New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski is retiring from the department at the end of this month, officials say.
A member of the New Canaan Police Department for more than 33 years, and chief since June 2013, Krolikowski has accepted a position as Darien’s first-ever director of school security, according to a press release issued by the Darien Public Schools. In the role, he will hire armed security and other staff to see all school safety issues there.
Krolikowski said in a press release that he’s “thrilled” to take on the new position.
“School safety and security must be a focused team effort that evolves, embraces best practices, and mitigates risk,” he said. “Superintendent [Alan] Addley’s strong leadership and the Darien Board of Education’s forward-looking risk mitigation mindset inspire me. I am certain that the Darien School District will become a national leader for best practices in school safety and security. Ultimately, our collaborative work will make Darien Schools safer, inviting, and student-centered.”
He will start in the new position Jan. 9, the press release said.
Krolikowski earned a bachelor’s degree in General Studies from the University of Connecticut and graduated from the Stamford Police Academy. While working full-time as a police officer, he earned an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management, a law degree from Quinnipiac Law School, completed an executive education course at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and has started coursework toward a doctorate degree. He is admitted to practice law in the States of Connecticut and New York, Connecticut Federal Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Tax Court. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Va., and he is a Marine Corps combat veteran as well as a member of New Canaan’s VFW Post 653.
“Chief Krolikowski’s varied and accomplished experiences in law enforcement and school security as the Chief of Police in New Canaan provide the necessary credentials for this critically important leadership position,” Addley said in the press release. “We welcome Chief Krolikowski as a member of our Darien Blue Wave community.”
Krolikowski is well-known around New Canaan, where he’s lived for more than three decades. He’s been married to his wife Anna for more than 28 years. Their children Morgan, Kelsey, and Ryan, graduated from the New Canaan School System. Morgan is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, Kelsey is a clinical research team member at NYU Medical Center and Ryan is a West Point Cadet.
Darien Public Schools noted in the pres release that throughout his tenure with NCPD, Krolikowski “has worked closely with the New Canaan Public Schools on a variety of security enhancements and changes in trainings and protocols.”
So sad to see him leave😞
New Canaan’s loss will be Darien’s gain. Leon, thank you so much for all of your years of service to our community. You’ll be greatly missed.
Congratulations on your thirty-three years of service at the NCPD; I am sure that you will be missed by your colleagues. Best regards to you in your new career.
We will miss one of New Canaan’s finest and best. Good luck on the new position
Leon will truly missed and I sorry to see him leave. He is the the most ultra-qualified for almost any position to takes. Good luck and all the best.
Thank you, Chief, for your long and dedicated service, and great leadership of our fine police force. We have been very fortunate to have you in that role for so long. All best wishes, with the hope that you will continue to stay involved in our community activities.
Thank you so much for your outstanding professional expertise & service on many levels. Truly loss for NC but huge gain for Darien. My best to you in your new endeavor.
Thank you Leon!!! You have provided outstanding leadership and stability here in New Canaan during some challenging times. You leave some very large shoes to fill, but we as a community have been fortunate to have had you for 33 years. All the best…. I know you are not going far.
Chief: You have set a standard of excellence and integrity that will be tough to match. Thank you for a job very well done. God speed to you and your wonderful family.
So sorry to see you go, Leon. You’ve put together a really friendly force here in New Canaan. Thanks for all you’v done for us and great good luck to you in Darien!
Heartbroken to see Leon leave. Totally enjoyed working with him, always knew his intellect and heart were in the right place. Leon, you have been an extraordinary and reliable Chief of Police. Thank you for your many years of dedicated service to New Canaan. Wishing you only the best in your new role.