New hire leaves Shelton PD, returns to Stratford force

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Shelton Police

Shelton Police

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SHELTON — The police department is down an officer, with one of its new hires sworn in earlier this month deciding to remain with his old force in Stratford.

Police Lt. Robert Kozlowsky confirmed that John Cannata, one of the five new hires sworn in at City Hall on Jan. 11, resigned from the Shelton force to remain in Stratford, where he lives and runs his own business.

This departure leaves the police department at 48 members, with another new officer to be sworn in next week, Kozlowsky said.

“(Cannata) spoke with the administration, thanked them for the opportunity, but his family and his business are in Stratford. ... His decision to stay there was based on that,” Kozlowsky said. “He had nothing but positive things to say about Shelton and the department.”

Cannata, who has experience as an outreach worker for community-based adolescent services, had been with the Stratford Police Department for some four years before deciding to come to Shelton. Kozlowsky said he will be returning to the Stratford department.

Kozlowsky said the department is in the process of testing for non-certified candidates.