The Woodbridge Police Department celebrated the promotion of three of its own to the rank of sergeant and the hiring of a new officer with a swearing-in and a reception at the Police Commission meeting July 5. Promoted were officers Richard Rizzuti and Robert J. Scott, both of whom have served as School Resource officers at Amity High School, as well as Officer Michael Blume. They are part of the Patrol Division.
New hire is Officer Michael Luzzi, who came to the department from the Orange department. The six-year veteran comes to Woodbridge well-trained and experienced, said Police Chief Frank Cappiello.
The meeting room at the police station was filled with beaming family members while Commission Chairman Robert Berke read to each the oath of office. Rizzuti was not able to attend.
Sergeant Blume is a 14-year veteran of the department. He began his career as a patrol officer, became a certified taser instructor, field training officer, and bicycle patrol officer. He also is serving on a temporary special assignment for a state agency.
Sergeant Rizzuti is a 13-year veteran who began his career as a patrol officer, then became a certified accident reconstruction officer. He also is a bicycle patrol officer and served as school resource officer from 2007-2014.
Sergeant “RJ” Scott has been on the force for nine years. After serving as a patrol officer he took over the position of Amity school resource officer in 2014. As of July 15, a successor in that position had not been identified.
The shuffling of positions in the department comes as a result of three retirements, namely that of former chief Eugene Marcucci and Sergeants Jim Sullivan and Thomas Balch, and does not change the number of officers or administrators, said recently installed Chief Frank Cappiello. In fact, the department is still looking to fill three open positions.
Both Chief Cappiello and First Selectman Ellen Scalettar congratulated the newly installed officers. “We are fortunate to have members of our department of this high caliber,” Scalettar said, thanking them for their service to the town.
Pictured: Celebrating the swearing in of new sergeants and one new officer at the Woodbridge Police Department are, from left, First Selectman Ellen Scalettar, Sgt. Michael Blume, Sgt. R.J. Scott, Offi cer Michael Luzzi and Police Chief Frank Cappiello. Sergeant Richard Rizzuti was not able to attend.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent