Four new officers have joined the Fairfield Police Department, and almost all of them have prior police experience.

Anthony Renaldi served three years with the Seymour Police Department and two years as an officer in Southbury. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration and information systems from Marist College.

While on the Seymour police force, Renaldi was recognized as Officer of the Year and also received three awards from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for DUI enforcement, a Distinguished Service Aware, CT SWAT Challenge Top Cop award and Tactical Athlete award.

Renaldi also trains in the martial arts.

William Beattie joins the Fairfield department after working as an officer in Wallingford for the past 2 years. A local resident and Fairfield Ludlowe High School graduate, Beattie has attended Post University and Sacred Heart University.

Nicole Gerosa comes to Fairfield after working as an officer in Guilford since 2011. She has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and political science from Sacred Heart University, and a master's degree in criminal justice, also from Sacred Heart.

Gerosa is a Staples High School lacrosse coach, as well as the Westport Youth League and the Darien Charter Club.

All three have graduated from the Connecticut Police Academy and are on the job.

The fourth new officer hired, Kate Costabile, is currently attending the academy. She joined the department after working for an ambulance service as an EMT and is a volunteer for a victim's advocacy agency. Costabile has a bachelor's degree in justice and law administration from Western Connecticut State University.