The Darien Police Department announced the hiring of two new officers to the department. Kelly Thurston of Naugatuck and Steven Costantini of Milford were sworn in as members of the department in a ceremony at the Board of Police Commissioners on March 29.

Thurston comes to the Darien Police after being employed as a physical education and health teacher for the Naugatuck School District. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Connecticut State University.

Costantini comes to the department from Yale Health where he was an human resources specialist. Steven holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut.

Thurston and Costantini were the two were selected at the conclusion of a highly-competitive and lengthy application process. The hiring process includes, but is not limited to; a written exam, an oral board interview, a polygraph examination, a thorough background investigation, a psychological exam, and a police commission interview.

The two will start the State of CT Municipal Police Academy on April 9  in Meriden which will run for 26 weeks. After graduating from the academy, the two new officers will undergo threemonths of training in Darien with a field training officer. After successful completion of the above two training segments, the officers will be able to assume full law enforcement responsibilities.

Darien police welcome Steven and Kelly to the department and wish them the best of luck.