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Weston Names New Police Officer

WESTON, Conn. – The Police Commission has chosen Keith Zaffutto of Norwalk to join the ranks as Weston’s new police officer.

“I think I’ve gotten to know him really well in a short time. He’s extremely honest, shows good character and shared a lot of his background with us without any question,” said Police Chief John Troxell. “It’s all about the right fit. It’s almost destiny that he was hired here.”

Zaffutto was given a conditional offer Tuesday, subject to passing a polygraph test, a psychological exam, a pre-employment physical and drug screening, a full background investigation and the Cooper Standard physical agility test.

Once sworn in, Zaffutto will attend the Police Academy in Meriden on Aug. 12 for 22 weeks. After passing the academy, he will work 400 hours of field training before working on his own.

Zaffutto graduated from Norwalk High School in 2002 and went to college with plans of becoming a teacher, said Troxell. He decided that wasn’t for him and has been working in security at Greenwich Hospital for a number of years. Zaffutto scored the highest on the combined oral and written tests and in the physical agility test. He “passed everything with flying colors,” said Troxell.

Troxell said Zaffutto was the first candidate to interview with the police commission Tuesday, and he “set the bar high” for the candidates after him. “There’s a lot of responsibility. We have to make sure it’s the right kind of person who is capable of enforcing laws and respecting people’s rights,” said Troxell.

Troxell said all of the top five applicants “were all exceptional candidates. They will all be police officers in the near future – if not here, then somewhere else.”

A total of 21 applicants passed the oral and written exams and took the physical agility test June 27. A total of 97 candidates applied for the position, and 75 completed the written test in May. The 22 top candidates from the written test went on to take the oral test in early June.

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