‘Thanks for Handling This So Well’: Letters of Appreciation for New Canaan Police 

The following letters of appreciation for New Canaan Police Department officers were made public during the Jan. 16 meeting of the Police Commission, by Chief Leon Krolikowski. ***

Officer Roberto Lopez

“Wanted to make you aware of the one of the New Canaan Police Department’s ‘awesome’ officers! “Officer Lopez was incredible this evening. “We hadn’t an older woman who shoplifted at Mobil and she is always in our store daily.

‘She Even Had a Bottle of Water for Me’: Letters of Appreciation for New Canaan Police

Police Chief Leon Krolikowski on Wednesday night spotlighted some of the outstanding work of the department’s officers. During the Police Commission’s regular meeting, he cited a series of letters of appreciation from the community. 

“I think it’s important to better recognize the good work of our officers which we do not do often enough,” Krolikowski said at the meeting, held in the New Canaan Police Department. 

He added: “I’m sure myself and on behalf of the Commission, we should extend our thanks to all of our officers for the work that they do. We are about to enter into budget season when we are talking about statistics and numbers and costs and some things are difficult to measure, and these letters that we get are the kinds of things we should be highlighting.”

Here are excerpts:

Officer Roy Adams

“I am writing to express my wife’s and my own thanks and gratitude to your Department and especially to your officer Adams … On July 18th at around 7:30 a.m. my wife fell in our apartment at The Inn where we reside. While unhurt, she was unable to get up on her own even with my insufficient strength to help (we are 92 and 94 years old)—911 was called. Officer Adams showed up first, took in and evaluated the situation.

Police Assigning Downtown ‘Community Impact Officer’ Back to Patrol

Seeking to control overtime costs with two officers out on injury leave since last April and another since last month, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said the department plans to hit pause on a widely praised program that’s seen an officer assigned to the downtown exclusively. Community Impact Officer Roy Adams since September has been working directly with merchants and boosting police presence in the business district. A role developed following a survey in 2013, the move has won high praise from residents, downtown workers and business leaders. Yet as the police department reduces its overtime spending, ensuring patrol shifts are fully staffed is a top priority, Krolikowski said Friday while presenting his budget to the Board of Selectmen. “We are being very careful now, especially with three officers out, we are trying to be fiscally prudent,” he said during the meeting, held in the Training Room at the New Canaan Police Department.

New Canaan Police Designate ‘Community Impact Officer’ To Work Downtown Area Exclusively

Responding to emerging needs for a steadier police presence downtown to work directly with New Canaan merchants, deter distracted driving, enforce parking rules and otherwise bolster the department’s visibility in the business district, a new “Community Impact Officer” start working a village center beat on Sept. 1. Police Chief Leon Krolikwoski said 13-year veteran NCPD Officer Roy Adams in the “CIO” role—developed following a survey of downtown merchants last year—will “make our village a safer place to both visit and do business in.”

“In the past year, on a few occasions, we have seen out-of-state career criminals come to our town and commit serious crimes,” Krolikowski said in an email. “Moreover, we have had serious pedestrian accidents and an increase in distracted driving within the business district. As a direct result of the vision, responsiveness and support of the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, and Town Council, during the 2014-2015 budget presentations we were granted two officers over our normal complement. Recently, since we were able to quickly hire and train three certified officers, we will be close to optimal staffing in September 2014.”

As a direct result of that, the CIO position will go into effect in about 10 days.