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Posted on: July 19, 2022

Middletown Promotes Six Members of the Police Department

Sergeants Terribile and Tiano, Lieutenants Puorro and Bartolotta, Captains Hubbs and Godwin

On Tuesday, July 19th, 2022, the City of Middletown recognized the dedication of six of its public safety officers with a public promotion ceremony.  The list of promotions are:

Sergeant Jason Terribile

Jason Terribile grew up in the Town of Clinton, CT.  He was born into a law enforcement family and grew up watching his father, uncle and cousin navigate through their own law enforcement careers.  
Jason attended the Morgan High School. After graduating in 2005, Jason worked full-time for 4 years designing and building custom kitchens and furniture, while attending Middlesex Community College in the evening.  
Jason was hired in by the Simsbury Police Department in 2009 and attended the New Britain Police Academy.  Jason worked for the Simsbury Police Department for approximately three & a half years.  During his time with the agency, Jason received numerous citizen commendations and awards; one of which was a life-saving award for resuscitating 17 year-old drowning victim.
In January of 2013, Jason decided to transfer to the Middletown Police Department where he is currently assigned to the patrol division.  In addition to his regular patrol duties:  
-    Officer Terribile was selected to be a Field Training Officer in 2014.  
-    In 2015, Jason was selected to be a member of the Middletown SWAT team, and attended the Capital Region SWAT school.  He has held multiple positions on the SWAT team including Breacher, Sniper and currently as a Team Leader.
-    Jason was an intricate part of the development and implementation of this agencies’ “Drone” program and is licensed pilot to operate the drone system.  
-    Officer Terribile is a grant writer and has secured funding to provide technological advances for this agency.
-    Jason is certified in Critical Risk Assessments, where he has been utilizing his knowledge to build a comprehensive database to safeguard our City’s government and business structures.  
-    Jason is active in the community and is currently teaching children at the Beman Middle School through their 21st Century STEAM Summer program.  
-    Jason also has received numerous awards and citizen commendations during his tenure with the Middletown Police Department.
Jason is married to his wife Morgan of nine years and they have two (2) daughters; Hadley and Piper.  He is an active member of his community in the Town of East Hampton, where he is the Director of the East Hampton Soccer Clubs Rec program.  

Sergeant Matthew Tiano

Officer Matthew Tiano grew up in Hebron CT and was raised by his father, Robert Tiano. He graduated RHAM High School in 2006 and was accepted in to Eastern Connecticut State University. While in college; Matt completed internships with Connecticut State Police-Troop K and the Connecticut Police Academy. Matt graduated with honors in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a minor in Criminology.
Matt was hired by the Middletown Police department in December of 2012 and is nearing his 10th year anniversary with the department.
Matt attended the New Haven Police Academy.  After completing his field-training program, Matt was assigned to the patrol division.   In addition to his regular patrol duties, Matt has taken on additional responsibilities & duties.
In 2014, Matt was selected to be a member of the Middletown Police Emergency Response Team where he held the position of police sniper and is currently assigned as a Team Leader.
-    In 2017, Matt was selected to be a Field Training Officer; training new hires for the Middletown Police Department.
-    In 2019, Matt was selected as a defensive tactics Instructor and is a member of the Tactical Training Unit. Matt is a State-certified Police Instructor and is certified to teach Use of Force, de-escalation and subject matters pertaining to arrest and control. Matt has assisted with in-service training for our agency as well as instructed at the Police Academy.
-    Matt is a board member of the departments Police Activity League and has an active role in establishing positive relationships with the youth within our city.
-    Matt is a part of the Middlesex County Opioid Task Force working with members of the community who are working together to find solutions and preventative measures to help address quality of life concerns without our city.
-    Matt was also selected to be a part of our agencies patrol operations task force where members of the department work together to facilitate day to day operations within the department.
-    Matt has received awards for emergency live-saving; Meritorious Service and several letters of commendation.

Lieutenant Derek Puorro

Derek Puorro grew up in Middletown and is a graduate of Xavier High School.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Charter Oak State College.  
Derek spent 6 years on active duty in the United States Army, receiving an honorable discharge at the rank of Staff Sergeant.  While in the Army; he completed a deployment to Bosnia as part of NATO’s Stabilization Force.
Derek started his law enforcement career at the East Lyme Police Department in 1999 shortly after getting out of the Army.  
Derek was hired by the Middletown Police Department in February of 2001.  He has served as a Patrolman, School Resource Officer and a Detective in both the Detective Bureau and the Special Investigations Unit as well as a Patrol Sergeant on all three shifts.  
Derek has taught DARE for 11 years and was a SWAT operator for 13 years where he was specially trained as an explosive breacher.
Derek currently serves in the Administrative Division and he is the department’s DARE program coordinator.

