WESTON, Conn. After spending his college years protecting the end zone as a University of Wisconsin defensive lineman, Dan Cascone is now protecting the people of Weston as the town's newest police officer.
Monday was Cascones first day on the job after six months of training at the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden. I have to say its been pretty surprising. Eye-opening is a very good way to put it, he said.
For the next 10 weeks, Cascone will be working side-by-side with a field training officer, learning the ins and outs of the job. Every day Cascone will be judged and graded on his performance until the department determines he ready to step out on his own.
On his first day, Cascone followed Sgt. Matt Broadacki and took part in medical calls, welfare checks and motor vehicle stops. I am really just trying to pay attention and learn everything, but it was awesome. It was nice to be out with the guys from the department, the 24-year-old Newtown resident said.
Ive been amazed by how much people are bestowing their knowledge on me and how friendly everyone is, he said.
Cascone, who previously worked as a security officer at Danbury Hospital, said he wanted to become an officer because he loves being outside and interacting with people.
Police Chief John Troxell said that Cascone is a perfect fit for Weston.
Hes a very approachable person, very polite, really down-to-earth and comfortable with who he is. That is exactly what we want in our officers," Troxell said. "I think he is going to be a perfect fit in the department.
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