BETHANY - The town has two new resident troopers to patrol its roads, help its residents in multiple ways and provide drug education for students in the upper elementary grades.

David Merriam and Scott Pardales share an office in the Town Hall and also work out of the Troop I Barracks on Amity Road here.

The two officer are replacing Daryll Christensen and Tony Cretella,. Christensen was selected from nine candidates to be a detective in the computer crime and electronic evidence unit in the forensic lab at the State Police headquarters in Meriden. Cretella was invited to join Governor Jodi Rell's security guard.

Perdales, 40, has served as a state trooper for 17years, seven of them at the barracks here. He also spent two years as the resident trooper in Killingworth, which he said resembled Bethany in its population size and residents who claim there are more horses than people in the town. He grew up in Wilton when it was more rural and now lives in Madison with his wife and four children. He enjoys fishing and hunting.

Merriam, 36, joined the State Police seven years ago and has been based at the barracks, mostly on patrol in Bethany. He formerly was with Risk Management, a Greenwich insurance brokerage for corporate accounts. He grew up in Orange and attended the Amity school system. He and his wife and their two children live in Woodbridge. They previously lived in Bethany and hope to return. He enjoys skiing and running in his spare time.