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Yankees Cashman to Help Honor Stamford Top Cops

STAMFORD, Conn. — Members of the Stamford Police Department will get to meet and hear from New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman at their annual Officer of the Year Awards Dinner next week.

This year the department will honor Officers Rhett Connelly and Troy Judge, who have been working the night shift together — midnight to 8 a.m. — since 2007. They have been friends since meeting at the Police Academy in 2005, a news release said.

“We get a lot of satisfaction out of protecting the public at a time when citizens are most vulnerable,” Judge said in the release.

Some of the highlights over their careers include:

? Taking numerous weapons off the street in 2011, including a Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 .22-caliber rifle along with 22 rounds of ammunition.

? Arresting two people suspected of numerous car burglaries on the East Side in Stamford in 2008.

? Seizing 22.3 grams of crack cocaine and 1.5 grams of heroin laced with marijuana during a motor vehicle stop in 2008.

? Seizing 175.5 grams of powdered cocaine with an estimated street value of $17,000 in 2007.

“Officer Connelly and Officer Judge are indicative of the valuable work provided by the members of the Stamford Police Department that has contributed to our city being ranked among the safest in the United States,” Sgt. Joseph Kennedy, president of the Stamford Police Association, said in the release.

The event will be held at Giovanni’s in Darien on Thursday, June 14. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by contacting cgioielli@stamford.ct.us or pdispagna@ci.stamford.ct.us or by buying an ad.

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