Dec 092014

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 2.12.00 PMThe Orange Police Department is teaming up with The Reach Foundation Wednesday, Dec. 10, for its second annual Shop With A Cop event.

Shop With A Cop is a one-on-one experience designed to have uniformed officers spend a day with underprivileged children in the community while socializing, shopping, and providing guidance during the holiday season.

According to the Reach Foundation website, “The children will shop for their family as well as a children’s organization from the community where the police officer serves. This unique shopping experience for the children is an opportunity that deters them for choosing a life of crime or violence. The participating children are identified by schools, youth organizations, and social services agencies.”

Police Chief Robert Gagne announced the department’s participation during Monday’s Police Commission meeting, stating that 5 police officers were volunteering their time to this worthwhile cause.

The officers will meet the kids at Bear and Grill, have dinner and get to know one another. After spending time together, the children participate in a law enforcement procession with flashing lights and sirens to the Milford Target store at the Westfield Post Mall. At the store, the police officers help the children shop for themselves, their family, as well as a child from the community where the police officer serves.

This is the first time that the Orange PD is involved in this event and it could possibly become a tradition for the officers.

Funding for the dinner and shopping comes from donations made to the Reach Foundation.

Mar 242014

There was police activity in the  area of North Greenbrier Drive on Monday.

There was police activity in the area of North Greenbrier Drive on Monday.

This morning around 3 a.m., police responded to the North Greenbrier Drive area on a suspicious activity complaint.

According to police, a resident was awakened when his motion detector lights were activated. When he looked outside he noticed a male figure standing in his driveway. He yelled out and the man walked away.

Officers were in the neighborhood within minutes and called Shelton for a K9 response. The dog tracked a short distance up the road then the trail went cold leading officers to believe there was a car involved.

There is no description of the man or a possible vehicle.

Neighborhood patrols are being beefed up as there have been some thefts from unlocked cars also reported recently.

Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo said residents are urged to lock their doors and to remove all valuables from unattended vehicles.

Thieves look for cell phones, GPS units, laptops and loose change and think nothing of entering your car to get what they want.

Cuozzo said always report suspicious activity of any kind in your neighborhood.

“If you see anything that seems out of place, such as a car driving slowly down your road, an unfamiliar person walking in your neighborhood or anyone peering into cars, call the Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130 to report it, and we’ll send someone to check it out,” he said.