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Orange Police: Officers Taking Intensive Training Course

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Jul 252015
 

11800312_849156115137812_6790751256347491459_nProfessionals take training seriously. The men and women of the Orange Police Department are no different. We currently have four officers led by Sgt Ray LaPlante who have advanced training in traffic crash reconstruction. Three of the Officers; Ofc. John Reshotnik, Ofc. Brian Foote, Det Harry Burke, have each completed 6 weeks of intensive training through the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) at the University of North Florida. Ofc. Carolyn Bailey and Sgt LaPlante are schedule to finish training this fall.

The training is offered through the Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC) here in Connecticut or at the IPTM Campus in Jacksonville Florida in two week blocks. In addition, specialty courses are offered in pedestrian involved crashes, motorcycles and commercial vehicles.

Once trained the officers learn the use of advanced equipment, such as the “Nikon Total Station” which aids in mapping and the collection of evidence. The “Total Station” was purchased through a donation from a local resident and was nearly $10,000! Not only is it used for traffic crashes, but it can be used to map any crime scene, make templates of intersections for routine crashes and even “survey” town property to create scale maps,ie the fair grounds.

The group trains at least once a month to remain proficient. They often review crashes to gain experience in evidence collection, crime scene photography and diagramming.

Members of the team are called out for any serious injury or fatal crash on our Town’s roads. The photos below of a recent staged crash set up by group members to practice. The drill was intently watched by two local K-9 residents who seemed intrigued by all the activity on their quiet street.

— Posted on The Town Of Orange Police Department Facebook Page

Orange Police Request Public’s Assistance

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Jul 212015
 

11694873_847333881986702_371809565614481137_nThe Orange Police are asking the public to help identify a suspect in an identity-theft case.

On Saturday, July 18, the woman pictured here found a wallet that did not belong to her and used the credit cards inside to make purchases at the Target and Lowe’s stores in Orange.

 

Four Juveniles Investigated For Suspicious Behavior At School

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Jul 202015
 

rbs_banner[1]On Friday, July 17, around 8 p.m. police noticed something suspicious on the surveillance camera feed at Race Brook School.  Young females were climbing onto the roof of the building.

While they were en route, the dispatcher kept responding officers updated on the activity.

The juveniles were “hanging out” at the playscape, then two of them pulled a table up the the building and began climbing up to the roof.

When officers arrived, two of the girls fled on foot, and the other two ran across the roof.

Within minutes, one of the girls’ mothers drove up to the scene and spoke to the officers.

According to Asst Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo, the woman said the girls were having a sleepover when they decided to go to the playground. She called the other three girl’s parents.

There did not appear to be any damage done to the property and the girls were allowed to go home.

Cuozzo said Youth Officer Michael Kosh will follow up with the juveniles and their parents.

Cuozzo spoke to the staff at Race Brook School, who verified that no damage had been done that evening.

Orange Police: Several Thefts Reported — Lock Your Cars, Keep Valuables Out Of Sight

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Jul 202015
 

BEST POLICE Patch EVERThe Orange Police received numerous calls on Saturday morning, July 18, of reports of cars being entered during the overnight hours.  Ten vehicles, nine of which were left unlocked, parked in private residential driveways.  One vehicle, whose keys were left inside, was stolen and dropped across town in another neighborhood.

The affected areas were Manley Heights, Wellington Drive, Woodland Lane, Barton Drive and Christian Circle.

The Department is asking residents to take several crime prevention steps to help stem these thefts from vehicles.

1) Lock your cars.  Forcing entry into a car is the exception not the norm.  Often residents do not want their cars damaged so they leave them unlocked.  Open cars present a crime of opportunity, more often than not criminals will bypass locked vehicles

2) Leave no valuables in vehicles over night.  Criminals will peer into cars and if they see something worth taking, they will.  If it looks very valuable they may take the extra risk and force entry.  This is easily avoidable by stowing GPS units and other valuables in locked glove boxes or center consoles or by taking them inside.

3) Light the night.  Leave outside lights on.  For the pennies it costs to leave  outside lights on you gain a tremendous amount of crime prevention.  During the night, someone on foot can hear or see a patrol car approaching and easily slip into the shadows.  By leaving lights on or installing motion lights , it takes these opportunities away.

4) Never leave keys in the vehicle.  Unfortunately,  we live in a time when it’s just not sensible to leave keys in your car.  Please, Lock your cars and bring the keys inside.

Criminals work on the pretence of  Opportunity, Ability and Target… We can control two of these by hardening the target and reducing opportunity.  As always if you hear or see something,  day or night, report it by calling 203-891-2130.

