‘We Were Able To Sleep a Lot Better’: Letters of Appreciation for NCPD

Police Chief Leon Krolikowski submitted the following letters of appreciation for New Canaan Police at the Dec. 19 Police Commission meeting. ***

Officer Jeff Deak

“Hey Jeff, Just wanted to formally thank you for your support this season at the NCHS Football games. We are fortunate to have a great deal of community interest in our football team and with that interest comes a thousand fans and 400-500 students for each game. Your leadership of the officers covering our games helped create a much safer and more orderly environment than we have had in past years.

Police Chief: ‘I Have Been Blessed and Honored’

I am retiring from our great Department. My last day of employment will be December 31, 2022, but my last day at work will be December 28, 2022. This evening, I received an offer, and I accepted a position with the Town of Darien as the school system’s first ever Director of Security. This position will allow me to help build innovative initiatives and to hire a team that enhances school safety and security. I am certain the Darien school district will become a model for other districts.

New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski To Retire at Month’s End

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.

Town Approves Installation of Light Posts with Security Cameras in Irwin Park

The town last week approved contracts to install two light posts with security cameras in the front parking lot at Irwin Park. New Canaan has “had some criminal incidents there, one recently about a month ago and some residents had expressed concern,” according to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. “And that is in line with the folks that come in from out-of-state and commit crimes in our parks,” Krolikowski told the Board of Selectmen at its Nov. 15 meeting, held in Town Hall and via videoconference. “So certainly installing these light posts will help and also we intend to install cameras within the light posts.”

Selectman Nick Williams said he appreciated the thoughtfulness that the New Canaan Police Department had put into its request for the light posts at Irwin “because I think we want to get it right.”

“You guys have done a great job,” Williams said.