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: New Canaan Woman Arrested After Leaving 4-Year-Old Daughter in Car for Eight Minutes

Police on Tuesday afternoon arrested a 46-year-old New Canaan woman who had left her child unattended in the back seat of a motor vehicle downtown. At about 12:47 p.m. on June 19, officers were dispatched to Morse Court on a report of a 4-year-old child left in a vehicle, police said. The complainant had been walking through the parking lot there when he or she heard a child’s voice coming from the back of the vehicle, according to a police report. The child was alone and the front windows were open about three to four inches and the vehicle was turned off, the report said. The temperature outside was 85 degrees at the time, it said. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Police Honor 11 at Awards Ceremony

The New Canaan Police Department on Tuesday honored six officers, four sergeants and one lieutenant in an awards ceremony in New Canaan High School’s Wagner Room. Police Chief Leon Krolikowski presented the Lt. Stephen W Wood Officer of the Year Award to Officer Thomas Callinan. Krolikowski cited Callinan’s “self-initiative, service to the New Canaan Community, integrity and selfless service to our Department and Town” in presenting the award. Callinan had the highest number of self-initiated motor stops as well as a high number of call involvements, the chief said. Krolikowski presented the Meritorious Duty Award to Officer Kelly Coughlin, and the Unit Citation Award to Lt. Marc DeFelice, Sgt. Continue Reading →

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NCFD Crews Extinguish Fire in Oenoke Ridge Road Home 

Firefighters on Tuesday evening extinguished a small fire caused by a recessed light fixture pushed into the ceiling of an Oenoke Ridge Road home undergoing renovations, officials said. No one was injured in the fire at 712 Oenoke Ridge Road, where the New Canaan Fire Department was dispatched at about 6:28 p.m., according to Fire Marshal Fred Baker. Workers at the home, currently unoccupied, said they “had a smoke condition” there, Baker said in a press release. “Crews were able to pinpoint a small fire in the ceiling above the dining room that was quickly extinguished with portable water extinguishers,” he said. The light fixture had been pushed up into the ceiling to allow for painting and “became energized,” Baker said. Continue Reading →

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Drunk Driving Charge for Man, 58, After Two-Car Crash


Police on Monday night arrested a 58-year-old Stamford man and charged him with driving under the influence following a two-car crash on Jelliff Mill Road. At about 9:12 p.m. on June 18, officers were dispatched to Jelliff Mill Road on a report of a crash with no injuries, police said. There, they made contact with both drivers and found that the Stamford man was showing signs of impairment, according to a police report. He failed field sobriety tests, was taken into custody and refused to undergo a blood-alcohol content test, the report said. The man was additionally cited for following too closely. Continue Reading →

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DUI Charge for New Canaan Man, 20

Police after midnight Friday arrested a 20-year-old Wahackme Road man and charged him with driving under the influence. At about 12:43 a.m. on June 15, an officer on patrol clocked a vehicle traveling 60 mph in a 40 mph zone, according to a police report. The officer pulled over the car on Heritage Hill Road and detected signs of impairment in speaking to the driver, the report said. The motorist failed field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a blood-alcohol content test, it said. Police took the man into custody and processed him at headquarters, where they additionally cited him for speeding. Continue Reading →

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