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Experienced Officer Joins West Hartford Police Department

Off. Andrew Benn (center) with Assistant Chief Dan Coppinger and Chief Vernon Riddick. Courtesy photo

A new West Hartford Police officer was sworn in by Town Clerk Essie Labrot on Wednesday.

Town Clerk Essie Labrot (left) swears in Off. Andrew Benn at West Hartford Police headquarters. Courtesy photo

By Ronni Newton

The West Hartford Police Department welcomed its newest officer on Wednesday as Chief Vernon Riddick presided over a swearing-in ceremony at police headquarters.

Andrew S. Benn, who was most recently a patrol officer with the Bridgeport Police Department, was sworn in by Town Clerk Essie Labrot. He officially joined the West Hartford Police Department on Oct. 1.

Benn is a native of Barbados, and currently lives in Plainville with his wife and two children.

He attended St. Lucy Secondary School in Barbados and graduated from City College in Manhattan. Benn has also taken classes at Capitol Community College, Post University, Eastern Connecticut State University, and Central Connecticut State University, said Lt. Eric Rocheleau, who heads the West Hartford Police Department’s Training Division.

Benn’s previous work experience included several years as a commercial driver of tractor trailer trucks. He has served as a patrol officer assigned to the midnight shift in Bridgeport since 2017.

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Chief Vernon Riddick (left) with Off. Andrew Benn. Courtesy photo

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