South Windsor welcomes two new police officers
By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
South Windsor - posted Wed., Oct. 2, 2013
The South Windsor Police Department is two officers richer, as of Sept. 25. Chief Matthew Reed swore in the new officers at the police station.
Officer Kerri Martindale, who was formerly a West Hartford police officer, resides in Windsor. She felt that it would be best to take time off from her career to raise her family, and now her time to be an officer of the law is here again. Martindale spent time as a personal trainer before returning to her law enforcement passion.
Officer Benjamin White lives in South Windsor. He holds a degree in sociology and criminal justice. White was an intern for the U.S. Probation Office in Hartford and had been working for Community Solutions, Inc. in Hartford.
Both officers will have a five-month training period at the Connecticut Police Academy, beginning Oct. 4. The time before entering the academy will be spent doing basic training and any prerequisites that may be needed for the Police Academy. Once the officers enter the academy, they will be given physical training as well as tactical training. The officers need to become familiar with all weapons including tazers, guns and pepper spray. The officers will also ride along with other officers in the squad cars as part of their training. After the five and a half months of training, they should be full officers of the law in mid-March.
The police department budget has a cap of 42 officers. The department has been working under a shortage. “We have been down three or four officers for a good while now,” said Sgt. Scott Custer. “It takes the better part of a year to hire a new officer. From the time the person applies to the time they are on the force is just about a full year. The reason for this is that the applicant applies online. The application includes some tests. The higher test scores are recognized by the computer, and their application is sent on to the department. At that time, we begin our background checks, which may take up to two months for the results. After all of that, the top group is administered a polygraph, a psychological survey as well as complete physical which would include a stress test. This job is a very stressful job, so we want to be sure they are not suffering from any heart disease.”
The quality and caliber of a candidate have to be excellent. South Windsor police officers pride themselves on the fact that they are problem-solvers. They want to help the community in any way possible. If you are interested in becoming a South Windsor police cadet, visit http://police.southwindsor.org/Employment.htm.