Alexander Testani, who was sworn in this week as a Greenwich police officer, felt the call to serve the public while in college.
The 23-year-old, a Trumbull High School graduate, attended Western Connecticut State University, before transferring to Sacred Heart University. He graduated cum laude with a degree in criminal justice.
“I realized I wanted to be a police officer when I was taking criminal justice courses and could use my education as well as valuable life lessons that will help in my duties as a Greenwich police officer,” Testani said.
He is the son of Jack Testani, Trumbull Police Commission chairman and chair of the Trumbull Republican Town Committee, and Trumbull Town Councilwoman Suzanne Testani.
Testani played football at Trumbull High School and was selected All FCIAC First Team, and represented Fairfield County as an All Star, helping the team to its first football victory in eight years.
He then played football at Western Connecticut State University before transferring to Sacred Heart University where he played fullback in his senior year.
Testani was also honored with the "Sacred Heart Coach’s Award” for his "exemplary leadership and mentoring of new players," he said.After completion of Police Academy and Field Training, new Greenwich police officers typically are assigned to direct traffic on Greenwich Avenue, Testani said.
The rookie said he is "likely to be directing traffic in front of the Greenwich Senior Center where my mother still works."
The new recruit, who received badge 106, will begin nine months training at the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden next week. His 18-month probationary period also will include 12 weeks of departmental training in before he's allowed to patrol solo.