Ridgefield police captain promoted to major

RIDGEFIELD — A 25-year veteran of the town’s police force was recently promoted from the rank of captain to major.

Shawn Platt was sworn in as the Ridgefield Police Department’s new second-in-command last Friday at town hall.

“I am honored to be given this opportunity and look forward to many years of assisting the chief and our staff in moving the department forward to better serve the community of Ridgefield,” he told Hearst Connecticut Media.

Platt joined the force as a patrol officer in 1996 and worked his way up the ranks.

He was promoted to a youth officer and detective in 2001, patrol sergeant in 2009, patrol lieutenant in 2012 and captain of the professional standards division in 2019. He has also served as commander of the police department’s accident investigation team.

In addition to police work, youth-centered community programs have been a part of Platt’s career.

He started the police department’s Junior Police Academy in 2002, as well as Kids and Cops — a program held in partnership with Ridgefield’s Boys and Girls Club.

Platt has also been recognized as the Ridgefield Police Department’s Officer of the Year and the recipient of its Exceptional Service and Unit Citation awards.

Platt has been the recipient of the Ridgefield Police Department’s Exceptional Service and Unit Citation awards. He was also named the department’s Officer of the Year in 2004 and its PBA Officer of the Year in 2008.