BERLIN - Police Commissioner Bob Peters said Berlin police donâ€™t always get their promotions right, as he looked at Chief John Klett and Deputy Chief Chris Ciuci, who were promoted at the beginning of the year.
But he said the department got these two correct.
Lt. Drew Gallupe and Sgt. Ryan Gould were recently honored in the Town Hall Rotunda with a ceremony on their promotion.
â€śBoth of these officers have proven records of accomplishments and I have every confidence that theyâ€™re going to go on to continue that and make the department better,â€ť said Klett.
Part of Klettâ€™s responsibilities as chief, he said, is to develop officers to move up in rank, all the way up to chief, â€śand I see these two as having the potential to do that,â€ť said Klett.
Gallupe was promoted to fill the vacancy created when Ciuci became deputy chief, after serving the Berlin department for 25 years, the last 14 as a patrol sergeant.
He has worked as a field training officer, taught the DARE program for 11 years, served as traffic officer for four years and is commander of the Dive Team.
Recipient of the Jeffrey Casner Award for recording the most DUI arrests, two chiefâ€™s achievement awards and five life-saving awards, he also served in the U.S. Marine Reserves.
Married with two children, he was the highest scorer on the promotion test of four candidates.
â€śThe promotion to lieutenant is huge and a great honor for me,â€ť said Gallupe. He said he will be focusing on training officers in shorter but more frequent bursts, like at roll call, to act as a refresher on different topics.
â€śThis has been a great department to work for and a great community to serve because of all the support we get from our citizens.â€ť
Gould was promoted to fill the vacancy created by Gallupeâ€™s promotion, after serving the Berlin police for almost 17 years.
He has served in the Detective Bureau, as a field training officer, use of force instruct and traffic officer. A member of the Mid-State Accident Reconstruction Squad the past two years, Gould has helped with documentation and investigation of serious injury and fatal motor vehicle collisions. He is a former United States Army Ranger.
Married with five children, he was the highest scorer on the promotion test of nine applicants.
â€śItâ€™s a new challenge,â€ť said Gould. â€śItâ€™s been a goal of mine since I came out of the military. You can have a lot of impact on the department from the sergeant level â€¦ on new officers.â€ť
Dispatcher Rick Petano, who has been with the department for seven years after working with the New Britain Police Department, worked under Gallupe and said he was very receptive to ideas. Petano said he looked forward to working with Gould.
â€śThey both deserve their promotions,â€ť he said.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or email@example.com.