Father Peter Orfanakos (St. Barbara’s Church), Chief Robert Gagne, Officer Denny Peterson, Officer Ryan Miniaci, Officer Christina Nicolia, Officer Amable Colon, Assistant Chief Anthony Cuozzo
Following graduation on May 18th, the Orange Police Department is excited to welcome these new officers to its ranks:
Born in Seoul, South Korea (speaks limited Korean)
Graduated from North Branford High School
Attended Housatonic Community College
Graduated from Lincoln College of New England w/Associate’s degree in Mortuary Science
Former Funeral Director for West Haven Funeral Home
Received the Arnold Markle Award at graduation ceremony from Milford Police Academy: Prior to his death Arnold Markle was the New Haven State’s Attorney. He died suddenly at age 51 at the height of a brilliant career prosecuting the worst of the worst. He was a true mentor and friend of Law Enforcement. The Arnold Markle Award is presented to the Recruit Officer graduating from the Milford Police Academy who best portrays the education and loyalty to the law enforcement profession that Mr. Markle personified: Honesty, professionalism, intelligence and a strong belief in the rule of the law and the Constitution.
Born in New Haven
Attended high school at Fairfield Prep, Canterbury School (New Milford), and graduated from Manchester High School West in New Hampshire. Ryan changed schools to further his ice hockey skills.
Graduated from Sacred Heart University where he played ice hockey, and earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Former Assistant Hockey Coach at East Haven High School
Born in Bridgeport
Graduated from Central Magnet High School (Bridgeport)
Earned certification in Crisis Prevention from the Kennedy Center in Trumbull
Graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology
Earned accreditation in Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), a therapeutic approach to teaching parenting strategies.
Former Case Manager at Child & Family Guidance Center in Bridgeport
Born in the Dominican Republic (speaks fluent Spanish)
Graduated high school from Centro Educativo Catolico Ana Delia Jorge (Dominican Republic)
Earned Computer Technician Certificate from Insercom Technical School (Dominican Republic)
Attended Bergen Community College in Paramus, NJ where he studied Computer Science
Currently working towards an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Penn Foster College
Former manager at Terryville Chevrolet