Five promoted in Stamford Police Department
STAMFORD — Mayor David Martin said the promotions of five police officers this week is more an indication of their potential in their new roles than their decorated accomplishments.
“Gentleman, a lot of people believe you being promoted was a recognition of what you have done,” Martin said Tuesday at the Government Center ceremony. “You have been promoted because we have a hope and expectation that you will do more in your future position than what you have done in the past.”
About 80 family, friends and colleagues watched the promotions of Capt. Thomas Barcello, 49, Lt. Douglas Deiso, 47, and Sgts. Jeffrey Booth, 47, Rafael Barquero, 45, and Ryan McAllister, 41.
“Remain humble and be compassionate to those who have not been as fortunate as you,” Police Chief Jon Fontneau told the group. “Be honest, not only to yourself, but to everyone you come in contact with. Be loyal to the police department and everyone you work with. Be accessible to the public and always, always, always and I can’t say this enough, treat people the way you would like to be treated.
“Take ownership for your actions, and more importantly, for your lack of actions. Lead by example and lead with honor.”
Public Safety Director Ted Jankowski said the promotions are the result of the officers’ relentless work.
“Your hard work and dedication has shown through as Stamford remains the safest city in Connecticut and in New England,” he said. “I also note that this sacrifice was shared by your family and I want to say ‘thank you’ to your family members for their support and your success in the department.”
Barcello said he will miss the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, where he supervised three major crime squads, when he becomes the commanding officer on the city’s West Side.
“It’s bittersweet,” he said. “I’m so in tune with what I am doing now in the detective bureau. It is like I am being removed from the guys a bit and now I will be dealing more with the public, which is not a bad thing. But it’s taking me out away from the men and women I have been working with and putting me out there with the public.”
Capt. Richard Conklin, who oversees the investigative wing of the police department, said Barcello was an important asset to the bureau.
“Tommy has been a wonderful addition to our investigative unit,” he said. “We are going to miss him. He has a wonderful work ethic. He is wonderful with our personnel and the community. I’m unhappy he is going to leave us, but he has to go on to his next assignment.”
Deiso, who has been running one of three units in the Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad, will become the night tour supervisor for the patrol division.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “I work for one of the best police departments in New England.”
Conklin said Deiso will also be missed.
“Doug Deiso has been in a number of positions and has done a wonderful job with his crew in the Narcotics and Organized Crime squad,” Conklin said. “He has been in a number of different places around the department, where he has been involved in the uniform division, with our K-9s and in training, where he has distinguished himself at every stop.”
Sgt. Andrew Gallagher said Booth has been a big asset to the Traffic Unit investigating fatal accidents as part of the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad.
“Officer Booth has proven himself as one of our most reliable officers,” Gallagher said. “He is constantly on call and has never not come back when we have needed him to handle any of a number of assignments. He is one of the most well-rounded officers we have.”
McAllister is a 15-year veteran of the department.
“I’m very excited and looking forward to turn to a new chapter,” he said. “And I’ll be learning from the ones who came before me and help teach the new guys.”
Barquero has been an investigator in one of the three major crime squads.
“I feel great and I’m looking forward to the challenge to make this city better,” he said.