Newest New Canaan Police Officer Sworn In; Tam Receives ‘Officer of the Year Award’; 8 Officers, 3 Civilians Honored

The New Canaan Police Department on Tuesday recognized eight officers and three civilians for outstanding service to the community during a ceremony that also saw the agency’s newest member sworn in by the town clerk. In addressing Nicole Vartuli, a Stamford native and Westhill High School graduate who is poised for training at the Connecticut Police Academy this year with an expectation that she will undergo field training with NCPD through the early part of 2018, Chief Leon Krolikowski said that “badge you were just issued represents public trust.”

“The public willingly puts this work in your hands and trusts that you will take care of them in the proper manner,” Krolikowski said moments after Vartuli had been sworn in by Town Clerk Claudia Weber. “They do not want this responsibility for themselves. My charge to you today is to do just that: Get it right. We have all heard about the stories of officers who have gotten it wrong.

Police Honor Five at Awards Ceremony; Caponera Named ‘Officer of the Year’

New Canaan Police on Tuesday recognized five officers during an awards ceremony. The following citations are supplied by New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. “We are all very proud of these officers, their accomplishments and their devotion to Town and Department,” he said in a press release. Officer Bryan Connolly—Meritorious Police Duty Award:

On January 2, 2016 at approximately 1:47 AM, while on routine patrol, Officer Connolly observed a vehicle traveling that matched the description of a suspect vehicle wanted in connection with a series of larcenies from motor vehicles which had occurred in Darien in mid-December. Officer Connolly stopped the suspicious vehicle and found that the driver, Eric Williams, had a lengthy criminal record of burglaries and larcenies as well three outstanding arrest warrants for violation of probation. Williams was taken into custody and transported to court the following day. Williams has victimized New Canaan in the past and was arrested for a series of over a dozen vehicle larcenies.