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New reserve officer is 'ready to start'

Cary Ashby • Jun 25, 2019 at 10:00 PM

Cameron Lloyd grew up around the law enforcement community, so it only makes sense that one day he would want to serve and protect his community.

Lloyd, a 2015 South Central High School graduate, is the newest reserve officer for the Norwalk Police Department. Mayor Rob Duncan swore him into the part-time position Monday morning.

“I appreciate the offer. I’m ready to start,” an enthusiastic Lloyd said after signing part of his paperwork.

Lloyd was a candidate for a full-time position. Chief Mike Conney said it was tough making the final selections, but recommended Lloyd when the Erie County Sheriff’s Office was looking for full-time deputies.

“You’ll be stealing another one from us again,” joked Conney, who in all seriousness told the sheriff’s office that Lloyd would be “the perfect person” for the job.

However, when Lloyd heard about the deputy’s position, Conney said he was surprised to hear the young man say he wanted to work for Norwalk. 

“I think he’ll be an outstanding officer for us,” the chief added.

Duncan said the reserve officers have been a good “feeder program” for the department, especially when a full-time position becomes available due to retirements or officers taking another job.

Lloyd graduated from the Sandusky Police Academy in May. Conney knew him as a cadet. Lloyd said being a police officer is something he has wanted to do since he was in junior high school.

“I wanted to be part of that same team and take it on the road,” he added. “I’ve heard nothing but good things about Norwalk from everybody.”

While participating in the South Central Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) group, Lloyd was one of several students who helped raise about $800 for the canine units at the Huron County Sheriff’s Office in 2014. He said that was especially important since he heard the program is funded mainly by donations.

His father Mike has been a corrections officer at the county jail for 13 years and a canine officer for the last six. His younger brother Collin has been a military police officer with the National Guard for about a year. 

Several of Lloyd’s family members attended the brief swearing-in ceremony Monday. His parents, Mike and Aimee, of Greenwich; his brothers Evan and Collin; his aunt Jen Hess and her son Garrett, of New London; and his grandmother, Linda Early, of Greenwich, were there.

Mike Lloyd, when asked what will make Cameron a good cop, said part of it will be his training at the police academy and growing up in the law enforcement community.

“He’s got a good idea what he’s getting into,” the father added. “He’s got a good head on his shoulders.”

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