HISTORY IS MADE: First female is promoted to detective by the Shelton police

The Shelton Police Department has its first female sworn detective in the agency’s history.

Lubelia DeBrum was promoted to the detective rank during the department’s recent promotions and recognition ceremony.

A 14-year department veteran, DeBrum has been a DARE officer and crime prevention officer, and now is the youth officer.

She previously served in the U.S. Air Force, worked with people in disabilities, and was a detention officer in Bridgeport.

DeBrum has been an active community volunteer, assisting the American Cancer Society, Shelton Mentoring Program, and a bike ride that benefits the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven.

Honor guard salute

During the March 26 police ceremony at the Shelton Senior Center, city Emergency Management Director Michael Maglione served as master of ceremonies. Mayor Mark Lauretti and Police Chief Joel Hurliman also spoke at the event.

There was an honor guard salute and Francesca Scarpa from Center Stage Theatre sang the National Anthem and God Bless America.

Three department members were honored for 30 or more years of service, commendations were awarded for extraordinary actions, and eight department members were promoted.

Look for more details and photos from the ceremony on this website in the coming days.

Click below to read about other police department members recognized at the event: