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  • 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.

  • Flagpole Traffic Study Being Considered

    The Police Commission is considering hiring a traffic engineering firm to analyze how the Main Street flagpole intersection could be improved to reduce traffic accidents at the busy five-way junction.

    A recent police study indicated that the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street has the second-highest traffic accident rate in town. A 100-foot-tall flagpole without any protective barriers stands in the center of that intersection.

  • Flagpole Traffic Problems Under Review — Again

    Town officials this week again tackled the thorny issue of traffic problems at the flagpole intersection, the five-legged intersection in the town center that holds the 100-foot-tall landmark flagpole where Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street meet.

    The flagpole, which is not shielded by barriers, stands squarely in the intersection. The massive pole holds several round yellow-and-black traffic signs, informing motorists to “Go Right” around the pole while negotiating the intersection, which has a high accident rate.

  • Police Officials Skeptical About Dispatching Change

    Police Commission members this week discussed the many issues stemming from a proposal to move local emergency radio dispatching for 911 police, fire, and ambulance calls from Newtown to a private, nonprofit, nonunionized dispatching center in Prospect, generally expressing skepticism that such a change would be beneficial.

  • Police Panel OKs Secondary Post For Chief

    Police Commission members have approved a request from Police Chief Michael Kehoe to start a second job as an instructor for Post University’s online education program in the field of criminal justice.

    Commission members approved the chief’s request for secondary employment at a March 5 session.

    Chief Kehoe told Police Commission members that the Waterbury-based university’s online program in criminal justice would provide him with flexibility in terms of his role as an instructor.