Chief Robin Montgomery announces the appointments of Steven P. Rountos and Brian R. Flanagan as the newest officers in the Brookfield Police Department. Town Clerk Joan Locke administered the Oath of Office at a brief ceremony at the Brookfield Police Department on Wednesday evening, during the Brookfield Police Commission meeting.
Rountos and Flanagan were chosen as the top candidates from a field of over 250 individuals who tested for the position. Their appointments bring the department to full staff, filling a new position created in the current budget to replace an officer assigned to the Statewide Narcotics Task Force and to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of a veteran officer. Additional hires are anticipated in the next 6 months to fill vacancies created by the retirement of additional veteran officers.
Steven Rountos graduated from Brookfield High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice and Law Administration from Western Connecticut State University. His most recent employment, prior to joining the Brookfield Police Department, was as a host and waiter at the Windmill Diner in Danbury. He also worked several part-time jobs while attending school. In addition, Rountos was a member and later an advisor in the Danbury Police Department Explorer program. Rountos lives in Brookfield.
Brian Flanagan graduated from Cheshire High School and attended Western Connecticut State University, majoring in Justice and Law Administration. He has served in the United States Navy since 1994 and has been deployed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He continues to serve his country in the US Navy Reserves. Prior to joining the Brookfield Police Department, Flanagan worked as a District Manager for Service First Merchandising. Flanagan lives in Woodbury.
Rountos and Flanagan will begin their training at the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council’s Academy in Meriden on Friday, January 4. They are expected to graduate at the end of June and begin a 12 week Field Training Program, at the Brookfield Police Department, before assuming their duties sometime in late September.