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 Chief: First-Ever ‘Diversionary Program’ for Underage Drinking Kids, Parents Went ‘Very Well’

New Canaan’s first ever “diversionary program” for underage drinkers—in which those found at a party with alcohol may attend an education session with their parents in lieu of facing criminal charges—went “very well,” Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said Wednesday. A group of local parents and their kids attended a 3-hour session last week in which the chief himself and an addiction psychiatrist “went through everything from alcohol use effects and binge drinking, how it affects potential substance abuse issues in the future,” Kroliowski told members of the Police Commission at their regular meeting. “We showed a film on binge drinking that resulted in death, and it was pretty compelling,” the chief said at the meeting, held at the New Canaan Police Department. “A lot of people, I think, were struck by that and hopefully it’s going to change the behavior and encourage people not to do some of the things we have been seeing in the past several months.”

Krolikowski first proposed the diversionary program about 18 months ago, garnering support from the state’s attorney and commissioners among other key officials. Parents and teens both face serious criminal consequences for providing alcohol to minors or, in the case of those underage, consuming it. Continue Reading →

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66-Year-Old Woman Arrested after Backing into Parked Car at Saxe, Leaving Scene

Police on Monday arrested a 66-year-old Norwalk woman accused of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash at Saxe Middle School. At about 6:16 p.m. on June 12, officers dispatched to the school on a report of a vehicle backing out of a parking space, striking another car and leaving the scene, according to police. Following an investigation, police identified the Norwalk woman as the operator of the suspect vehicle, according to a police report. She turned herself in at 8 p.m.

Police charged her with unsafe backing and evading responsibility. The woman was released after promising to appear June 26 in state Superior Court in Norwalk. Continue Reading →

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Police Charge New Canaan Man, 19, with Larceny after Theft from Mobil Station

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Police before dawn on Sunday arrested a 19-year-old East Maple Street man for stealing a $5 stress relief device from the Mobil gas station downtown. At about 3:13 a.m. on June 11, officers were dispatched to the South Avenue business on a report that a “fidget cube” had been stolen, according to a police report. There, officers identified the teen who had taken the item from the store and subsequently returned it to the clerk, the report said. Police found the young man at home and charged him with sixth-degree larceny. Officers also found a glass pipe use to smoke marijuana and the teen said it was his, according to the report. Continue Reading →

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Police: New Canaan Woman Arrested for FTA; Weston Man Charged After Stealing Nasal Inhalers

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Police on Saturday arrested a 43-year-old New Canaan woman by warrant and charged her with second-degree failure to appear. The Silvermine Road woman had failed to pay or plead to a number of a motor vehicle-related charges stemming from a Feb. 9 traffic stop, including operating a motor vehicle while under suspension, misuse of marker plates failure to display a turn signal, according to a police report. Police took the woman into custody at her home on a paperless re-arrest warrant, the report said. She was released on $495 bond and scheduled to appear June 13 in state Superior Court in Norwalk. Continue Reading →

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Selectmen Unanimously Approve Higher ‘Extra Duty’ Rates for New Canaan Police

Town officials on Tuesday approved a higher hourly wage for members of the New Canaan Police Department when they’re helping with traffic control for utility companies or at private functions—a fee typically paid by contractors rather than local taxpayers. The “extra duty” rate—as opposed to overtime, when the town pays an officer a higher rate for shift work—has not increased in eight years, police told members of the Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting. And at $60.32 per hour for an extra duty job that goes beyond eight straight hours or $67 per hour for work between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., the New Canaan Police rate has fallen behind nearby municipalities such as Darien, Wilton, Westport, Stamford and Greenwich, officials said. Those rates will increase to $70 and $77, following a unanimous vote by the Board of Selectmen at the meeting, held in Town Hall. First Selectman Rob Mallozzi said “it’s important that we get these [police officers] to want to take these side jobs, because I think having a police presence in town is a good thing.”

“I know they have been involved when they are on extra-duty work, that they are in town to augment the police force and stop some very serious crimes and I think it really spreads out and becomes more attractive when you get more folks taking on these jobs.”

Police Lt. Jason Ferraro, presenting the proposed new rates to the selectmen, cited instances such as when an officer saved a choking person’s life on Elm Street while working an extra-duty job nearby, or when officers working extra-duty responded to motor vehicle accidents and even serious domestic incidents involving weapons as examples of how the work has helped New Canaan. Continue Reading →

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