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Commissioners Promote Three on Branford Police Force
Three Branford Police Department officers were recently promoted to new ranks, including (l-r) Lt. Corriane Dionne, Captain Greg Watrous and Sgt. Michael O'Connor. Photo from Branford Police Department on Facebook)
On February 12, the Branford Board of Police Commissioners and Chief Jonathan R. Mulhern announced the recent promotion of three Branford police officers. The promoted officers are Captain Greg Watrous, Lt. Corriane Dionne and Sgt. Michael O'Connor. The following information was shared by the commission and chief:
Captain Watrous was promoted from Lieutenant to Captain and will now serve as the Patrol Captain. He is an 18-year-veteran of the department and was promoted in 2019 to the rank of Lieutenant, where he was a Patrol Shift Commander. Prior to that, he had been a Sergeant since 2007. Watrous holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Eastern Connecticut State University. He completed the Command Series First Line Supervisor Course at Roger Williams University. He also had 3 years of previous law enforcement experience working for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and the Town of Westbrook before joining BPD.
Lieutenant Corrianne Dionne is an eight-year veteran of the department and will now serve as a Patrol Shift Commander. She previously served at the rank of Sergeant since 2018 and was a patrol shift supervisor. She is an Accident Reconstructionist and member of the South Central Regional Traffic Unit and is a Crisis Negotiator for the South Central Regional SWAT Team. Dionne is the department's Domestic Violence Liaison, as well as Social Media content creator and administrator. She has received numerous unit citations as well as a Medal of Commendation for Life Saving. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Arabic Language, as well as, a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven. She completed the Command Series First Line Supervisor Course at Roger Williams University. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Haven in the Forensic Science Department, teaching students in the M.S., Forensic Technology Graduate Program. Lieutenant Dionne created and developed an Accident Reconstruction course for the University.
Sergeant Michael O'Connor was promoted from patrol officer to Sergeant and will now serve as a patrol shift supervisor. O'Connor is a four year veteran of the Branford Police Department. Prior to that, he was an officer for the Meshantucket Pequot Tribal Police for several years following his retirement with the Madison Police Department in 2012. O'Connor had retired from Madison Police at the rank of Lieutenant, having served 24 years there. He also led and organized the Police Explorer Program as the Coordinator in Madison. In addition, he was a member of the Clinton Police Department for 5 years from 1983-1988. He has received numerous commendations and unit citations. O'Connor has attended Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY as well as Southern Connecticut State University. He completed a Command Seminar at the former New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. In his 37 year career, Sergeant O'Connor has served in a variety of capacities in various communities.