Chief of Police
Groton Police Department
Groton, Connecticut, United States
L. J. Fusaro is the Chief of Police for Groton, CT. In 2019, the GTPD team of 70 sworn and 20 civilians partnered with Puppies Behind Bars for the first of its kind Police Service Dog, serving the community with positive outreach while also assisting area first responders. Chief Fusaro retired from the Connecticut State Police in 2015, having held multiple command positions. His last was Director, Office of Counterterrorism, concrrently serving as CO of the CSP Emergency Services Unit. He's received numerous awards including recognition by the FBI Director as the Tactical Commander for the Sandy Hook shootings in December 2012. In 2020 he received the Distinguished Chiefs Award from the Connecticut Police Commissioners Assn. He holds a BA from The Citadel, MS from Western New England Univ. and is a graduate of the FBI NA and the Naval Postgraduate School ELP and FCLP Programs. His affiliations include IACP, PERF, MPRA and NGAUS. He was promoted to Brigadier General and retired from the Connecticut National Guard in May 2022 after commanding the 169th Regt. and serving as the SME for the Army National Guard MP branch. He has been married to Heather for 25 years and they have 2 sons.
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