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Two Women Sworn In as West Hartford’s Newest Police Officers

From left: Chief Vernon Riddick Jr., Off. Kelly Shimo, Off. Margret Futtner, Town Manager Matt Hart. Courtesy photo

Two new West Hartford Police officers were sworn in by Town Clerk Essie Labrot Thursday evening at Town Hall.

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police Chief Vernon Riddick presided over a swearing-in ceremony Thursday evening at Town Hall, welcoming two women Kelly Shimo and Margret Futtner – both with valuable previous experience – as the department’s newest officers.

Off. Kelly Shimo, a Connecticut native, is a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps.

A 2012 graduate of WAMOGO High School in Litchfield, she enlisted in the Marines in 2012, completed basic training at Paris Island, marine combat training at Camp Lejune, and air support operations training at Twentynine Palms.

Shimo served as an air support operation operator at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA, and attained the rank of sergeant. In 2014 she was deployed to Afghanistan and in 2017 she earned an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps.

Shimo has studied business administration at Park University and Arabic at San Diego State University, and has been working as a dog groomer in Torrington, CT.

Off. Margret Futtner, also a Connecticut native, grew up in South Windsor and graduated from South Windsor High School in 2004.

She attended Manchester Community College and the University of Connecticut, where she earned a bachelor’s in general studies in 2013.

Futtner, who has been working locally as an emergency medical technician (EMT) for American Medical Response (AMR) brings extensive emergency response background to the West Hartford Police Department.

Shimo and Futtner will attend the police academy in New Britain, beginning July 26, said Lt. Eric Rocheleau, who heads the West Hartford Police Department Training Division.

“The addition of these two recruits is much needed. These hires show our recruitment push for additional women and minorities is working, but we still need more qualified candidates,” Rocheleau said. “The West Hartford Police Department is a sough- after department, and in fact one of these recruits turned down another town for the WHPD job.”

Following their graduation, the new officers will begin the West Hartford Police Department’s 12-week Field Training Officer program under Rocheleau’s direction before being assigned duties on their own.

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