Letter from Police Chief: NCPD Officers Who Have Served in the U.S. Military

Dear Editor:

Every day the men and women of the New Canaan Police Department protect and serve our Town with great distinction. 

On November 11, Veterans Day, we honor those who pledged to protect and serve our great country-our Veterans. Veterans Day honors the service and sacrifice of those who have served in the U.S. Military. 

I want to recognize the following Department members who have served in our military and continue to serve our Town:

Sergeant Aaron LaTourette-U.S. Marine Corps
Sergeant Rex Sprosta-U.S. Marine Corps
Officer Roy Adams-Connecticut Army National Guard
Officer Bryan Connolly-U.S. Coast Guard
Officer Matt Marzano-U.S. Marine Corps
Officer Chris Dewey-U.S. Army and New York Army National Guard
Officer Matthew Blank- Connecticut Army Air National Guard
Officer Owen Ochs- U.S. Army
Officer Rodger Hamilton-Connecticut Air National Guard

Often our officers are not adequately recognized for the great and at times dangerous work that they do. Annually, our officers handle thousands of calls for service and some of these calls are violent, which put our officers in harm’s way. Yet, without fail our officers consistently handle these incidents with great compassion, skill, bravery, and dedication. When you see our officers, thank them for what they do, the risks that they take, and how they so professionally “protect and serve” our Town.

New Canaan Police Chief: Help Us Stop the Violence

Although our Town has little crime, crimes such as domestic violence have remained constant over many years. Domestic violence is New Canaan’s violent crime. If you live in New Canaan, and you are the victim of violence, it is highly probable that the perpetrator is someone that you love. 

Domestic violence is both a national and an intimately local problem that knows no boundaries.  Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police. According to former Attorney General Janet Reno: “Too many American women live in fear of the very people upon whom they depend for love and affection. Instead of providing refuge, the walls of many homes serve as prison bars.” 
Thus far in 2022, our Department investigated fifty-three family disputes, and many of these investigations resulted in arrests.

Police Chief: Fraud Prevention for Seniors

According to the “2018 DOJ Report on Senior Abuse and Financial Exploitation,” each year an estimated $3 billion is stolen from America’s seniors through a variety of mass mailing, romance, and vendor or contractor scams.  They may also fall prey to imposters who claim to represent the IRS, Medicare or Medicaid, or Social Security. Unfortunately, New Canaan is not immune to these scams. 

Thus far in 2022, our Department investigated 57 fraud complaints (a 128% increase compared to 2021), and some of these frauds targeted seniors. Recently, a senior resident contacted our Department to report being the victim of a tech-support scam (more about these scams below). The resident reported receiving a computer pop-up message about a “hack alert.” The resident clicked on the alert and allowed the fraudster to control the resident’s computer. Subsequently, the resident was told to call an “800” number and spoke with the fraudster.

Police Chief: ‘Working Together to Keep 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 specific risks and responsibilities. Street crime is on the increase in most large United States cities. Crime is also growing on campuses and in small communities. No college is immune to crime.

Letter: ‘We Honor Those Veterans Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice’

On May 30, Memorial Day, we honor those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for our great county. Memorial Day honors their service and sacrifice. Nearly 850 Veterans are buried in Lakeview Cemetery. Before Memorial Day, New Canaan war veterans distribute poppies to honor the ultimate sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. The significance of the poppy in honoring our nation’s war dead is traced to World War I.

From the battlefields of World War I, weary soldiers brought home the memory of a barren landscape transformed by wild poppies, red as the blood that had soaked the soil.