Two new officers join ranks of NPD

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John Julian, left, and Shane Pucci, right, were sworn in as patrol officers Thursday by Mayor Robert Mezzo, center. –CONTRIBUTED

NAUGATUCK — The Naugatuck Police Department received an infusion of new blood this week.

On Thursday, two new patrol officers, John Julian and Shane Pucci, were sworn in by Mayor Robert Mezzo during a ceremony at Town Hall.

Julian and Pucci recently finished the hiring phases, which consisted of a written exam, oral interviews, and an extensive background investigation. Both Julian and Pucci began training today at the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden. Their training at the academy will last approximately five months after which both officers will be put through the Field Training Officer Program, according to a release issued by the department.