GREENWICH, CT — The Greenwich Police Department welcomed three new officers into the ranks on Monday afternoon with a swearing-in ceremony at the Public Safety Complex.
First Selectman Fred Camillo, who also serves as the police commissioner, administered the oaths to Sabah Ali, Joseph Marini and Alexander Moran.
“For these three candidates to get to this position, it took quite a long time,” GPD Chief James Heavey said to a small crowd gathered in the John Margenot Atrium.
“There was a written test, an agility test, interviews, background checks, polygraphs, medical exams. It really took many months to get to this point, and really years of preparation, education and work experience. It’s a testament to get this far,” Heavey added.
Ali, who is already a certified police officer, started his training Monday. He’ll be attending a comparative police academy before he begins his field training.
Marini and Moran will attend the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden, which begins in April. After completing their six-month training, they will return to Greenwich to begin their mandated 12-week field training program.
Ali comes to Greenwich with extensive experience in the armed forces and law enforcement. Born and raised in Iraq, Ali served as a translator in the United States Army from 2005 to 2012.
After moving to the U.S., in 2012, Ali was part of the Administrative Civilian Staff in the New York City Police Department. In 2018, he became an NYPD officer and worked out of the 17th precinct in Manhattan.
Ali lives in Westchester County with his wife and son, and has an associate’s degree in liberal arts from LaGuardia Community College, and is currently attending the John Jay School of Criminal Justice.
Ali said he’s “very excited” to join the GPD — a career move which will enable him to have more of a work/life balance, he said. Ali noted his previous experience in law enforcement will serve him well.
“I think all of my training will help me to be a better police officer by having all my skills I’ve gathered all these years to respond to situations to deescalate, which is the main goal everyone is trying to achieve, and get compliance without any issues,” Ali told Patch. “The most important thing is preserving life and the protection of the laws and the constitution here in Connecticut.”
Marini was born in Greenwich. His father has been the longtime owner of Chicken Joe’s, the beloved Greenwich eatery.
Marini graduated from Arlington High School in Dutchess County, N.Y., in 2017. In 2021, he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in justice law from Western Connecticut State University.
Prior to joining the GPD, Marini worked at Amazon and as a supervisor at a local gym.
“My father is a business owner in this town, I grew up in this town, and I always wanted to be here and carry on the name,” Marini said.
Moran was born in Bridgeport and raised in Trumbull, where he graduated high school and later graduated from Western New England University in Springfield, Mass.
An avid athlete, Moran played football throughout high school and college.
In college, Moran studied criminal justice, and his interest in policing grew. But being a police officer was something he wanted to do his whole life.
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“I always knew I wanted to help my community and be someone really important in the community, and serve people,” Moran said. “To be in a town like Greenwich and a department like Greenwich… It’s a dream come true.”
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