Police Commission

  • Police Commission Lists Traffic Concerns About Proposed Hawleyville Complex

    Following lengthy discussion at an October 6 session, Police Commission members, in their role as the local traffic authority, made several traffic recommendations concerning a proposed mixed-use development in Hawleyville, which would include a 180-unit rental apartment complex in six multistory buildings, a diner, and a church.

  • Flagpole Idea No. 6

    To the Editor:

    I appreciated Mr LaPorta's letter of last week [“Some Ideas To Save The Flagpole”] mostly due to its positive and constructive nature.

    I would like to add a No. 6. to his ideas:  "SLOW DOWN when approaching the flagpole intersection, and be COURTEOUS."  That has worked for me for the last 53 years!

    Lynn Morrison

  • Interviews Slated For Police Chief Candidates

    Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico said this week that the town’s search for a person to replace Michael Kehoe as police chief is proceeding well.

    “It’s going very well,” Mr Mangiafico said at a September 1 Police Commission session.

    An executive-level personnel search committee has reviewed the ten applications for the job that were submitted, he said. Applications closed on August 14.

  • Police Commission Rejects NHS Request For Oakview Road Access

    Following lengthy discussion at a September 1 session, Police Commission members, serving as the local traffic authority, rejected a request from Newtown High School officials to allow limited staff access to the school in the morning via a gated emergency accessway extending from Oakview Road.

  • Police Commission Plans ‘Open Dialogue’ With Public

    The Police Commission chairman has recommended that the five-member elective agency hold special meetings three or four times a year whose sole purpose would be to improve communications between the public and the commission.

    Chairman Paul Mangiafico earlier this month told commission members that such meetings would provide the public with an open forum where they could raise issues of concern.

    Commission members Andrew Sachs and Joel Faxon endorsed the idea.

  • Ten Applications Received For Newtown’s Top PD Position

    The town has received ten job applications from people seeking to become its new police chief starting in January.

    That person would replace Police Chief Michael Kehoe, 60, who will retire after more than 37 years as a local police officer.

    Chief Kehoe has headed the police department since July 1999, initially as acting police chief, and in 2001 becoming permanent chief. On June 2, Chief Kehoe announced that he would retire.

  • Another Flagpole Traffic Study?

    To the Editor:

    Seriously, another flagpole traffic study?

    When I read The Bee this weekend I was compelled to write about this ridiculous waste of money and I quote “the study’s price is $17,900, plus related costs” for what? To reach the same old conclusions the previous studies have yielded since 2000!

  • Police Commission Endorses Body Camera Use By Police

    Police Commission members this week agreed that equipping town police officers with body cameras is a good idea that should be implemented at the police department.

    Body cameras are small portable cameras typically worn on a police officer’s chest that make video and audio recordings of the officer’s interactions with the public.

  • Another Main Street Flagpole Intersection Traffic Study Planned

    In seeking to learn how best to improve congested traffic conditions at the five-way Main Street flagpole intersection, Police Commission members have hired a traffic consultant to study the troublesome junction, which has the second-highest local accident rate. The commission serves as the local traffic authority.

  • Town Advertises Police Chief Opening

    The town is advertising a job opening for the position of police chief in seeking a person to replace Michael Kehoe, who announced last month that he would retire as police chief in January.

    This week, the town posted a notice of the job opening at the town clerk’s office and also on the Human Resources section of the town’s website.