Shelton police officer promoted to detective; K-9 dog recognized for service

Shelton Police Department member Christopher Nugent was recognized during a recent promotion ceremony by the municipal law enforcement agency.

Nugent was promoted to detective last fall, and was among those recognized during the March 26 event.

Nugent previously served as the department’s K-9 handler, and the police dog under his care — Jager — also was honored during the ceremony due to the canine’s retirement from the force.

Another department member, Lubelia DeBrum, also was promoted to detective. DeBrum is the first female sworn detective in the agency’s history.

Det. Christopher Nugent’s background

Nugent was hired as a Shelton police officer in 2006. He was a field training officer and the K-9 handler for six years.

In 2009, he was named Shelton Police Officer of the Year.

Nugent graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology.

He is a graduate of the Fairfield County Detective School.

K-9 Jager

Jager, a German shepherd, began his service with the department in 2008. He was paired with then-officer Christopher Nugent.

Jager retired from the force in the fall of 2014. During his time with the department, Jager assisted in about 75 successful tracks and apprehended as many as 15 dangerous suspects.

Nugent and Jager also were active in the community. The pair was known to visit area schools and attend local functions and programs.

“K-9 Jager was an asset to the department and assisted several local, state and federal agencies during his career,” according to the ceremony program.

Click below to read more about Jager:

Honor guard salute

During the March 26 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 members were promoted.

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

Sgts. Siglinger and Yerzak:

Capts. Kozlowsky and Sequeira:

Det. DeBrum:

Officers Eldridge and Norris:

Chief Hurliman:

Sgt. Zaksewicz:

Click below to read a list of deceased Shelton Police Department members: