NEW BRITAIN – A man calling the Hardware City his home is among 27 other newly minted state troopers who graduated from the 128th Training Troop Thursday.
Alexander Ricciardi will join State Police Troop H, which serves the greater Hartford area, including New Britain. Five other graduates will join Ricciardi in that assignment.
The training troop began at the Connecticut State Police Training Academy on July 5 and completed more than 1,500 hours of training, a press release announcing the graduations said. Physical condition, classroom work, water rescue, driving and other specialized areas of police were comprised much of that time.
Among the graduates five have military experience, four have prior law enforcement experience, 11 have bachelor degrees and two have graduate degrees, the release said. They have diverse background, training and experience, with the youngest member being 23 years old and the oldest being 39 years old.
The graduation ceremony was held in Welte Auditorium at Central Connecticut State University. Commander of State Police Colonel Stavros Mellekas, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency services and Public Protection James C. Rovella, Governor Ned Lamont and Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz spoke during the ceremony.
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