Lieutenant Sebastiano Bartolotta

Sergeant Sebastiano “Sebby” Bartolotta has been an accomplished member of the Middletown Police Department for over twenty-nine years.
His family emigrated from Italy to the United States in 1966 and settled in Middletown. Sergeant Bartolotta attended Middletown Public Schools and graduated from Vinal Technical High School. Sebby’s first language is Italian which he is fluent in and English is his second language.
In 1991, Sebby decided to pursue his passion for Law Enforcement. He enrolled in the criminal justice program at Tunxis Community College, while he worked full-time.
In 1992, he was selected as voluntary provisional member of the Middletown Police Auxiliary Unit, where he served one year.
On October 18, 1993, Sergeant Bartolotta was selected as a full time Police Officer with the City of Middletown. After graduation from the Connecticut Police Academy, he was assigned to the North End as a beat officer to the community he grew up in. He spent the next five years building relationships with the community and local business owners by attending North End Community meetings and working with local residents to address quality of life issues and community concerns.
From 1999 until 2004, Sergeant Bartolotta was assigned to the Street Crime Narcotics Unit. There he collaborated with the Middletown Police Detective Bureau and many other police agencies including the Connecticut State Police Narcotics Task Force.
Sergeant Bartolotta retuned to patrol in 2004 and was chosen to attend the State Police Motorcycle Officer Training Program, receiving his Motor Officer Certification.  As a Motor Officer, he was assigned to the Traffic Division.
He was also selected as a member of the Middletown Police S.W.A.T. Team in 2004 where he was assigned to the Entry Team and the Sniper Team. During his time of service on the team, he received the following training & certifications:
-     S.W.A.T. Level One ,
-    Advance S.W.A.T. Level Two
-    Commander Certification
-    Basic Sniper & Advanced Sniper Certifications
He served eleven years on the SWAT team. Nine years as a Sniper, three years as Commander of the Sniper Team and three years as S.W.A.T. team Commander. He retired from the team in 2015.
Sebby also served in the Detective Division for a short period of time before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2011.
For the past 11 years, Bartolotta has worked the 2nd shift as the Sergeant and as the Supervisor of the Motorcycle Unit. His volunteer work includes the Middletown Kids Fair, Veterans Run for the Fallen, Law Enforcement Torch Run, South Fire Safety Fair, Law Enforcement Fallen Officers Memorial, State Police Motorcycle Officer Training program, and Military Funerals escorts to honor our Veterans. Sergeant Bartolotta has also volunteered as a Police Explorer Youth Adviser and presently serves as a Field Training Officer.  
During his twenty-nine years of service, Sergeant Bartolotta has received many awards and letters of appreciation of service for going above and beyond in the line of duty. These awards include:
- six Outstanding Letters of Commendation,
- five Outstanding Meritorious Medals,
- four Outstanding Unit Citation Medals,
- and One Outstanding Exceptional Service Award Medal.
His badge will be pinned by his wife Mary Bartolotta.

Captain Brian Hubbs

Brian Hubbs grew up in the Town of Southington. He graduated from the University of New Haven at the top of his class with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement Science and an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement Administration. He is currently pursuing a Degree in Psychology.
Brian began his career in Law Enforcement in 1997 as a part time Police Officer for the Town of Southington but transferred to the Plainville Police Department in November of 1998. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in Plainville but sought a more diverse career in Law Enforcement.
Brian transferred to the Middletown Police Department in March of 2005 and has held a number of positions within the agency since his appointment. Brian was assigned to the department’s quality of life task force, the Middletown Street Crime Unit and the CT State Police Narcotics Task Force. He was an active member of multiple local and city organizations such as the North End Action Team, the Mayor’s Code Enforcement Team, and the Mayor’s Homelessness Task Force. Brian was an active member of the Middletown Emergency Response Team from 2008 until 2014 and he specialized in Explosive Breaching, Hostage Rescue, and Simunitions Training.
Brian was promoted to rank of Sergeant in April of 2011. As a Sergeant he supervised Patrol Officers and Operators on the Emergency Response Team.
In 2012, Brian was tasked with restructuring & modernizing the department’s Evidence and Property Unit before being transferred to the Professional Standards Division as the agency’s Internal Affairs Investigator. In his role with Professional Standards, Brian was responsible for investigating the department’s most sensitive internal matters, the training and education of officers, implementing Department policies and procedures, and he specialized in investigating Use of Force incidents. He was also the Field Training Coordinator for new officers joining the department.
Brian was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in May of 2019 and supervised department operations on the midnight shift. In 2021, he was transferred to the Support Services Division where he currently oversees the Records Division and the Evidence and Property Unit. Brian also serves as the Department’s Public Information officer.  
When Brian is not working, he spends most of his free time with his family, his lovely fiancé LeeAnne, and his 9-year-old son Blake.

Captain David Godwin

After serving as a Middletown Police Explorer and later as an Auxiliary Police Officer, Dave hired as a Middletown Police Officer on November 08, 1994.  
Dave served a decade in the Patrol Division, and transferred to the Traffic Bureau in 2004. Dave was the first Police Officer in CT to hold an Accident Reconstruction Accreditation through ACTAR.  
On September 30, 2013, Dave was promoted to Sergeant.  He was a Patrol Supervisor on Midnights.
In late 2013, Dave was transferred to Traffic Bureau as Supervisor and remained in that position until December 10, 2018. During that time, He supervised Traffic Officers, and oversaw traffic & safety planning for all City events. Currently, Dave is still the city’s Legal Traffic Authority.
On December 10, 2018, Dave was promoted to Lieutenant and became the Midnight Shift Supervisor. Dave oversaw the entire Midnight Patrol Shift of approximately 18 Officers including Sergeants.
July 08, 2019, Dave was transferred to the Investigative Services Division as Executive Officer and ultimately Commanding Officer. He oversaw the Major Investigations Unit, Special Investigations Unit, School Resource Officers, and the Street Crime Unit.
On April 26, 2021, Dave was transferred to the Administrative Division where he is currently assigned. In this position, Dave reports directly to the Deputy Chief of Police and Chief.
As an Administrative Lieutenant, his duties include direct oversite of:
-    Policy, Department Budget and audits,
-    IT Department, Building Maintenance,
-    Specialized Units: SWAT, Marine Unit & Dive Unit, K-9 Unit, Motorcycle Unit & Community Services Unit
-    As well as the Police Explorers, Police Athletic League, and Crisis Intervention Team.
Dave is the Police Liaison to Emergency Management, the CT Department of Transportation & CTIC.
In February 2022, Dave oversaw the creation of the Middletown Police Athletic League of which he is the President.
Dave has attended a multitude of advanced specialized/management training such as FBI-LEEDA program and numerous courses at Roger Williams University.

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