On March 9, he graduated from the police academy in Meriden. On March 10, he was sworn in as a new police officer in New Milford, and today he celebrates his 26th birthday.

With his father, Officer Willie Williams proudly watching, the new officer was sworn at 10 a.m. in Town Hall's E. Paul Martin meeting room by Town Clerk George Buckbee. His father pinned his badge on him as fellow officers and Police Chief Colin McCormack looked on.

"I am sure you will be an asset to our department and our community," Mayor Patricia Murphy said before the ceremony took place. "We are privileged to have you join the force."

A 1997 graduate of Danbury High School, Mark Williams spent a year in the police academy. He follows in the footsteps of his father, who has served as a patrol officer for the Danbury Police Department for 17 years.

"It was long, but I learned a lot. I met a lot of good people from around the state," Mark Williams said of the police academy. "I'm looking forward to working in New Milford."

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