Leon Krolikowski

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Police Chief: Our Community’s Role in Reducing Suicides

Tragically, every year our town endures several suicides and many attempted suicides. With the recent suicides of Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain and other well-known celebrities a transparent discussion about suicide is timely. 

Suicide is preventable and is a serious public health concern. Each suicide impacts individuals, families, and communities. The financial costs of suicide are approximately $69 billion per year. These numbers undervalue the severity of this crisis. 

In 2015, more than 500,000 people were treated in United States emergency departments for self-inflicted injuries. Continue Reading →

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Police Chief: Dog Gets Out, Violently Attacks Another, Gets Shot by Officer

Seeking to clear up misinformation posted to social media regarding an active investigation, New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski on Friday said an officer last weekend shot and killed a dog as it violently attacked a neighbor’s canine, threatening the victim animal’s life. According to a press release, at about 11:53 a.m. on June 16, police received a 911 call from a resident saying that her dog was under attack “by an unknown dog in her rear yard.”

“During the 911 call, the homeowner was screaming for help as she watched her dog attacked by the unknown dog,” the chief said. “Officers were sent to the residence as a priority emergency.”

There, police “saw the attacking dog biting and violently shaking the victim dog’s neck.”

“The homeowner who called 911 and a neighbor attempted to separate the two dogs by spraying water from a garden hose and using a hockey stick,” the chief said in the press release. “The unknown dog would not stop attacking.”

Fearing that the aggressor animal would attack the two women or officers, and that the victim dog would be killed, “an officer discharged his duty weapon to stop the attack.”

“The attacking dog succumbed to his injuries after being shot,” Krolikowski said. “The homeowner transported the victim dog to a local veterinarian hospital, and it is expected to survive. 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. NCPD honored 11 members of the police force at an awards ceremony Tuesday night. Pictured is Capt. Andrew Walsh with Sgt. Brian Mitchell, who received the Meritorious Police Duty Award.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. Continue Reading →

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Officials: District, Police Reach ‘Conceptual Agreement’ on Access To School Security Video

The superintendent of schools and chief of the New Canaan Police Department said Friday that they’ve reached “a conceptual agreement” that will give authorities access to school security video. That agreement will be put into a formal document for review by the district and NCPD, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi and Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said in an email to the press. “The conceptual agreement ensures that police department officials will have immediate access to school security cameras in the event of an emergency,” they said. It isn’t clear whether police will have continuous access to interior cameras at the schools, rather than access through some type of login—a process that Krolikowski has described as problematic in the event of an emergency. Luizzi has cited the need to honor student privacy rights under the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act, a law

that gives parents certain protections with regard to their children’s education records, including school security videos. Continue Reading →

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Two New Canaan Policemen Save Fellow Officer’s Life

For New Canaan’s first responders, every life saved is a proud testament to expert training, courage and calm actions in the the most difficult circumstances. In recent years, members of the New Canaan Police Department have been honored for saving the life of a local man who had gone into cardiac arrest, administering Narcan to an individual who had overdosed and assisting a choking woman. On Saturday, two officers—Rex Sprosta and Tom Callinan—saved one of their own. According to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski, at about 7 a.m. on May 17, Officer Jeffrey Pollock “suffered a medical emergency” while taking the department’s physical fitness test. “Officer Rex Sprosta who was administering our Department’s physical fitness test and Officer Tom Callinan who was working the patrol shift, rendered life-saving care to Officer Pollock,” Krolikowski said in a press release. Continue Reading →

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