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Trumbull Police detective gets a new charge

Brian Weir was promoted to sergeant in a ceremony at Police Headquarters recently.

Trumbull resident and Police Det. Brian Weir has became the 11th sergeant in the .

The 12-year member took his oath and his wife pinned his new badge on him. He will work along side another sergeant until he is ready to work on his own, said Deputy Police Chief Glenn Byrnes.

Chief Tom Kiely called Weir "a good officer and a good person." He is a field training officer and has served on the Rapid Intervention Team (aka SWAT) since its inception, Byrnes said.

He also volunteers with the Special Olympics. "He's going out on his own time," Kiely said.

First Selectman Tim Herbst delivered the oath. Before that, he also praised Weir.

"Brian, this is a happy moment for all of us and we're proud of you. Your family represents the best of this town," Herbst told Weir's family, gathered to watch the ceremony. "For 2 1/2 years, I'e had the pleasure to work with Brian. He's a model officer."

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Trumbull Police Commission Chairman Jack Testani said the decision to promote Weir was "not a slam dunk."

"We had three very, very qualified candidates," Testani said. The commission admired Weir's "compassion, his commitment to the community."

Byrnes said Weir would be "very successful with his new responsibilities."

The department has six patrol sergeants, two sergeants in the Detective Bureau and two administrative sergeants. Weir makes seven in the Patrol Division.

A detective's exam will be held to fill Weir's now vacant spot, Byrnes said. 

Paul G. Littlefield July 05, 2012 at 03:32 PM
The news report has left me bewilded and confused. Weir has been promoted to the rank of sergent. I got that much. He is moving from where to where? Detective to patrol? or patrol to detective? He's promoted but the detective exam is scheduled? Herbst says he has worked with Weir 2 and 1/2 yrs., doing what exactly? Please clarify.
Aaron Leo (Editor) July 05, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Thanks for your questions. He is now a patrol sgt. A detective's exam hasn't been scheduled yet. He was a det. in the detective bureau. As for Herbst, I can only surmise at this point Herbst has helped out at emergencies (probably weather related) and so has worked with Weir. Herbst is a pretty hands-on guy, I hope this helps.
Paul G. Littlefield July 05, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Mr. Leo, thank you for following up. However, if Weir is currently detective, why isn't he staying a detective rather than stepping down to patrol? Do the department regs say you can't be a detective with rank of sgt. unless you pass an additional test? Just seems to set him back in his detective skills, if that is where he wants to be.
Aaron Leo (Editor) July 05, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I'll ask about that. That's just the way the department structure works, I guess.

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