New Canaan Police Honor 11 at Awards Ceremony

The New Canaan Police Department on Tuesday honored six officers, four sergeants and one lieutenant in an awards ceremony in New Canaan High School’s Wagner Room. NCPD honored 11 members of the police force at an awards ceremony Tuesday night. Pictured is Capt. Andrew Walsh with Sgt. Brian Mitchell, who received the Meritorious Police Duty Award.Police Chief Leon Krolikowski presented the Lt. Stephen W Wood Officer of the Year Award to Officer Thomas Callinan. Krolikowski cited Callinan’s “self-initiative, service to the New Canaan Community, integrity and selfless service to our Department and Town” in presenting the award.

New Canaan Police Department Promotes Four

Four members of the New Canaan Police Department have been promoted, Chief Leon Krolikowski said Monday. The promotions follow two recent retirements and “will empower us to continually provide the highest level of service to our community,” Krolikowski said in a press reelase. “We are proud of these newly promoted officers, their accomplishments and their dedication to our department and town.”

Two of those promoted include officers who had moved up in rank as recently as last summer. Former Lt. Andrew Walsh has joined the NCPD command staff as captain, a position that became vacant when former Capt. Vincent DeMaio took the job as Clinton Police Department chief earlier this year. The promotions are as follows, Krolikowski said:

Lt. Andrew Walsh was promoted to captain.

New Canaan Police Department Promotes Four, Honors Three and Gives K-9 Apollo His ‘Badge’

Newly promoted Sgt. Marc DeFelice of the New Canaan Police Department describes his uncle, Dinny Lapolla, as a man of few words. “So when he talks, he makes his point,” DeFelice told a roomful of fellow officers and their families, town officials and guests on Tuesday night. During a special ceremony that saw DeFelice officially was promoted to the rank of sergeant—his was one of four promotions made on the night, in addition to three special awards given to other officers (see gallery above for information and quotes from honorees)—the New Canaan High School graduate recalled what his uncle, himself a 30-year veteran of the force, told him on getting hired. “He said, ‘Go out there and do the right thing,’ ” DeFelice recalled from a podium in the Douglass Room at Lapham Community Center.