In October, Orange Live reported that 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.
It’s been four months, but at this week’s meeting, Police Chief Robert Gagne told the commissioners that their request has been approved by the state — Derby-Milford Road will no longer have thru truck traffic.
The commission voted to go forward with having the Highway Department install signs on Derby-Milford Road ASAP.
Asst. Chief Tony Cuozzo said the department had a busy January with several shed break-ins in the North West area of town (the Greenbriers and High Ridge section).
Tools and other items were taken in the burglaries.
Cuozzo added that two vacant homes that are set back from the road were burglarized as well, and copper pipes were stolen.
“MUCK” Reporting Forms
The Orange Police Department began utilizing the DOT MMUCC Crash Data Collection Initiative, which Cuozzo describes as doing reports by answering a series of common questions similar to Turbo Tax.
“It’s 6-7 pages long instead of the basic 2 page report, but it is detailed and the state is happy with what Orange Police have turned in so far,” Cuozzo said. “The Department turned in 79 of these accident forms in January.”
• Sgt. Jose Taverner will go to an administrative training course.
• Orange has software that gets detailed information on stolen items. New Haven uses the system and hopes that other regional departments also will use it.
• Officers Scott and Klein are going to a “train the trainer” class on “Fair and Impartial Policing.”
• The hallway outside the police meeting room is lined with boxes containing new AEDs for all of the police cars in the Orange fleet.
• With more female officers in the department, there was a need to install new lockers in the women’s locker room.
• Updated tasers are now required per state statute. All but a couple of officers have been re-trained in taser use.
• The patrol and dispatch overtime budget is in the red, but Gagne is working it out with the Finance Department.
• Gagne met with the Board of Finance on Feb. 6 to discuss the department’s needs for the 2015-16 budget. The requests total about a half of a percent, so he believes their requests will be approved.
• Capital Planning – the radio project was approved.
• Officer Amarone has been doing a wonderful job with DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and this week all three of the grammar school’s DARE classes are graduating.
2016 Marks 20 years of teaching DARE in Orange