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Westport police salute new lieutenant, sergeant

Updated 8:25 am, Saturday, January 12, 2013
  • Police Sgt. Jillian Cabana and Lieut. Eric Woods were sworn in to their new ranks Friday by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff at Westport Police Department headquarters.  Westport CT 1/11/13 Photo: Jarret Liotta / Westport News contributed
    Police Sgt. Jillian Cabana and Lieut. Eric Woods were sworn in to their new ranks Friday by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff at Westport Police Department headquarters. Westport CT 1/11/13 Photo: Jarret Liotta

 

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Police Chief Dale Call feels the accomplishments of his officers are sometimes overlooked. On Friday, however, two members of the town's police force were accorded their due.

Eric Woods, who had been a sergeant, was formally promoted to the rank of lieutenant, while Jillian Cabana, previously a detective, was promoted to sergeant.

"There are a few things that I do get to do as chief of police that are really enjoyable, and promotional ceremonies are one of them," Call said.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff swore in Woods, then Cabana, before a crowd of about 60, including many members of the force, family and friends.

"I'm looking forward to the new challenge," said Woods, a Milford resident who joined the force in 2001.

"It's nice to be recognized for stuff like this," he said, noting that the promotional process was a long one. "It's a lot of time away from the family, and to be recognized for it is nice."

Woods was joined by his wife, Sarah, and their two boys Connor, 5, and Ryan, 2.

Meanwhile, Cabana, a Fairfield resident, is not only taking on the new job, but she and her husband, Tad, are expecting the birth of their first child about March 25.

"I'm excited," said Cabana, who joined the force in 2006. "I have a lot going on right now, and I'm excited to start a new chapter here, and as a mom."

"We haven't had the opportunity to promote a soon-to-be mom to a promotional position," Call said of Cabana.

Call said both Cabana and Woods scored "extremely high" on the promotional exams," indicating their potential longevity with the department.

"Long after we've retired," the chief said, "you're the type of people who are going to be running this department."

"I'm proud of both of you and we look forward to working with you," he said.

Call also took the opportunity to acknowledge 30 members of Westport's police force who have volunteered their time to help officers in Newtown following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre over the last several weeks.

"Really, it makes me proud," he said. "We don't advertise it. We don't publicize it. We do what we do because it's what we are ... It is what we do (and) what we will always continue to do."

Joseloff said he regularly hears comments about the good work the police do in town, especially following Superstorm Sandy.

"I think the people of Westport know very well, and have come to know even more so during the storm ... how much we are indebted to the men and women of the Westport Police Department."