New Canaan Police this week promoted two sergeants and two officers, including some who recently had been honored by the department for outstanding performance of their job duties.
“We are proud of their accomplishments and excited to see them provide leadership to our officers as they serve our town so well,” Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said in a press release of Sgt. Carol Ogrinc and Sgt. Andrew Walsh, now lieutenants, and Officers Aaron LaTourette and Marc DeFelice, now sergeants.
In March, LaTourette received the first-ever Lt. Stephen W. Wood Memorial Officer of the Year Award and also was honored with a Unit Citation together with DeFelice and several other officers. Ogrinc received a Meritorious Police Duty Award.
“Our Department is fortunate to have these new supervisors whom will continue to help us drive our department forward,” Krolikowski said.
What follows is information on each promoted member of the New Canaan Police Department from the chief:
Sgt. Andrew Walsh was promoted to Lieutenant.
Lt. Walsh has served with the department for 15 years, filling many roles—patrol officer, dispatcher, patrol sergeant, DEA Task Force Agent, and is presently assigned to the Investigative Section. He is the Team Leader of the Department’s Special Response Team. During his career he has received many letters of appreciation and/or commendations for exceptional performance of his duties as well as three Meritorious Duty Awards. Lieutenant Walsh has a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Sgt. Carol Ogrinc was promoted to Lieutenant.
Lt. Ogrinc has served with the department for 27 years, acting in many roles – patrol officer, dispatcher, acting sergeant, and acting lieutenant. She has been the department’s Youth Officer and Press Information Officer since 2006. She has served as the department’s Communications Training Officer and E911 Manager for 14 years. In 2012, she implemented the department’s Project Lifesaver Program. During her career she has received many letters of appreciation and/or commendations for exceptional performance of her duties as well as two Meritorious Duty Awards and a Unit Citation award. Lt. Ogrinc has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Lieutenant Ogrinc and her husband John have two sons.
Officer Aaron LaTourette was promoted to Sergeant.
Sgt. LaTourette has served the department for 15 years. Sergeant LaTourette has been assigned to various positions including dispatcher, acting sergeant, firearms instructor, and Taser instructor. He is also a member of the Honor Guard and motorcycle patrol. Sgt. LaTourette is a member of the Department’s Special Response Team and was recently appointed as the Team’s Executive Officer. Sgt. LaTourette was the recipient of the “Lieutenant Stephen W. Wood Officer of the Year” award.
He has also earned Mothers Against Drunk Driving awards as well as commendations for exceptional performance of his duties. Sgt. LaTourette attended State University of New York-Courtland. He is an 18-year veteran of U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, where he holds the rank of Warrant Officer 2. During his Marine Corps service he was deployed to Iraq where he participated in Operation Enduring Freedom 2. He is married to his wife Kimberly and they have two children.
Officer Marc DeFelice was promoted to Sergeant.
Sgt. DeFelice has served the department for 12 years. He has filled the roles of dispatcher, acting sergeant and acting lieutenant, field training officer, business liaison officer and is a certified emergency medical technician. Sergeant DeFelice is a member of the department’s Special Response Team and Honor Guard. Most recently, Sgt. DeFelice has been assigned to the Investigative Section.
Sgt. DeFelice has earned two Unit Citation Awards, Mothers Against Drunk Driving awards, a Medical Service Award, and the AAA Traffic Safety Award. Sgt. DeFelice has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and English, and a Master’s Degree in National Security and Public Safety. Sgt. DeFelice is a graduate of New Canaan High School. Sgt. DeFelice is married to his wife Carrie.