Leon Krolikowski

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Police Chief: Keeping Our College Students Safe

Very soon, hundreds of New Canaan students will move to a nearby city or across the country to pursue their studies. Becoming independent almost overnight comes with certain risks and responsibilities. Street crime is on the increase in most large U.S cities. It is also growing on campuses and in small communities. No college is immune to crime. Continue Reading →

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Two Cars—Unlocked, Keys Inside—Stolen from Gower Road


Two more vehicles—both unlocked and with the keys inside—were stolen from New Canaan last weekend, police said. The thefts occurred on Saturday on Gower Road, according to a press bulletin issued by New Canaan Police Department Chief Leon Krolikowski. One of them subsequently was used in a robbery in Bridgeport, and recovered following a police pursuit that saw five occupants taken into custody, Krolikowski said. The other stolen vehicle was recovered in Waterbury, he said. “Thus far this year, all of the vehicles stolen in our town involved unlocked vehicles with the keys were left inside,” Krolikowski said. Continue Reading →

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‘Fish in a Barrel’: NCPD Distracted Driving Stops Up 73 Percent

New Canaan Police have made 159 stops for distracted driving since June 1, officials said Tuesday—up from 92 such stops in the same timeframe last year, a 73 percent increase. Officers are using unmarked cars in some cases and though “the summer months are a bit lighter, people are away,” distracted drivers are very active, according to Police Capt. John DiFederico. “And we are getting cars pretty consistently,” DiFederico told members of the Police Commission during their regular meeting, held at the New Canaan Police Department. When Commissioner Paul Foley asked whether it was “pretty easy” to spot motorists using smartphones, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski responded: “Fish in a barrel.”

The update to the commission comes as police focus enforcement efforts on streets with histories of accidents as well as complaints. Krolikowski has referred to distracted driving as the number one, major motor vehicle threat facing New Canaan. Here’s a column from the chief that details what constitutes distracted driving and the consequences of such under state law. Continue Reading →

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