Chief: New Canaan Police Officers Saved Life in Opioid Overdose Incident Wednesday 


New Canaan Police on Wednesday saved the life of an individual suspected of suffering an opioid overdose, officials said. The officers responding to a report of an unresponsive person arrived in fewer than three minutes and administered Narcan and CPR in helping him or her regain consciousness, according to a press release issued by Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. “As a result of the expert lifesaving care provided by the responding officers, the person started breathing, regained consciousness, and was transported to the hospital by the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps,” Krolikowski said in the release. It isn’t clear when or where the lifesaving incident occurred. A “medical assist” call is recorded in a redacted version of the daily police log for some time between 8:30 and 10 a.m., and has received reports of heavy emergency response activity at that time in the area of Smith Ridge Road north of Garibaldi Lane.


Police: Two Unlocked Cars with Keys Inside Stolen Over Weekend, Others Entered

Police on Sunday received complaints that two Jeeps had been stolen from residential driveways in New Canaan, officials said. A 2017 Wrangler and 2016 Cherokee were stolen from Barnegat Road and upper Elm Street, respectively, according to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. In each case, the stolen cars were unlocked with key fobs inside, he said in a press release. The Jeep Cherokee was recovered, damaged, on Oenoke Ridge Road, he said. “In addition, on May 5, 2019, our Department received reports of unlocked vehicles being entered on Frogtown Road and Barnegat Road,” Krolikowski said in the release.

Police: Temporary Sign at Nursery Road Has Created New ‘Safety Concern’ in U-Turning Motorists

The new ‘No Left Turn’ sign preventing northbound motorists from turning from Marvin Ridge onto Nursery Road during the morning commute is creating an entirely new safety hazard, according to police. Drivers seeking to avoid Merritt Parkway traffic between Exits 38 and 37 are traveling just past the sign and then pulling into private residential driveways—including those that serve as bus stops for local schoolchildren—in order to swing back around to make the right-hand turn down Nursery, according to New Canaan Police Deputy Chief John DiFederico. “I can confirm that is happening frequently, every minute or so there is another car that is northbound that pulls into [a Marvin Ridge Road woman’s] driveway, backs out into traffic, goes down southbound and turns right onto Nursery,” DiFederico told members of the Police Commission during their March 20 meeting, held at police headquarters. “That is a pretty serous safety concern, in my opinion, that now we have cars going onto private property that are school bus stops and backing into traffic. And that is something that we never had before with just high-volume traffic on Nursery Road.

‘I Don’t Think the Public Knows’: Police Commission Calls for Renovation of NCPD Headquarters

Though it may look perfectly fine to those driving past on South Avenue, the New Canaan Police Department building has defective plumbing, mold, crumbling masonry, 16 broken windows, a leaking skylight, a sewer fly problem in the men’s locker room, loose and broken tiles in the women’s and poor or non-existent ventilation throughout, officials said Wednesday. Two of four men’s jail cells have been closed due to plumbing issues, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said during a regular meeting of the Police Commission, and the old-style cell bars in them also must be replaced with flat plexiglass doors because prisoners have tried to hang themselves by the bars. 

Several offices in the building are not connected to its centralized HVAC system, and 48 windows require hardware that’s no longer available because the windows themselves are so old, he said. “There is moisture in some rooms—that’s not a good thing,” Krolikowski said during the meeting, held in the training room at police headquarters. “Ventilation in processing areas is nonexistent and we often get narcotic smells in our hallways due to evidence storage and no way to ventilate that.”

The comments came during a general update to the Commission, as the police building itself—though multiple town bodies have acknowledged the pressing need for renovation—sits as-is while town officials consider a complicated, multi-transaction proposal that would see the department relocated downtown (more on that below). “I don’t think the public knows any of this,” Police Commissioner Jim McLaughlin said, referring to the problems enumerated by the chief during his brief presentation.