The Board of Police Commissioners hosted its semi-annual police awards on May 17, following is one of the officer’s honored.
On February 13, 2014 at 3:23 p.m., Officer Robert Cafaro was nearing the end of his patrol shift when he noticed a suspicious vehicle pulled over on the side of Old Tavern Road. Being aware of recent burglaries in the area, Officer Cafaro stopped and observed the vehicle for a moment.
He saw a male passenger exit the car and walk toward an open garage door at a residence, then abruptly turn around and get back in the car. Officer Cafaro then approached the car to investigate and found that the driver appeared to be under the influence of drugs, and the two passengers in the car were uncooperative and gave evasive answers to questions.
Officer Cafaro instructed the driver to remove the keys from the ignition but he instead began to drive away slowly before hitting and getting stuck in a snow bank.
Officer Cafaro and Detective Michael Kosh, who had arrived as backup, observed the driver making furtive movements in the car as if he was trying to hide something.
All three occupants were found to have extensive criminal histories including burglary, larceny, and substance abuse issues. The driver was ultimately arrested for DUI, and was later transported to the hospital after it was suspected that he had secreted narcotics in his body.
After this incident, the series of burglaries in that area stopped.
Officer Cafaro’s diligence and observation skills led to the apprehension of an intoxicated driver and very likely the prevention of a burglary.
The Board of Police Commissioners recognized Officer Robert Cafaro’s diligence and dedication to duty.
A Letter of Recognition became a permanent part of his personnel file.