Former New London cop among 3 new officers in Norwich

Norwich — The Norwich Police Department this week announced the addition of three new officers to its force. Former New London Police Officer Michael Lax, 27, of Gales Ferry, was sworn in Thursday and will immediately start his field training with the department. Lax served as a police officer in New London for three years, is a staff sergeant with the Connecticut National Guard and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut in mathematics. Police Officer Recruits Guy Cherenfant, 29, and Robert McKinney, 28, will be sworn in today. They will attend the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden on Jan. 3 and are expected to graduate in June. Cherenfant was born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. He lived there until the age of 16 before moving to Chatham, Mass. Cherenfant earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Mass. Cherenfant is fluent in French, French Creole and English. He resides in Putnam. McKinney was born in New London and raised in Quaker Hill. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Connecticut in 2008. He lives in Norwich.

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