Chatting With Members Of The OPD at Coffee With A Cop

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Oct 042017

Police Chief Robert Gagne, Officer Carolyn Bailey, and future Asst Police Chief Max Martins.

The Orange Police made themselves available to the public this morning at Chip’s Restaurant.

This is the second time that Chief Robert Gagne and members of the OPD participated in the annual Coffee with a Cop event (about 167 other departments also participated in their communities). The back room at the restaurant was never crowded but people came in waves, talked to an officer or two, had a cup of coffee and then went on with his or her day.

Among the officers on hand were Lt. Max Martins, a 22-year department veteran, who will be sworn in as the new Assistant Chief next Wednesday morning and Carolyn Bailey, who is the new department Public Information/DARE officer.

Chief Gagne has nothing but praise for both of them, expressing his full confidence in their abilities.

He said Officer Bailey has many great ideas and already is doing a great job in her new position.

NOTE: We look forward to working with Asst Chief Martins (after his inauguration) and Officer Bailey both of whom we’ve known for many years. We know they will be terrific.

The Coffee with a Cop event is really a great opportunity for the public to get to know the members of the Orange Police Department. We hope that it will grow in popularity in the future.

OPD Announces Lt Max Martins As New Assistant Chief

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Oct 042017


The Orange Police Department recently announced that the Board of Police Commissioners selected Lieutenant Max Martins to be the next Assistant Chief of Police.

Lieutenant Martins is a twenty-two year veteran of the Orange Police Department and has been a lieutenant since 2007. He has been the department’s Administrative Lieutenant since 2013.

Lieutenant Martins will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of former Assistant Chief Anthony Cuozzo.

There will be a promotional ceremony for Lt. Martins on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 9 a.m. at police headquarters. Family, friends, and well-wishers are all invited.

The OPD will be streaming the ceremony LIVE on Facebook for those that cannot attend in person.

Here are a few links to stories we’ve published about the future Asst. Chief: Lifesaving, Lost Cell Phone, Quick thinkingLetter of Recognition, Off Duty Action, Giving His Time.



Don’t Miss Your Chance To Have Coffee With A Cop on Oct. 4

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Oct 032017

Together with Chip’s Family Restaurant, the Orange Police Department will be hosting Coffee with a Cop at Chip’s, 321 Boston Post Road, on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 9-11 a.m.
The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to connect Officers with the community they serve.
This is the second time the Orange Police have had this event. The first one took place at Chip’s on Oct. 8, 2016, and was very well received.
Join them for a cup of coffee and conversation. Get to know the officers who work in your community!

Notes In A Nutshell: September Police Commission

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Sep 292017

A new subdivision was on the agenda during the Traffic Authority portion of the Orange Police Commission meeting this month.

Traffic Authority

Brian Baker presented plans for 205 Indian River Road, the old Cuzz Acres Golf Course, for a 4 lot subdivision. The area that used to be a driving range has a lot of frontage space. It’s flat on Edison Raod and slopes down on Indian River across from the Christmas Tree Shops building.

Baker explained that Lot 1 would be used for an office building where 240 parking spaces are required by town regulations, but it will have 302 spaces, therefore satisfying the requirements that will come up at a future TP&Z Commission meeting.

He showed schematics of what could go in on Lots 2 and 3 and told the commission that they were going to submit the plans to the TP&Z for a spot on an upcoming agenda.

The Police Commission discussed the plans and approved them after agreeing that there were no sight line issues, no new roads would be required and they would have no impact on the town infrastructure.

Police Commission

During this portion of the monthly meeting, the commissioners heard Chief Robert Gagne’s report on department expenditures, which included maintenance issues and monies spent for new recruits.


Gagne said there are no concerns with the department’s budget, adding that the environmental service unit in men’s locker room needed fixing to take care of a humidity issue.

Carbon Monoxide in Police SUVs

He also discussed the fact that the Ford Patrol SUVs across the country that were having Carbon Monoxide issues, sickening officers and causing accidents was due to holes that were drilled in the vehicles where they didn’t belong.

He was happy to announce that the Orange PD’s vendor did not do this, so it was not a problem here, adding that C/O detectors were installed in the department’s vehicles as a precautionary measure to keep our officers safe.


The Chief reported that the Sig Sauer guns that every officer carries were discovered to have a design flaw.

According to a memo, if the gun was dropped on the ground in a specific way, it was in danger of going off.

The gun manufacturer found that the trigger was too heavy and could fire if it fell on the ground.

Gagne said, “Of course we tell our officers not to drop their guns, and it has not been a problem in our department.” Still, all of the pistols will be replaced this fall with the same model gun that has been modified to take care of the issue.

Charcoal Uniforms

Gagne shared some good, money-saving news as well.

The Orange Police Department has a unique color choice for its uniforms and no other department uses charcoal colored uniform pants.

