A recent Trumbull police recruit graduated from the Bridgeport Police Academy Thursday night, August 4th, where he was recognized for his academic and firearms abilities. Police recruit Colin Markus received the Chief Luciano Award for achieving the highest academic scores in his academy class, and he was also the recipient of the Firearms Excellence Award. He was given plaques to recognize these accomplishments.
After successfully completing eight months of training at the Bridgeport Police Academy, Trumbull police recruits Colin Markus and Jack Kingdon will continue their training, in the Field Training phase, where they will ride with training officers who will instruct them on department policies, rules and procedures, while exposing them to actual policing by responding to calls for service. Marcus and Kingdon are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of Field Training to complete their certifications before they can work on their own.
The two new recruits are joining a department that is struggling to bring the agency up to full staffing levels. The recruitment and hiring of Trumbull police officers has increasingly become a difficult process, as the number of Trumbull police personnel continues to diminish. The Trumbull Police Department is now operating with a shortage of sixteen (16) officers, leaving the department down 20%, which includes nine (9) open positions, with five (5) officers still in
training, and two (2) other officers out on long term absences. Part of this shortage is due to eight (8) officer resignations over the last two (2) years where those have moved on to serve at other police agencies.
Trumbull is currently looking for additional qualified police officer applicants to fill the vacancies and bring the staff to its maximum level. The Town of Trumbull accepts applications for police officers at PoliceApp.com, and further information is also available on the Town’s website.