Three new police officers were sworn into the Madison Police Department Thursday, Dec. 13, including Officer Jeff Mazzetta, Officer William DeGoursey, and Officer Michael Brown.
Officer Michael Brown comes to the Madison Police Department from the Connecticut State police. He served as a patrol trooper based at Troop F (Westbrook), Troop K (Colchester), and Troop E (Montville), as well as the state police resident trooper in Old Lyme. His duties included general police services, highway patrol, criminal and motor vehicle incident investigations resulting in arrests and convictions.
Brown's special training includes hazardous materials, arson investigations, crime scene investigations, fire marshal classes/explosives recognition, advanced DWI detection, field officer training, telecommunications training-E911, defensive tactics, and open water diving.
Prior to being a state trooper, Brown worked for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, responsible for the supervision of juvenile, court-sentenced detainees being held for a range of offenses including misdeameanors to serious juvenile offenses.
Brown has received two life-saving awards, two outstanding police service awards, and one unit citation.
Officer Jeff Mazzetta comes to the Madison Police Department with a 20-year career in policing with the Connecticut State Police as a state trooper. He has received basic military training in the United States Air Force as a law enforcement specialist.
Mazzetta was assigned as the school resources officer in Regional School Districts 17 and 13 where he was a certified DARE officer teaching classes in laws for teen drivers, DWI and diver safety classes, assisted DCF with interview at the schools responding to hotline calls, and assisted in obtaining a tri-town grant for underage drinking enforcement.
Mazzetta served as a patrol trooper based at Troop F (Westbrook) and Troop I (Bethany) and was a FTO (field training officer) for six years. His special training includes gang identification and drug detection for public school security personnel, as well as SRO advanced emergency medical dispatch, underage drinking enforcement training, gang identfication and drug detection training for SROs, states attorney legal training (ten week program), criminal investigations to include sexual assaults, larcenies, burglaries, and narcotics violations.
Mazzetta received the Connecticut State Police "Meritorious Service" Award in 2005.
Officer William DeGoursey comes to Madison following a 27-year career in policing with the Branford Police Department. He retired from Branford as a detective with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven.
As a detective, he investigated homicides, sexual assaults, home invasions, robberies, arsons, burglaries, assaults, financial and computer crimes as well as narcotics violations. DeGoursey received the Criminal Justice Achievement Award for academic accomplishments, while simultaneously a full-time police officer.
DeGoursey's training includes special response team/SWAT, UNH Dr. Henry Lee Institute: tactical interrogation, John Jay College: advanced DNA collection, POST: outlaw motorcycle gangs in Connecticut, crisis negotiations, counter terrorism/risk assessment, FBI SWAT training, conversational Spanish, crime scene photography and investigation, among others.
DeGoursey has participated in hundreds of serious felonies and since 2010 has headed and overseen the development and implementation of the Local DNA Index System, known as LODIS, in the Branford Police Department, which is the first localized DNA database in New England.