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Darien Police Welcome New Officer

Matthew Ackerman, left, is the newest member of the Darien Police Department.
Matthew Ackerman, left, is the newest member of the Darien Police Department. Photo Credit: Darien Police Department

The Darien Police Department has welcomed a new member to its ranks.

Matthew Ackerman has been hired by the Darien Police Department after serving seven years with the Stratford Police Department, where he was a member of the dive team, helicopter team, and certified as an EMT.

Darien Police Sgt. James Palmeri said that Ackerman currently has an associate’s degree from Housatonic Community College and is currently enrolled at UConn, where he is continuing his education.

Ackerman is a current member of the Naval Reserve and has been deployed into active duty, having been stationed int he United Arab Emirates.

A Bridgeport native who currently lives in Shelton, Ackerman was sworn in by a member of the Darien Police Commission, and his badge was presented to him by Police Chief Donald Anderson.

“(I’m) looking forward to getting involved in the community,” Ackerman said at the ceremony.

Anderson added, “It is my pleasure to welcome Officer Matthew Ackerman to the Darien police department.  Officer Ackerman comes to us from the Stratford Police Department whose membership were certainly disappointed to be losing him from their ranks. The fact that an officer’s current department thinks very highly of him and would certainly want him to remain there speaks largely for itself.

"Upon his swearing-in this morning, I again reminded Officer Ackerman that he is joining what I consider to be the best police department in the State of Connecticut; with that comes the full responsibility to be a consummate professional at all times and to provide the absolute best service that he can, each and every day of his career.  In selecting Officer Ackerman, I am certain that the Darien Police Commission has, once again, chosen an excellent candidate who will serve the Town of Darien with honor and dedication in the years ahead.”

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