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Westport Police Department Promotes Five Officers

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WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Police Department will promote of the five officers within its ranks in a ceremony at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 12, in the Westport Police Department classroom.

These promotions come after several months of competitive testing and will fill vacancies in rank created through retirements, the police department said in a statement. Two officers will be promoted to lieutenant, two to sergeant and one to detective.

Sgt. Ryan Paulsson, who was the department’s bloodhound handler for 10 years and has supervised the K9 Unit since 2010, will be promoted to lieutenant. He was hired in December 2000 and promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2012.

Paulsson serves as a tactical officer with the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team and is member of the Westport Police/Fire Dive-Rescue Team and the Marine Division. He is a certified law enforcement instructor in numerous disciplines.

He is a trustee with the Westport Police Benevolent Association and is chairman of the department’s Awards Committee. Paulsson has received numerous department awards, including a Meritorious Police Duty Award for locating an endangered missing person in 2008. He has 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.

Sgt. Jillian Cabana, who was hired in May 2006, will be promoted to lieutenant. She was promoted to detective in August 2009 and to sergeant in January 2013. Cabana is the domestic violence liaison for the Police Department.

She has received several department awards, including the Meritorious Police Duty Award. Cabana is a graduate of the University of New Haven with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and is working toward her master's degree in justice studies with a concentration in public administration through Southern New Hampshire University. Cabana is married and the mother of a 1-year-old daughter.

Officer David Wolf, who was hired in August 2001, will be promoted to sergeant. Wolf has served as a field training officer and DARE officer and is now the coordinator of the Department’s Crisis Intervention Team, a crisis negotiator with the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team, and member of the department’s bicycle squad.

Wolf is a certified law enforcement instructor in search and seizure, civil liability and eyewitness identification. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Franklin & Marshall College, his master's in health care administration from Western Connecticut State University in Dabury and is entering final year at the University of Connecticut School Of Law. Wolf lives in Oxford with his wife and four children.

Officer Matthew Gouveia, who was hired in January 2008, will be promoted to sergeant. Gouveia has received the Chief Samuel J. Luciano Award for academic excellence, awarded by the Connecticut Chiefs of Police Association and named for the former Westport Chief of Police, as well as a Chief’s Commendation from the Westport Police Department.

He received his bachelor of science degree in criminal justice and law degree from Roger Williams University. Gouveia, a native of Massachusetts, is a member of the bar in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Officer Marc Heinmiller, who was hired in October 2003, will be promoted to detective. Heinmiller was a K9 handler for five years until the retirement of his dog, Lola, in 2012. He has also served as a field training officer and a member of the Marine Division and Honor Guard. Heinmiller has received numerous departmental awards, including a Lifesaving Award. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.

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