July 9, 2020

Retirement and Thanks from Lieutenant Marc Pisciotti

Dear Citizens of Essex:

As of September 1st, 2011, I will be retiring from the Essex Police.

I wanted to take the opportunity to say that I will miss the people who I have formed so many friendships and bonds with. To have had the opportunity to make an impact in so many lives and be able to have a positive influence on the youth of the Town through D.A.R.E. and other interactions for the past 13 years has been both an Honor and Privilege and I thank all the parents and their outstanding children who allowed me to do so. When young men and woman who you have had the opportunity to first meet and teach in 6th grade, but are now in college come up to you on the street when they see you and say “Hi Officer Marc” and start to tell you how their lives are going and about how they were able to use something they learned in D.A.R.E. or that you talked to them about to help them in certain situations, is one of the most satisfying feelings that an officer could ever experience and I thank them all for sharing that with me. When it is all said and done, Policing is about people and having the privilege of serving in a profession which allows you to be in the position where you can have a direct positive impact on our youth and in people’s lives is very rewarding. It’s not about writing tickets or trying to impose your authority on kids; it’s about being there when people need you and trying to make a difference when you can. I have been fortunate, in my 22 year career stemming from the New Haven Police Dept to the Essex Police Dept; I have had the opportunity to work with such Officers.

While with the Essex Police, I worked with Officers like (Ret) SGT Patrick Bowers, a true professional who always put the Town before himself, took pride in the service he gave and served with Honor and Integrity. Officer Salvatore Bevilacqua, though a young officer, one who has an understanding of this profession, cares about the Towns citizens and will certainly be the kind of Officer that will be an asset to the Town for years. Outstanding Resident Troopers like Detective Scott Wisner and SGT Paul Lussier who were not only great assets to the Town, but to their agency. Firefighters like Chief Paul Fazzino of the Essex Fire Dept who exemplified professionalism and dedication and who always worked tirelessly for the Town and the safety of its citizens, volunteering his time.

While teaching D.A.R.E. at Essex Elementary School for over the past decade plus, there have been many teachers and educators that have played major roles in the success of the program and I thank them all. However, I would like to publicly recognize one teacher and thank her for putting so much effort into helping me for the last 11 years to assure the success of the program. Her contributions and tireless efforts working on the scheduling, student/teacher participation and support of the program were instrumental, so to Mrs. Kathleen Marois, thank you for all you have done to help me and your commitment to both D.A.R.E. and to the education of young men and woman!

Lastly, I would like to thank First Selectman Philip J. Miller for allowing me the opportunity to serve the citizens of Essex and working side by side with me to provide the highest quality of police service to the Town. As I now retire from the Essex Police and look forward to new challenges, I will take the experiences and friendships I have made with me.

Once again, thank you so much and Godspeed!



Lieutenant Marc A. Pisciotti
Essex Police