New Canaan Police Department

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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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Silver Hill Hospital’s Dr. John Santopietro Appointed as New Canaan’s First Director of Behavioral Health

Officials on Tuesday voted unanimously to appoint the health director of a prominent psychiatric hospital in New Canaan to a new role serving the town. The Board of Selectmen voted 3-0 to appoint Dr. John Santopietro, president of Silver Hill Hospital, as New Canaan’s first-ever director of behavioral health. Though Santopietro will report directly to the first selectman in the role, “he is definitely going to help a lot of departments, especially the Police Department,” Police Chief Leon Krolikowski told the selectmen at their regular meeting, by way of introducing Santopietro. “We need a lot, especially with all the behavioral health issues in the community and we often have folks where we go to their house multiple times and there is not a whole lot we can do sometimes. So this is going to be another resources we can go to. Continue Reading →

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First Selectman ‘Intrigued’ by Idea of Purchasing Unimin Building on Elm Street, Relocating Police Department, District Offices

The town’s legislative body on Wednesday night approved a $500,000 bonding package designed to help plan for a renovation of the New Canaan Police Department, though the municipality’s highest elected official said the question of whether or not to follow through with the project is uncertain. Even though members of the Town Council at their regular meeting voted 12-0 to approve funds for design, engineering and consulting services for police headquarters, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan told NewCanaanite.com during an interview prior to the meeting that he was “intrigued” by the prospect of relocating the New Canaan Police Department to a prominent office building on Elm Street, negating the need for that renovation. Unimin first put put its building at 258 Elm St.—on the corner of Grove Street, overlooking the Lumberyard Lot—on the market 18 months ago. The industrial mineral producer has said it employs 100 to 110 people in the structure. “I am intrigued by the Unimin building but we don’t know yet whether it could accommodate a Police Department,” Moynihan said. Continue Reading →

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Police, District Work on Specifics of Access to Interior Cameras at Schools

Police and district officials said Wednesday that they’re planning to meet and hammer out the details of the New Canaan Police Department’s would-be access to interior cameras at public schools. Despite making formal and public requests of the district to bounce back a proposed Memorandum of Understanding or ‘MOU’ regarding that access, police officials said that they only received an email from the superintendent of schools that same day to meet with the Board of Education’s attorney on the matter. “Apparently the Board of Education met this past Monday and discussed it and he [Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi] is wanting me and him and the Board of Education attorney to sit down and discuss the MOU again,” Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said during a regular meeting of the Police Commission, held at NCPD headquarters. “I don’t know when that is going to happen but so far we do not have access to interior video cameras which we desperately want especially in the case of an emergency or in the case of a big event that we need access in order to have our officers dispatched there as quickly as possible to help people. So I’m hopeful that this is going to happen but it has been a long process. Continue Reading →

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Rosebrook Road Newfie Undergoes Quarantine After Attacking Dog Walker, Shih Tzu

A Rosebrook Road dog is finishing up a quarantine at a Norwalk kennel this week, after running off of his property to attack a neighbor’s canine and that animal’s walker, according to police. It happened around 9 a.m. on a Sunday two weeks ago, as the walker turned off of Rosebrook Road and onto Amy’s Lane, according to an incident report obtained by NewCanaanite.com through a Freedom of Information Act request. The attacking dog, a Newfoundland named ‘Sasquatch,’ had barked in the past from behind the line of his electric fence when the smaller dog, a Shih Tzu named ‘Freddie,’ walked past, the report said. This time, Sasquatch “ran off the yard and attacked them in the street,” it said. “Freddie had blood on his fur and was limping on his right front leg,” the report said. Continue Reading →

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