- Wednesday, April 16, 2014
To the Editor:
RE: "Regional Dispatching Plan Raises Concerns," April 3, 2014.
It certainly does raise my concerns and it should raise the concerns of every citizen of Newtown as well as those who work in Newtown as I do.
Concern #1: Response time. A few seconds in an emergency are precious never mind a minute or two.
- Thursday, April 3, 2014
Although town officials have long been exploring the prospect of regionalizing municipal emergency radio dispatching for 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls to improve cost efficiency, Police Commission members this week voiced strong concerns about it, stressing that such an arrangement could do more harm than good in terms of town police operations.
- Friday, March 7, 2014
The number of burglaries and larcenies that were reported to town police in 2013 dropped significantly compared to 2012, based on a set of crime/motor vehicle enforcement statistics Police Chief Michael Kehoe presented to the Police Commission this week.
- Wednesday, January 29, 2014
To the Editor:
I have been alerting Newtown residents for years that the objective of Queen Street residents was, in addition to speed control, significant traffic reduction. However when the Police Commission installed two, then three, and then five speed bumps the public was lead to believe that traffic diversion and reduction wasn’t significant.
- Thursday, January 16, 2014
At their January 7 meeting, Police Commission members accepted the retirement of sergeants Darlene Froehlich and John Cole. In her letter of resignation, Sgt Froehlich cited a “cruel work environment” and “hatred” within the department as prompting her decision to retire.
Ms Froehlich, 55, joined the police department in July 1984. Mr Cole, 52, joined the organization in January 1989. The full-pension vesting period for town police officers is 25 years.
- Friday, December 20, 2013
Police Chief Michael Kehoe has reversed an earlier position and decided against pursuing job termination against Police Officer Thomas Bean, a town police officer who responded to the 12/14 mass shooting incident at Sandy Hook School and subsequently has been off work since then due to a medical diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Thursday, November 14, 2013
A town police officer diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), who has not worked since the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook School, has been informed by the town that he could be fired as a police officer.
Town officials have nothing to say on the topic, declining comment and terming the issue a personnel matter.
- Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:01 am
To the Editor:
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013
In their role as the town/borough traffic authority, Police Commission members hear from many residents about traffic safety problems on local roads.
At a September 3 session, commission members heard about problems on several town center roads, as well as problems on the outlying Brushy Hill Road.
Resident Richard English of 3 Curry Drive told commission members about problems in that area. Curry Drive is a dead-end street that extends from Currituck Road.
- Monday, September 9, 2013
Robert Geckle of 35 Queen Street attended the September 3 Police Commission meeting to thank the agency for addressing traffic speed concerns on the road which links Church Hill Road to Mile Hill Road. Since late last year, the town has installed five permanent speed tables on the southern section of Queen Street to hold down traffic speeds.