Public Safety

Arrests and investigations out of the New Canaan Police Department as well as coverage of activity from New Canaan Fire Co. No. 1, including capital projects, staff promotions and work with community groups. We post tips and services from the New Canaan Fire Marshal as well as community events that involve police, fire and paramedics, such as the annaul Fishing Derby, talks at venues such as New Canaan Library and bulletins from officials in each organization.

Recent Articles

Police Checks on New Canaan Public Schools Up in 2018

New Canaan Police Department checks on public schools doubled year-over-year in 2018 and will continue to increase, Chief Leon Krolikowski said Wednesday. The rise in school checks—10, year-to-date, versus five at the same time last year—as well as in contacts with schools are “because [of] everything going on with our nation” and are designed to “make sure they are as safe as possible,” Krolikowski said during a regular meeting of the Police Commission, held at NCPD headquarters. Asked about the initiative before the commission went into executive session, the chief said the attention on schools is “more intensive.”

“I don’t want to go into specifics, but we are paying more attention and trying to be more diligent in our checks and make people feel safer,” he said. Asked whether the intensified effort follows directly from the school shooting deaths last week of 17 people in Parkland, Fla., Krolikowski said, “A little bit.”

“We have our SROs at the high school and junior high school. We also have our liaison officers that are assigned to all the other schools that are temporary part-time kind of thing, as a connection. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , ,

Two Teens Arrested for Stealing iPhones at NCHS

Police on Wednesday arrested two Norwalk teenagers by warrant in connection with the theft of iPhones at New Canaan High School. At about 7:50 p.m. on Feb. 2, an officer was dispatched to NCHS on a report that two iPhones had been stolen from separate backpacks left in the lobby area of the gym, police said. New Canaan hosted Brien McMahon High School in a home basketball game that Friday night, according to the team’s schedule. Other sports also were occurring at that time, police said, though a review of video surveillance led authorities to identify two male suspects seen stealing the devices. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , ,

Local Man Cited for Illegally Tossing Garbage Bags in Dumpster Downtown

Police on Saturday cited a 23-year-old New Canaan man for simple trespass and unlawful dumping after he got caught throwing garbage bags into a dumpster downtown. At about 4:26 p.m. on Feb. 17, officers were dispatched to the commercial building at the corner of Locust Avenue and Cherry Streets on a report of 10 large black garbage bags dumped into a large garbage container there without permission, police said. During an investigation, officials reviewed video surveillance that showed a motor vehicle later determined to belong to the 23-year-old, a Hawthorne Road resident, according to a police report. The video showed him pull up to the container, exit the vehicle and place all 10 bags in it, the report said. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , ,

First-Degree Threatening Charge for New Canaan Man


Police on Thursday evening arrested a 79-year-old New Canaan man and charged him with first-degree threatening. At about 6 p.m. on Jan. 31, police took a complaint from a victim regarding a threatening incident, according to a police report. Following an investigation, police obtained an arrest warrant. It isn’t clear whether or how the arrested man is related to the victim or what the threat involved. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , ,

Selectmen Approve New Security Cameras at NCPD

Town officials on Tuesday approved a $9,205 contract with a Norwalk-based company to replace security cameras at the New Canaan Police Department. The Board of Selectmen voted 2-0 in favor of the contract with Security Solutions. The funds are to be paid of out this year’s approved capital budget, according to Police Capt. Andrew Walsh. The department’s current video surveillance system is “over a decade old with grainy footage,” Walsh said during the selectmen’s regular meeting, held at Town Hall. “We have a few blind spots around the building,” he said. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , ,