NEW CANAAN — In wake of recent retirements, the New Canaan police department has promoted four officers, adding a new captain, a new sergeant and two new lieutenants.

“We are proud of these newly promoted officers, their accomplishments and their dedication to our Department and Town,” chief of police, Leon Krolikowski, said in a statement. “These promotions will empower us to continually provide the highest level of service to our community.”

Promotion to Captain

Lt. Andrew Walsh was promoted to Captain after 16 years with the force. Walsh previously served as a patrol officer, a dispatcher, a patrol sergeant, a DEA Task Force Agent, an Investigative Section Sergeant and a patrol lieutenant.

Walsh serves as the team leader of the Department’s Special Response Team and will command the Staff Services Division.

During his career, Walsh has received many letters of appreciation and commendations for exceptional performance of his duties, as well as three Meritorious Duty Awards.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Promotion to Lieutenant

Sgt. Marc DeFelice was promoted to the rank of lieutenant after 13 years with the force. He’s been a patrol officer, dispatcher, acting sergeant, acting lieutenant, a field training officer, business liaison officer and youth officer. DeFelice is also a certified emergency medical technician and a member of the department’s Special Response Team and Honor Guard.

Defelice currently works in the Investigative Section as the Youth Officer. He will command the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift.

DeFelice has earned two Unit Citation Awards, Mothers Against Drunk Driving awards, a Medical Service Award, and the AAA Traffic Safety Award. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and English, and a Master’s Degree in National Security and Public Safety. He is a graduate of New Canaan High School.

Promotion to Sergeant

Officer Brian Mitchell was promoted to sergeant after 15 years with the department. Mitchell has served in various positions including as a patrol officer, dispatcher, field training officer, acting sergeant, computer forensic examiner and accreditation officer. He also leads the Department’s participation in various Special Olympics Activities.

Mitchell is assigned to the Recruitment, Training and Selection Office and manages the Department’s Accreditation Program.

Mitchell has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology & Criminal Justice. He and his wife, Kim, have two children.

Officer Jason Kim was also promoted to Sergeant after serving with the department for 10 years. He has worked in various positions including patrol officer, acting sergeant, computer forensic examiner, Special Response Team member, Honor Guard Member and School Resource Officer.

Sgt. Kim is assigned as to the Investigative Section as the Youth Officer.

Kim is the first Asian-American officer hired in the history of our Department and is now the only Asian-American Supervisor ever to work for our Department. He and his wife, Pam, have three children. Kim has a bachelor’s in marketing and is enrolled in a master’s program in information and network security.

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