Patrol Officer Christopher Cope
Patrol Officer Christopher Cope, 44 years old, is originally from East Lyme Connecticut. Chris graduated from the Ella T. Grasso Technical School, in Groton, with an Electrical Certificate in 1990. He later attended Mohegan Community College will working as an Electrical Apprentice.
In 1993 Chris joined the Connecticut State Police, following in his father’s footsteps as a Connecticut State Trooper, and attended the CSP 103rd. Training Troop Academy in Meriden. Among his many duties as a State Trooper, Chris was a K-9 handle; was assigned to the Hartford Safe Streets Task Force; and was a Resident State Trooper before retiring in 2013.
Officer Cope joined the Branford Police Department in 2015 as a Supernumerary Officer and later accepted the position as a Full-time Officer.
Officer Chris Cope has 3 children and enjoys fitness and SCUBA diving as hobbies.
Patrol Officer Jacob Cheesman
Patrol Officer Jacob Cheesman, 23 years old, joined the Branford Police Department in March, 2016. Jacob is a lifelong resident of Guilford, attended Guilford public schools and later graduated from High School in 2011. While in High School, Jacob raced motorcycles in the New England Amateur Motocross circuit. After graduating high school, Jacob attended the University of New Haven earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. While attending college, Jacob worked as a Loss Prevention Officer in the retail industry and also freelanced as a part-time mechanic.
Officer Cheesman attended the Connecticut Police Academy’s 353rd Session, graduating in September.
Officer Chessman said he has been interested in the Law Enforcement field since childhood and was a Guilford Police Explore, joining when he was 12 years old.
Officer Cheesman remains a resident of Guilford and his current hobbies include fishing and hiking.
Patrol Officer Ryan Gotowala
Patrol Officer Ryan Gotowala, 22 years old, joined the Branford Police Department in 2015. Ryan was a graduate of Bristol Eastern High School where he played Varsity Baseball and led the Varsity Football Team as their Captain during his senior year. After high school, Ryan attended Central Connecticut State College where he continues to pursue his Criminal Justice Degree.
Officer Gotowala, whose father and older brother are both Police Officers, attended Milford’s 25th Police Academy Class with Officers Suraci, Loftis and Romanello, graduating this past May.
Officer Gotowala enjoys spending time with his family, and all types of sports and fitness as hobbies.
Patrol Officer Michael Loftis
Patrol Officer Michael Loftis, 28 years old, is a lifelong resident of Branford. Mike attended Branford High School where he was a member of the Varsity Swim Team, serving as Captain in his senior year. When he graduated in 2006, he was elected a member of the National Honor Society. After completing high school, Mike attended Providence College, graduating in 2010 with a degree in History. While at Providence, Mike competed at the varsity level on the Men’s Swim Team.
In 2011 Mike joined the United States Air Force, serving four years as a Military Police Officer at a number of installations in the United States and Africa.
Officer Loftis joined the joined the Branford Police Department in 2015, attending Milford’s 25th Police Academy Class with Officers Gotowala, Suraci and Romanello, graduating this past May.
Officer Loftis commented that he loved growing up in Branford and is honored to become an officer in his hometown. “It’s important for me to give something back to the town and the people I love” Officer Loftis said.
Officer Loftis lives in Branford with his wife, Colleen, and enjoys reading, running, competitive swimming and fitness training.
Patrol Officer Michael O'Connor
Patrol Officer Michael O’Connor, 61 years old, is originally from Rockville Centre, New York. He attended South Side High School in Rockville, graduating in 1972. After high school Mike worked at a number of jobs in the banking and transportation industries.
In 1982 Mike moved to Connecticut and became a Clinton Police Officer in 1983, attending the Connecticut Police Academy’s 173rd Session. Mike worked in Clinton for 5 years before transferring to the Madison Police Department in 1988 where he worked for 24 years until his retirement in 2012. During his tenure in Madison, Mike rose through the ranks of Sergeant and Lieutenant as well as being assigned to the FBI Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
During his career in Law Enforcement, Mike has received a number of honors and awards including, but not limited to, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Enforcement Recognition Award; Madison Exchange Club, Officer of the Year 2005; and Madison Chamber of Commerce, Citizen of the Year 2006. Mike worked collaboratively with a number of boards and commissions to foster the Community Policing efforts in Madison.
