The Orange Traffic/Police Commission met at Police Headquarters Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Following are notes from what they discussed at that meeting:
• Both the Derby and Orange Police departments sent letters to the state requesting a study be done on Derby-Milford Road to ban thru truck traffic.
The state responded with a letter stating that a number has been assigned to the case for review.
Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne said it could take some time before they receive a definitive answer.
• Old Grassy Hill Road will be closed for about 2 days when work is done to replace a culvert near Wright’s Pond. AT&T has to dig a trench 10 feet deep to complete necessary line work at the same time. (Watch for exact dates on Orange Live)
• The 2013 Uniform Crime Report (UCR) has been released, and is posted on the state’s ct.gov website. Orange is on page 265.
Gagne said crime is down in the state and at 339, Orange had the lowest recorded UCR in its history. The previous low number was 350 since they’ve been recorded over the past 40 years or more.
The stats weren’t recorded when Orange’s population was less than 10,000.
Note: Former Orange Police Chief Joseph Dooley is President of the CT. Police Chiefs Association
• Routine computer system integration
• The department now has label printing for barcoding evidence, which makes record keeping better and it is easier on the utility clerk.
• Recruit physicals and new uniforms
• The Orange Police Department now has 4 officers on the regional Special Response Team (SRT) — SWAT
• Maintenance for the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, or IAFIS (a national fingerprint and criminal history system)
• New Dell computers for the department
• There were bees in SallyPort and in the building that had to be removed
Overtime will be tight for the remainder of the year.
Nothing big planned until the Memorial Day Parade.
• HVAC project is progressing and a new unit is now on the roof
• The radio project is about to start soon.
• The Annual Report to be sent to town is ready
• The Juniorettes planted around the flagpole and returned October 4 and added mums to the containers near entrance.