New Canaan Police ID Harassing Phone Caller

New Canaan Police on Wednesday recognized officers who took part in resolving a harassment case. 

In November of 2023, Officer Jake Somma took a complaint regarding harassing phone calls, according to Police Chief John DiFederico. The phone calls had gone on for more than six months and the number was blocked, making it “difficult to identify the caller,” the chief told members of the Police Commission during their regular meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference. “But Officer Somma and Sgt. [George] Caponera did a thorough investigation,” he said. “They were able to narrow the list down of the possible numbers and they were able to identify the caller as a former friend of the complainant.”

The update came as DiFederico shared a letter of appreciation from the complainant recognizing the officers’ help.

NCPD Officer Christopher Dewey Earns Stephen W. Wood Officer of the Year Award

Town officials last week honored an 11-year veteran of the New Canaan Police Department who has served in a number of roles and designed special training as its officer of the year. Officer Christopher Dewey during a ceremony at Town Hall on Thursday was awarded the 2023 Stephen W. Wood Officer of the Year. In addition to police and municipal officials, the ceremony was attended by Wood’s wife, Pat, and daughter, Kimberly Wood LaTourette. The award “holds a special significance” for NCPD, Chief John DiFederico said, as it honors the memory of the late lieutenant, “affectionately known as “Woody’ by many of us.”

“Lt. Wood dedicated 33 years of his life to serving the New Canaan Police Department and the community,” DiFederico said at the ceremony, held in Town Hall. “This year we’re going to recognize Officer Christopher Dewey.

Three NCPD Officers Honored in Promotion Ceremony

The New Canaan Police Department held a ceremony at Town Hall on Wednesday to mark the promotions of three of its officers—Lt. Aaron LaTourette, Sgt. Daniel Guilino, and Sgt. George Caponera. Hosted by Chief John DiFederico, the ceremony was attended by the officers’ families, friends and fellow members of the police department. DiFederico said the ceremony was a chance to focus on the positive side of being a member of the NCPD.