecticut State University. He lives in Milford with his wife, Jacqie, and daughter, Emmalyn.

The promotions ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at police headquarters.

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