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Orange Police Try Something New Today – And You’re Invited

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Sep 052017
 

The Orange Police Department is moving into the 21st Century by offering, for the first time a live-stream swearing-in ceremony on Facebook.

Traditionally, new officers are sworn-in at the Police Headquarters in the very crowded Conference Room, and rarely are regular citizens in attendance.

Today, Sept. 5, the OPD welcomes its newest officer Makiem Miller with a LIVE swearing-in Ceremony that you can see on your smart phone, computer, tablet or laptop no matter where you are.

Just log into the Town Of Orange Police Department Facebook page at 3 p.m. for this historic occasion.

Orange Police Welcome Two New Officers

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Apr 302017
 

Chief Gagne addresses the new officers

On Friday, April 28, the Orange Police Department held a ceremony to swear-in to service its two newest officers, Brent Crawford and Christopher Ogrinc.

Both officers graduated from the Milford Police Academy on Thursday, where they were recognized for their exceptional firearms ability.

Officer Crawford is a graduate of the University of New Haven. As part of the ceremony, his father Gary, a retired sergeant with the Connecticut State Police pinned him with his badge.

Officer Ogrinc is a graduate of Housatonic Community College. His mother, Carol, a lieutenant with the New Canaan Police Department, pinned him.

Orange Police Sergeant Christopher Chiarelli Promoted To Lieutenant

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Jan 242017
 

On Friday, January 20, 2017, Sergeant Christopher Chiarelli was promoted to Lieutenant in a ceremony held at police headquarters.

Lieutenant Chiarelli joined the Orange Police Department in 2000. In his career, he has served as a patrol officer, detective, narcotics officer, and patrol sergeant. He currently leads the police department’s information technology division.

Lieutenant Chiarelli will initially be assigned to the overnight (12a-8a) patrol division.

We wish Lieutenant Chiarelli the best of luck in his new role with our agency.

— From the Orange PD Facebook Page

Underprivilaged Kids Get To Shop With A Cop

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Dec 212016
 

15622540_1176829939037093_7534960646962700952_nThe Orange Police Department posted this event on its Facebook Page.

In what is quickly becoming one of the favorite activities for our officers, the Orange Police Department once again partnered with the Reach Foundation for their ‘Shop with a Cop’ event held in Milford at the AMF Bowling Center and the Target store at the Connecticut Post Mall.

This year, Orange Lieutenant Max Martins, Sergeant John Aquino, and Officers Christina Nicolia, Robert Amarone, Sean Murphy, and Denny Peterson bowled a few frames (where Ofc. Nicolia proved to be our department’s best bowler), ate pizza, and helped kids from the local area pick out holiday gifts for their family and friends. Santa was there, of course, and ‘Miss Connecticut’ Alyssa Taglia even stopped by.

Thanks to the Reach Foundation, the kids get a chance to have a fun night out, and the officers get a chance to hang out with the kids in relaxed environment.

If you would like to learn more about the Reach Foundation, please click here: http://thereachfoundation.org/

Orange Police Raise Money For Tommy Fund — For The Love Of Chloe

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Dec 162016
 

Orange Police Growing Beards For A Good Cause

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Nov 082016
 

Sgt John Aquino

Sgt John Aquino

A notice from the Orange Police Department:

Orange residents may notice some scruffy police officers this month.

The OPD Police Union came to police administrators in October and asked that grooming standards be relaxed to allow beards for the month of November for a good cause.

The Union is raising money for the Tommy Fund in Chloe Clemens’ name. Chloe is a local toddler battling cancer. Her father and grandfather are long time Orange residents and businessmen.

Each officer must donate an initial $50 to participate and are encouraged to raise more donations as the month goes on. The Police Union has agreed to match donations up to $1000 but union President James Kline said they may raise that amount.

The Orange Police are proud to support such a worthy cause as the Tommy Fund. Donations may be dropped off at Police Headquarters. Checks should be made payable to the Orange Police Union with “Tommy Fund” or “Chloe.”

Donations can also be made directly to the Tommy Fund at http://tommyfund.org/donate/

Chloe’s Story https://www.facebook.com/courageforchloe/?fref=ts

NOTE: The participating officers must keep their beards neat, so we will not see any ZZ TOP growth out there. And the participating officers must shave at the end of November. 

Hundreds Come To Orange’s Trunk Or Treat

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Oct 252016
 

Dorothy and the Scarecrow Hide under Glinda's Dress.

Dorothy and the Scarecrow Hide from the Wicked Witch of the West under Glinda’s Dress.

After a rather cold and rainy Friday and Saturday, it was a relief for those planning to participate in the annual Trunk Or Treat on the Orange Fairgrounds to have cool, but dry weather during the event.

This year, organizer Brad Marcus traded in his whoopie cushion costume for a bacon costume. He knows how to stand out in a crowd.

With a portion of the parking lot still closed due to paving, the available parking areas were filled to capacity and the fairgrounds were lined with decorated cars, SUVs and trucks and their owners ready to greet costumed children and hand out candy — in many cases up to 7 or 8 bags full.

Police officer Robert Amarone and Deputy Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent were two of the town employees who cheerfully hand out candy. Two business owners went all-out. Marsha Oliver from Donald Oliver Home Improvement had a Wizard of Oz themed set up, including a tornado and all the characters and the folks from Chef’s Emporium had a haunted house and gave out freshly made candy apples.

The Zuppardi’s Pizza Truck and Chip’s Restaurant Truck provided food for purchase.

Here are some photos from the Oct. 23 event.

 

A Message From The Orange Police Department

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Jul 102016
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300 4.30.39 PMOne of our K-9 officers found this note on their cruiser when they headed to work today (on Friday).

We have seen a remarkable outpouring of gratitude from our community and beyond. Rest assured, the men and women of the Orange Police Department appreciate the sentiments. We serve with pride everyday…today, tomorrow and always.

Our community should “Expect the Best” from our Officers and nothing less.

13590440_1031735000213255_5249590800827052028_nWe know that there will always be an element of danger in the career that we have chosen. We followed the path into service knowing the risks and the rewards.

Thank you all, once again for appreciating our service.

Orange Police Prepared For Special Olympics Torch Run On Friday

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Jun 102016
 

Spec Olympic torch runThe Orange Police Department is dedicated to the CT Special Olympics and takes part in  a few fundraising events each year as well as the annual Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run.

In 2015, the OPD team was the largest ever with 17 people who took part in the Torch Run and carried the CT Special Olympics torch from the Milford Line (Raymour and Flannigan Clearance Center) to the West Haven City Line (Sam’s Club).

The group made the 3 mile run in record time and handed the torch off to the West Haven Police who wasted no time in continuing the run toward New Haven.

The run ends at the Campus of Southern Ct. State University where this year’s state games are held.

Come out to the Boston Post Road on June 10 to cheer the OPD runners on after they pick up the torch around 4 p.m.

 

Originally Published on: May 26, 2016 @ 00:11

PHOTOS: OEDC Hosts 15th Annual Expo

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Jun 082016
 

IMG_0354The Orange Economic Development Corporation hosted its 15th Annual Orange Business and Community Expo at the High Plains Community Center today, Wednesday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors enjoyed the food, served both inside and out, and visited a number of booths set up by local businesses and community organizations.

Always a favorite destination, the Beardsley Zoo brought along some interesting creatures and shared a lot of information about the state’s one and only zoo.

Here are some photos from the day: