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West Hartford Police Officer Receives Statewide Honors

Off. Brandon Dudzinski (center) with Chief Tracey Gove (left) and Assistant Chief Dan Coppinger. Submitted photo

Off. Brandon Dudzinksi has been honored as 2017 Connecticut Police Officer of the Year by the American Legoin.


Off. Brandon Dudzinski of the West Hartford Police Department has been honored as the 2017 Police Officer of the Year by the Connecticut Department of the American Legion.

From left: Officer Dudzinski, CT Department Commander Louie Robinson. Submitted photo

The award was presented at the 99th Annual Convention of the Connecticut Department of the American Legion held in Trumbull, CT, July 6-8, 2017.

Dudzinski was honored as the West Hartford Police Officer of the Year by Hayes-Velhage Post 96 in April 2017. Since joining the WHPD in 2008 with a Bachelors degree in Political Science from UConn, he has worked in Patrol and is currently assigned to the Community Interaction Team. He is a Field Training Officer for the department, a member of the Emergency Service Unit, and while working full time, has earned his Master’s Degree from Central Connecticut State University. Officer Dudzinski has received many citations as well as numerous letters of commendation and praise from citizens.

The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the Four Pillars of a strong National Security, Veterans Affairs, Americanism, and Youth Programs. With a current membership of over 2 million wartime veterans, Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 14,000 posts across the nation. The American Legion Hayes-Velhage Post 96 of West Hartford has been serving our Veterans and the community for 95 years. Further information is available on the Post’s website at www.post96.org or phone the Post at 860-233-9029.

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