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

20-Year-Old Man Arrested with Marijuana in Vehicle


Police arrested a 20-year-old Danbury man on five charges on Saturday night, including possession of marijuana with intent to sell. At around 9:30 p.m. on July 22, police spotted his car traveling southbound on Valley Road without a front license plate. The officer at the scene identified the smell of marijuana upon approaching the car and communicating with the man, which led to the deployment of a K-9 Police Service Dog and a search of the vehicle, according to the police report. Small plastic baggies containing marijuana, empty clear plastic baggies, and a scale were found in the car, the report said. The man also presented a false name to investigating officers as well as a suspended driver’s license. Continue Reading →

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Police Arrest 40-Year-Old Man Who Fled Traffic Stop in January


Police on Friday arrested a 40-year-old Norwalk man by warrant in connection with an incident in January where he sped away from an officer during a traffic stop. At about 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 5—a Thursday—an officer stopped a motorist who passed him traveling southbound on Weed Street with his high beams illuminated, according to a police report. As the officer exited his patrol car to approach the stopped vehicle, the motorist drove off, the report said. Authorities ascertained the driver’s identity through use of a license plate reader on the patrol car, it said. Continue Reading →

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16-Year-Old New Canaan Resident Arrested at Underage Drinking Party

Police on Monday night arrested a 16-year-old New Canaan resident after confronting the teen at an underage drinking party at a home in the area of Oenoke Ridge and West Roads. The teen was charged with delivery of alcohol to a minor, allowing a minor to possess alcohol and failure to halt possession of alcohol by a minor. At about 9:21 p.m. on July 17, officers received an anonymous tip regarding a youth party with alcohol at the residence, according to a police report. Arriving, officer saw about 20 to 30 juveniles on the back patio of the home, most of them holding cans of Bud Light or Coors Light, the report said. The kids scattered when police arrived, it said. Continue Reading →

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Board of Ed Voices Support for Proposed Emergency Communications Antenna at West School

Board of Education members on Monday night voiced support for a proposal from the New Canaan Police Department to install an approximately 10-foot radio communications antenna on a 5-foot “monopole” atop the roof of the West School gymnasium. Assured that the pole poses no health hazards—in fact, there are two existing, similar set-ups already at West School, used by the bus company and district itself, according to Police Capt. John DiFederico—Board of Ed members stopped short of a formal vote. The new one would serve public safety needs, he said. School board member Sheri West said: “It seems very straightforward to me that we would be supporting” the installation. DiFederico described the proposed antenna as an initial step toward improving portable radio communications for police, fire and public works officials as well as EMTs and members of the Community Emergency Response Team or ‘CERT.’

“The problem is that portable radios in the western side of town have a real difficult time reaching our base so that is what a receive-only antenna does—it captures the radio signals in the air and sends them back to the police department or the fire house or the public works facilities,” DiFederico said at the meeting, held in the Wagner Room at New Canaan High School. Continue Reading →

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PHOTO: Fire Erupts in Vehicle at Service Station on New Canaan’s Stretch of Merritt Parkway [UPDATED]

Local fire and police responded on Monday morning to a report of a car fire at the southbound service station on the Merritt Parkway in New Canaan. No one was in the black SUV when it became engulfed in flames around 10:38 a.m., officials said. The matter is in the jurisdiction of Connecticut State Police. The engine compartment of the vehicle was fully involved, New Canaan fire officials said. The gas pumps at the service station were not involved, officials said. Continue Reading →

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