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Giving up green to go true blue

Iozzo beats financial hurdles to become town's newest officer

Christopher Iozzo. (click for larger version)
March 02, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — With tough economic times affecting every facet of town government, Christopher Iozzo took it upon himself to begin the process of becoming a Southbridge Police Officer.

To attend the Police Academy, most applicants receive sponsorship from their town's police department.

"I knew in the current economy that being put through [by the Southbridge Police Department] was going to be tough," said Iozzo, a life-long resident of Southbridge. "In order to make it happen, I knew that I would have to sacrifice things. I approached the Chief [Daniel Charette] to be a self-sponsor and he approved. I enrolled in the Massachusetts State Police Municipal Academy in New Braintree."

The academy is 21 weeks long and is modeled after the Marine Boot Camp training. Iozzo began the academy Aug. 30, 2010 and graduated Jan. 21. It was held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

"It's really based off of discipline," he said. "If you didn't have it, you were really put in your place. This is the career you chose and there are people above you and if you don't listen to what they say, you don't belong in this career."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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