Letter: Herbst administration puts public safety first

To the Editor:

Trumbull has prided itself on the safety of its citizens. First Selectman Herbst ensured that our town has the highest quality of life and that our police force is treated with respect and dignity. Over the past six years, we have seen our community grow with our police force working together. Our town was recognized as the fourth safest community in Connecticut. First Selectman Tim Herbst honored me with an appointment as to the Police Commission in 2009 and I was elected chairman in a bipartisan vote in 2010. The meetings of the Police Commission took on the first selectman’s strong passion for the safety of our community, whether it's the safety of our children, or the well-being of our seniors is present in his everyday work.

With Trumbull’s geographic location so close to Connecticut’s largest urban center, the town is faced with many public safety challenges. The Herbst administration has worked hard with our Emergency Medical Services professionals to the level of excellence, earning the Governor’s award in 2014. The Herbst Administration introduced a K-9 unit and bike patrol to better meet the demand of serving and protecting our town. Following the tragic events of Sandy Hook, First Selectman Herbst's promised to improve Trumbull’s safety provisions for our children, increasing security measures and improving the technology for our first responders.

First Selectman Herbst has a specific plan that will continue to improve public safety for Trumbull, including implementing body cameras by the end of 2015 that will surely promote accountability for the officers and the persons of interest, leading to faster convictions and more results. A plan to consolidate the regional dispatch centers of Fire, Police and Emergency Medical Services will promote a cohesive communication between the departments and promote safety. The Herbst administration also plans to invest in the Mary Sherlach Counseling Center for additional mental health wellness and prevention services; the first selectman’s compassion for our most vulnerable community members is evident in his mission for the town.

It has been my honor to be chairman of the Police Commission for the past five years. I have been fortunate enough to witness, first hand, the tireless and decisive actions of First Selectman Herbst in storms and emergency events. I have been a friend of Tim Herbst for over 12 years and I am proud to support him and the entire Herbst Team on Nov. 3.
Jack Testani,
Chairman, Town of Trumbull Police Commission