Three New Greenwich Police Officers Sworn in at Town Hall

Left to right Selectman John Toner, newly sworn in officers Sabrina Diaz, Thomas D Koppelmann, Vladimir W Souffrant and Greenwich Police Chief Heavey. April 1, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Police swore in three new officers on Monday afternoon.

“You’re getting sworn in on April first, but it’s no joke,” Police Chief Heavey told the three new officers.

Heavey said the recruits underwent a very competitive process that started with a written test, and included departmental interviews, a polygraph test, medical screening, and physical agility tests.

“You’ve accomplished a lot to get to this point today,” Heavey added.

The new officers leave on Friday for the Police Academy.

Heavey said that in Greenwich, the First Selectman also serves as the police commissioner and typically swears in the new officers. On Monday, however, Selectman John Toner performed that honor.

Greenwich Police Officer Sabrina Diaz is sworn in by Selectman John Toner. April 1, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Police Officer Sabrina Diaz is sworn in by Selectman John Toner. April 1, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Police Officer Sabrina Diaz is congratulated by Selectman John Toner. April 1, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Police Officer Sabrina Diaz receives her badge from Greenwich Police Chief Jim Heavey. April 1, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Police Officer Sabrina Diaz was born in Greenwich and grew up in Stamford. she attended Westhill High School where she graduated in 2014. After high school she attended Norwalk Community College to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. At NCC she was awarded the Women of Promise and Distinction Award in 2016.

Prior to joining the Greenwich Police Dept, Diaz interned with Stamford Police and is currently studying Brazilian Jujitsu at Greenwich Jujitsu Academy.

Newly sworn in Officer Thomas Koppelmann receives his badge from Greenwich Police Chief Jim Heavey. April 1, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Officer Thomas Koppelmann is congratulated by Selectman John Toner April 1, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

The next officer to be sworn in was Thomas Koppelmann who was born in West Islip, NY and grew up in East Islip where he graduated from East Islip High School in 2015.

Officer Koppelmann is currently a senior at the University of New Haven majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Psychology. He expects to graduate in May with a Bachelor’s degree.

Koppelmann is a member of the American Criminal Justice Association of the Psi Omega Chapter. Prior to becoming a Greenwich Police Officer, Koppelmann interned with the New Haven Police Dept.

Newly sworn in Officer Vladimir Souffrant is congratulated by Selectman John Toner. April 1, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Newly sworn in Officer Vladimir Souffrant is congratulated by Selectman John Toner. April 1, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Newly sworn in Officer Vladimir Souffrant receives his badge from Greenwich Police Chief Jim Heavey. April 1, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Newly sworn in Officer Vladimir Souffrant receives his badge from Greenwich Police Chief Jim Heavey. April 1, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Officer Vladimir Souffrant was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and grew up in Stamford. He graduated from Stamford High School in 2007 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 2016 at Western Connecticut State University where he majored in Psychology and minored in Biology.

Officer Souffrant served two years enlisted in the US Army National Guard as a Quartermaster and Chemical Repair Engineer for Hotel Company 186th BSB.

He currently serves in the US Army National Guard as Platoon Leader for 1st Platoon, 143rd Military Police Company. He graduated in the top five at Officer Candidate School and is commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.