David H. Ferris, Jr.

David Ferris Dave has been in the security and law enforcement field for the last twenty-four years. Recent projects include security surveys for commercial and residential customers, crisis planning for public and private school systems, and tactical training for police and civilian security.

Dave has been employed full time as a police officer since 1989 and now serves as Lieutenant. He has been assigned to the patrol and investigative sections and is active with many additional department programs. He was formerly responsible for the training, inventory, budget, and maintenance of the department’s Firearms and Medical Units, which includes Automatic External Defibrillators. He is a state certified Emergency Medical Technician and a police academy certified Firearms, S.W.A.T., and Police instructor. Dave was also assigned to the Special Response Team (SWAT) as Team Leader, holding former positions in the team as executive officer, sniper team leader and sniper. During his time as a sniper, he represented the department in both national and international sniper training and competition matches.

Dave is a security consultant to local schools and businesses in crisis planning and continuity management. He was formerly the sergeant of the Youth Division, which handles all juvenile matters, investigative cases, Community Relations, Crime Prevention, and Victim/Witness Assistance programs. He was also the Public Information Officer for the department and was on the Board of Directors of eight local organizations. Other former assignments have included dispatcher, bike patrol, patrol supervisor/shift commander, and detective. He instituted and oversaw a successful anti-graffiti program and teaches yearly safety and educational programs in the public and private school systems. He has attended numerous police schools and has been awarded two Medical Service awards, two Meritorious Duty awards, a Connecticut State E.M.S. award, and a Rotary Club Community Service award.

Prior to becoming a police officer, Dave was employed as a Security System Technician for ADT Alarm Systems, a Corrections Officer for the Connecticut Department of Corrections, a Store Detective for the J.C. Penney Company and Security Manager for the D.M. Read’s Company. He served with the United States Army at Ft. Benning, Georgia in the 197th Infantry Brigade, Combat Support Company, and as a reservist in the 385th Regiment Training Company.

Dave has a Masters Degree from the University of New Haven in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut in Law and Society. He is an adjunct instructor of Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven.

Dave was a volunteer with the American Red Cross, held a past position as vice-chair of the Board of Directors, Director of Health and Safety, and was the 1999 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. He is a former member of two Emergency Medical Services where he volunteered as a state certified Emergency Medical Technician. This experience led to a former appointment by the Chief of Police to the Executive Board of the Southwestern Connecticut Emergency Medical Services Council as the First Responder/Police representative.

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