For many years, Orange purchased its uniforms from Horwitz Uniforms in West Haven.

Recently, the owner notified Gagne that he had many pairs of charcoal pants in stock that were not selling. He offered the Orange PD his remaining inventory of these pants free of charge, asking only that the officers come to him to have them striped.

Parents, Do You Know About The New Car Seat Law?

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Sep 252017

Connecticut’s new car seat law will go into effect on Sunday, October 1, and that means keeping children in car seats for a year or two longer than with the previous law.

The law affects children from infancy all the way up to 8-years-old. Under the new law, children are required to stay in rear-facing seats until they are 2-years-old and weigh 30 pounds. That’s up from the previous law, which allowed forward-facing seats for children 1-year-old and at least 20 pounds.

It also requires children to be 5-years-old and weigh 40 pounds in order to move into a booster seat, and children must stay in booster seats until they are at least 8-years-old and 60 pounds.

The first violation warrants and infraction ticket – police can fine caregivers up to $199 for the second incident.

The purpose of the new law is so that this part of the seatbelt actually comes across a child’s chest instead of up against the neck so in the event of a crash, it does its job and protects them.

For those who can’t afford it, both Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Yale-New Haven children’s hospital have programs to provide free seats to parents who can’t afford them,

Click here for more information on getting a free car seat.

— compiled from various releases including one from the CT Children’s Medical Center. 


Be Aware: Simultaneous Accidents In Town

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Sep 242017

You may want to stay clear of a couple of areas in town right now.

Back to back accidents were reported around 3:15 p.m.

A motorcycle was involved in an accident on Racebrook Road – three ambulances responded to that scene.

At the same time, there was a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Orange Center Road in front of High Plains Community Center. This area is shut down during the accident investigation.


Unwrapping The Purple Firetrucks For Chloe

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Sep 222017

On August 12, 2016, the tri-town Amity volunteer fire departments came together to show off their newly wrapped purple Courage For Chloe fire trucks in honor of baby Chloe Clemmens, a sweet baby girl whose smile never faded even though she was battling Neuroblastoma.

Little Chloe continues to beat cancer, and now it’s time to celebrate!

According to the WVFD Facebook page, the Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge volunteer fire departments will unwrap their purple Courage for Chloe trucks to celebrate Chloe’s cancer being in remission for 9 months on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Woodbridge Firehouse, 100 Center Rd, Woodbridge, from 1-4 p.m.

Refreshments, hot dogs, and hamburgers will be served.

The event is free and open to the public.

Orange Police: Wanted Person, Reward Offered

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Sep 212017

The Orange Police Department holds a warrant for the arrest of Vincent Jones, dob March 28, 1968, who is wanted in connection with the robbery of the Webster Bank branch on Racebrook Road in Orange on July 31, 2017.

Jones is known to frequent the New Haven area, along with other large state municipalities, but has no permanent address.

If you see Vincent Jones, do not approach him; contact police immediately by dialing 911.

Jones is facing charges of robbery, larceny, and breach of peace. He also has an active warrant from the Waterbury Office of Probation & Parole.

A reward of up to $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Vincent Jones is being offered in conjunction with the Connecticut Bankers Association.

To report a sighting of Vincent Jones, dial 911. For information on his location, contact the Orange Police Department at 203.891.2130. All tips/information will be kept confidential.

Don’t Mess With Loki

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Sep 162017

During a police K9 Demonstration at the Orange Country Fair, this afternoon, Officer Chris Brown and his canine partner, Loki showed off the dog’s intensity and strong bite with the assistance of guest “criminal” Deputy Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent.

The music from a live band was blaring nearby, drowning out some of the police dialogue. But basically, Vincent put on a thick protective bite sleeve and stood in the ring as Brown held Loki back while yelling directions to Vincent. “Stay where you are or I’ll release my dog.”

Brown let up on the leash a little and let Loki go after the “criminal.”

Loki hung on until Brown commanded him to release and offered him a miniature bite roll to chew on — a job well done.

The message to this story, if you commit a crime in Orange, don’t mess with Loki.

Orange Police: August Activity Report

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Sep 122017

      Orange Police Patch

Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne released the following stats from the month of August during today’s Police Commission Meeting at the OPD Headquarters.

The department had 2,884 calls for service.

One Commercial Burglary at Hayama Restaurant reported on Aug. 29, during which containers and cookware were taken.

There was one robbery at Dollar Tree on August 26, just after 11 p.m. No weapon was shown and there were no injuries. The Police Investigative Services Unit is in charge of this case.

Also, 117 activated burglar alarms, 37 criminal arrests, 40 shoplifting/larceny complaints, 16 fights/disturbances, 3 DWI arrests, 2 stolen cars reported, 68 traffic accidents, 149 traffic tickets issued, 141 medical emergencies.

The ISU is still investigating past bank robberies.