May 9, 2021

Essex Welcomes Two New Police Officers

L to R: Officer Todd Belmont (new); Corporal Russ Gingras; Trooper First Class Kerry Taylor; Schultz (K-9); Essex First Selectman Norman Needleman; Officer James Kenefick (Former State Trooper); Officer Scott O’Donnell (Former State Trooper (New)

The Town of Essex is pleased to announce the appointment of one new full-time and one new part-time police officer.

Scott O’Donnell, our full-time officer, resides in Old Lyme, and is a retired State Trooper. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Lyme Youth Service Bureau, and as a lieutenant at the Old Lyme Fire Department.

Todd Belcourt, our part-time officer, is a resident of Southington and currently serves as a part-time police officer in Chester and Southington, and also works as a teacher at Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden. He is certified in marine patrol law enforcement, and received two recognitions in 2008, a Citation Award from the Town of Chester, and an Achievement Award from the Town of Southington.

After a careful search process spanning several months, Trooper Kerry Taylor says that she is very pleased to have these new officers on board. “I am encouraged by their experience, dedication and professionalism. We are fortunate to have them.”

First Selectman Norman Needleman concurs. “For various reasons, our Police Department has been understaffed for quite some time now. This will relieve some of the scheduling problems and provide better coverage on our streets.”

Officers O’Donnell and Belcourt will join Corporal Russell Gingras and Officer James Paul Kenefick as well as Resident Trooper Kerry Taylor.