Middletown Police welcomed three new officers to the force Thursday in a ceremony at police headquarters.
Alex R. Foster, Jesse M. Santostefano and Ulyses Alvarez head next to the Connecticut Police Academy for Police Officer Standards and Training Council training.
Alex R. Foster grew up in Newington and graduated from Newington High School in 2009. While at Newington High School, Foster was a stand-out lacrosse player for the Newington team.
Since high school, Foster has been attending college part-time to earn his degree. Foster is also a member of the Newington Volunteer Fire Department where in addition to his firefighter duties, he also works at recruiting new candidates for the volunteer fire department.
Foster is a member of the Connecticut Army National Guard and last worked as a full-time recruiter for the guard in Hartford.
Jesse M. Santostefano grew up in Glastonbury and graduated from Glastonbury High School in 2007. While in high school, Santostefano was the captain of his baseball team, president of the Big Brother/Big Sister Program and vice president of the Safe Rides Program. He also earned two scholarships while in high school.
After high school, Santostefano attended college part-time and joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard. As a member of the Air National Guard, he was deployed to Afghanistan for a tour where he set up communications infrastructure at forward air bases. As a member of the guard, Santostefano earned several awards and medals for his service.
Ulyses Alvarez grew up in Waterbury and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 2010. Alvarez was a stand-out baseball player for Sacred Heart High School.
Since graduating high school, Alvarez has been pursuing his degree in Criminal Justice part-time at various universities while working full time. Alvarez worked as a security guard for Allied Barton prior to being hired by the Middletown Police Department.