Trumbull Police promote three

Two of Trumbull’s finest, Lt. Leonard Scinto and Sgt. Anthony Lopes, were promoted Tuesday night, surrounded by friends and family.

“I can say they are both extremely dedicated police officers and this isn’t just a job for them,” Chief Thomas Kiely said. “Promotions are a great thing for the Police Department — it shows movement and more ideas going forward. It makes us a stronger department.”

The promotion ceremony had extra meaning for Lt. Scinto, as his son, David Scinto, pinned his badge on him. It was a role reversal for the two, since about a year ago, Lt. Scinto pinned a badge on his son, who is now a Westport police officer and was once a Trumbull Police Explorer. David Scinto was the first Trumbull Police Explorer in town to secure a job as an officer, according to his mother, Kathy Scinto.

“As someone who has experienced that, I can say it’s one of the prouder moments in life,” Chief Kiely said of Lt. Scinto’s son pinning his badge on.

Lt. Scinto, a longtime resident, is entering his 30th year with the department and he has served as a EMT in town.

“I often joke with Sgt. Scinto that he is known as an accomplished marksman and that his shooting skill came from his mother,” First Selectman Timothy Herbst said at the ceremony.

Lt. Scinto’s mother, Maria Scinto, was in the crowd, later posing for a photo with both her son and grandson, who were both in uniform.

Sgt. Lopes was also commended for his dedication to the department, and Herbst said he hoped he had many years ahead to devote to the town.

“Who knows, he may take my job,” Chief Kiely said.

There have been a total of three recent promotions at the department. A ceremony for Sgt. Donald Allen was also held recently.

Police Commission Chairman Jack Testani said Sgt. Lopes, Sgt. Allen and Lt. Scinto were “outstanding” people who stood out for their commitment and years to the community.

“It was a very difficult decision choosing these positions,” Testani said. “All the candidates were very strong.”