NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- The newest New Canaan Police recruit is a 27-year-old nine-year veteran of the U.S. Army.
Owen Ochs was one of 114 people who applied to join the department last fall. He begins his training at the Connecticut Police Academy's 357th training session on April 7. The academy is located in Meriden.
The Stamford resident was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army on Jan. 23 at the rank of staff sergeant, with a military occupational specialty in infantry. He completed deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan and later served as a recruiter.
Chief Leon Krolikowski said Ochs brings an impressive background to the department.
"We are proud to bring an officer of Owen Ochs' caliber on-board our Department," he said. "Owen is an ideal fit for our Department, given his many years of honorable military service as an Army combat veteran, and his excellence while serving in progressively more responsible leadership positions."
During his military career, Ochs was awarded several medals and commendations for performance in his duties. He earned an associate’s degree with honors in general studies, through the American Military University while in the service. He is currently enrolled full time at the University of Connecticut, pursuing his bachelor’s degree with a major in Political Science.
His tentative graduation date from the academy is Sept. 20. After completion of the academy, Ochs will undergo a minimum of 400 hours of field training with the New Canaan Department before being certified as a probationary police officer.