New Milford Police Officer Alexander Michael Relyea, 26, was sworn in as a member of the police department July 11 at New Milford Town Hall.

Officer Relyea graduated from the Connecticut Police Academy on July 11 after spending 24 weeks at the academy, said Sgt. James Dzamko.

Some of the subjects covered in Officer Relyea's training were motor vehicle law, criminal law, investigative procedures, emergency medical response and tactical training.

Officer Relyea will be assigned to a 13-week minimum field training program where he will be instructed on New Milford Police Department polices and procedures.

His field training officers will also instruct him on using the knowledge he learned at the academy and applying it to real-life police work, Sgt. Dzamko said.

After successful completion of his field training, Officer Relyea will be assigned as a patrol officer to one of three shifts -- midnights, days or evenings -- in the police department.

Officer Relyea is a 2004 graduate of Brewster High School in New York. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in landscape architecture from the University of Rhode Island.

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