Three climb ranks at PD

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Naugatuck Police Sgt. Daniel Norck has his badge pinned on him by his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Tinsley, during a promotion ceremony Sept. 17 at the police station. Fellow officers Peter Bosco and Dan Norck were also promoted to lieutenant and sergeant respectively. –LUKE MARSHALL
Naugatuck Police Sgt. Daniel Norck has his badge pinned on him by his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Tinsley, during a promotion ceremony Sept. 17 at the police station. Fellow officers Peter Bosco and Dan Norck were also promoted to lieutenant and sergeant respectively. –LUKE MARSHALL

NAUGATUCK — Steven Hunt grew up admiring his father and the work he did for the Naugatuck Police Department, so he followed him into law enforcement.

On Sept. 17, with his now-retired father sitting in the front row, Steven Hunt took another step in his father’s path when he was promoted to captain, or third in command of the 54-member department, during a ceremony at police headquarters.

Steven Hunt, whose father was once a captain and retired as deputy chief, was one of three promoted to leadership positions last week. Peter Bosco was promoted to lieutenant and Dan Norck was promoted to sergeant.

Steven Hunt said it was a proud day in his 20-year career in law enforcement.

“Watching my father rise through the ranks, it’s always been a goal of mine to do the same,” he said. “It was tough competition between me and the other lieutenants. I think any one of us could have done a good job.”

All three who were promoted are decorated officers, each earning awards for service and life saving medals. They tested alongside many of their colleagues and finished first on written and oral exams last month.

Steven Hunt and Bosco grew up in Naugatuck and still live here. Hunt began his career in the Waterbury Police Department, where he worked his way up to patrol lieutenant before coming to Naugatuck in 2000. Hunt, who teaches new police recruits throughout the state, also led the Naugatuck Police Department’s state accreditation process in 2010 and re-accreditation process in 2013.

Bosco has worked in the NPD for 18 years, serving as a field training officer and as a member of the department’s Community Oriented Policing Unit. He said he enjoys going to work every day.

“Working in the community in which you grew up is good because you have community roots, and you get to give back to people who have given so much to you,” he said. “It can be tough when you know someone who is in a bad position, but you still have to do your job.”

Norck, who lives in Thomaston, was born and raised in Hartford. He began his career 13 years ago at the Southbury Police Department, where he served as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education instructor for children, a school resource officer at Pomperaug High School, a traffic accident reconstructionist and an adviser to the Southbury Police Explorer Post before joining the Naugatuck Police Department in 2008.

He has continued to serve as a DARE instructor here, and is a field training officer and member of the Central Naugatuck Valley Accident Investigation Team.

“I have always strived for a leadership position, and I’m excited about leading a fine group of officers on the second shift of the Naugatuck Police Department,” he said. “I plan to be a leader and lead by example.”