After retiring from the Madison Police Department, Mike joined the Pequot Tribal Police working as an Officer from 2012 to 2015.
Officer O’Connor joined the Branford Police Department in 2015. He lives in Madison with his wife, Barbaranne and have son Ian, who is touring Asia.
Patrol Officer Amber Radomski
Patrol Officer Amber Radomski, 34 years old is originally from Easton Connecticut. Amber attended Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Connecticut. During high school, Amber played both basketball and softball and was Captain of both teams during her senior year. After graduating high school in 1999, Amber attended American International College (AIC), majoring in Business, earning her BSBA in 2003 and her MBA 2005. Amber continued her athletics in college where she led the Woman’s Softball Team as the Captain. After college, Amber worked in the field of education; however, continued her softball career, playing 13 seasons at both the professional and amateur levels.
Officer Radomski joined the Branford Police Department in 2014, and attended The Connecticut Police Academy’s 347th Session.
Officer Radomski said she always had a desire to become a police officer stating, “I'm very thankful for the great life I have been blessed with. I understand that strangers have protected me my entire life so that I can have many opportunities. I'm grateful for the people who protect my family and friends each and every day. This is my way of paying it forward to all of those people.”
Officer Radomski now resides in Branford.
Patrol Officer Christopher Romanello
Patrol Officer Christopher Romanello, 31 years old, is from Trumbull, Connecticut where he attended Trumbull High School, graduating in 2003. During all four years of high school, Chris played Center for the Varsity Ice Hockey Team. After graduation, Chris attended Central Connecticut State University where he earned his B.S. degree in Criminology. While in college, Chris continued his sports career as a member of schools Men’s Ice Hockey Team. While both in high school and college, Chris worked summers teaching sailing and leadership at a children’s camp in Massachusetts.
Prior joining the Police Department, Chris worked as a Legal Administrator for seven years.
Officer Romanello, whose father is a Greenwich Police Officer, joined the Branford Police Department in 2015, attending Milford’s 25th Police Academy Class with Officers Gotowala, Suraci and Loftis, graduating this past May.
Officer Romanello is living in Branford with his wife, Jenn and their dog Calder. Officer Romanello continues to play hockey in a men’s league, enjoys play guitar and writing music.
Patrol Officer Erik Suraci
Patrol Officer Erik Suraci, 28 years old, is from West Haven Connecticut. Erick graduated from West Haven High in 2006 and later attended Albertus Magnus College where he majored in Communications. Erik played Varsity Baseball while in high school and later in college, as the Team Captain during his senior year.
Prior to joining the Branford Police Department in 2015, Erik worked in the communications and personal banking fields.
Officer Suraci attended Milford’s 25th. Police Academy Class with Officers Gotowala, Loftis and Romanello, graduating this past May. Officer Suraci said that he chose the law enforcement profession to further his desire to help and assist people.
Officer Suraci, who is living in Branford with his wife, said he still plays softball as a hobby and enjoys fitness training.
Patrol Officer Jeffrey Zadjura
Patrol Officer Jeffrey Zadjura, 33 years old, is originally from Middletown Connecticut. Jeff graduated Cromwell High School in 2000 and later attended Middlesex Community College before joining the United States Coast Guard in 2001. While serving in the USCG Jeff was station at both Woods Hole, MA. and New London, CT.
Officer Zadjura joined the Branford Police Department in 2014 and attended The Connecticut Police Academy’s 347th Session.
Officer Zadjura said he has always wanted to work in law enforcement, "since I was a child", and his time in the Coast Guard is what really led him to choose law enforcement as a career.
Officer Zadjura enjoys all types of competitive sports as a hobby, except basketball, “Because I’m really bad at it.” he said.