Orange Police: June Was A Busy Month

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Jul 142015
 

Orange Police Headquarters

Orange Police Headquarters

The Orange Police had a busy month in June.

They answered 2,898 calls for service, responded to 5 residential burglaries — the two that we previously published, two sheds that were broken into and a construction trailer that had been entered, but the individuals ran away when someone yelled out to them.

There were 126 activated burglar alarm calls, 32 criminal arrests, 28 shoplifting/larceny complaints, 19 fights/disturbances and 140 medical emergencies.

On the roads there were 5 DWI arrests, 93 traffic accidents and 176 motor vehicle citations issued.

Police: Orange Woman Charged With Assault

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Jul 132015
 

BEST POLICE Patch EVEROfficers responded to a private residence on Overland Drive on a disturbance complaint July 9 at 8:47 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Lisa Widell, 42, of 540 Overland Drive, had gotten into an argument with a family member, and that argument turned physical. She was subsequently taken into custody and charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

Widell was held on bond for court July 10.

 

 

Police Asking Public To Report Illegal Dumping

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Jul 092015
 

Typical pump style truck

Typical pump style truck

The Orange Police are looking for the public’s assistance. There appears to be illegal discharges of grease associated with food service establishments (restaurants) entering the Town of Orange sanitary sewerage system.  The Orange sewer system serves primarily commercial establishments along the Boston Post Road corridor.

There are several companies that pump grease out of mandated, below grade, grease traps for restaurants that is then to be hauled away by the pumper to a facility for processing. Sewer Superintendant R. Scott Allen speculates that to save disposal costs, a hauler is discharging their truck somewhere along the

The type of truck to look for

The type of truck to look for

Boston Post Road corridor into the Town’s sewage system via a manhole, which then flows to the Town’s main pumping station near Orange Center Road.

The grease severely impacts the ability of the pump station to function properly. The grease must be pumped out of the pump station, at great expense, in order for the pump station to function as designed. This cleaning process has been occurring almost weekly for the past several months due to the illegal dumping.

The scope of where these discharges are occurring is quite large (any point from 500 Boston Post Road and going East on the Boston Post Road all the way to the West Haven boundary). There are hundreds of manholes along that route.  The dumping appears to occur mostly Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but it is unknown if the discharges are occurring during the day or the night time. There is also, at this point, no way of knowing if the grease was generated from Orange or if it is coming from another location.

Orange Police are asking the public to directly report any tank style truck parked along the commercial properties on the Boston Post Road to 203-891-2130.  Officers will attempt to identify the trucks’ operators and determine if they are legitimately accessing the sewer system and will forward that information to Mr. Allen.  Officers are only interested in these trucks if they are parking in a commercial parking area.

Road Reconstruction Continues in Orange

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Jun 232015
 

caution-road-work-ahead-temporary-signFrom the Orange PD Facebook Page

Road reconstruction continues:

Mapledale Rd – Orange Center to Derby Ave – Resurfacing
New Haven Ave. – Racebrook Rd to Dogwood Road – Resurfacing
Dogwood Rd. Cummings to Chestnut Ridge – Gas main installation

Expect closures and delays on all these routes.

Old Grassy Hill Rd and Old Tavern Rd are complete but still need center lines and stop bars so use caution.

Police: Two Men Charged With Vacuum Cleaner Theft

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Jun 152015
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Officers responded to the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road on a shoplifting complaint June 5 at 11:08 p.m.

Officers learned that David Adams, 50, of 825 Morrison Ave ‪#‎12D, Bronx, NY and Arthur Richardson, 59, of an unknown address, had filled two shopping carts with vacuum cleaners, then ripped off the security tags.

The total value of the vacuum cleaners was $2,607.35.

According to the report, the two men attempted to remove the merchandise from the store without paying, but were stopped by security and detained for police.

Police said Richardson initially gave a false name to the responding officers.

Both were subsequently taken into custody and charged.

Adams was charged with conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny, attempt to commit fourth-degree larceny, and second-degree criminal trover.

He was released on $1,000 bond for court June 19.

Richardson was charged with conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny, attempt to commit fourth-degree larceny, second-degree criminal trover, and interfering with an officer.

He was held on bond for court June 8.

 

An Orange Police Department Tradition: The Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run

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Jun 052015
 

The Orange Police Special Olympics Torch Run contingent prepares for its leg of the Route.

The Orange Police Special Olympics Torch Run contingent prepares for its leg of the Route.

This afternoon 17 people took part in the Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run as members of the  Orange Police Department contingent who 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 years state games are being held.

The Orange PD is dedicated to the CT Special Olympics and has participated in this event for many years, and this is the largest group ever, with several new faces.