2015 Citizen’s Police Academy Graduates Learned Many Valuable Lessons

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Apr 302015

Officer Robert Amarone was surprised by the Citizens Police Academy class of 2015 with a plaque. (see inset).

The Citizens Police Academy class of 2015 surprised Officer Robert Amarone with a plaque. (see inset).

On Wednesday evening, Police Officer Robert Amarone said goodbye to 21 of his new friends.

At the Graduation ceremony for the 2015 Spring Class of the Citizen’s Police Academy, 20 of the 21 students were greeted by Amarone, Chief Robert Gagne, Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo and Donald Lewis, Chairman of the Orange Police Commission.
During their last couple of hours of the 8 week course, which began on March 11, the students of this, the largest class ever assembled, asked many follow-up questions and expressed all positive comments about their experiences with the various instructors who volunteered their time. Including: Sgt. Ray LaPlante; Officer Brian Foote; Detective Harry Burke; Officer Jonathan DeRubeis; Detective Mike Kosh; ISU Lt. Andrew Steinbrick; Detective Brian Petrucelli; Lt. Max Martins; Officer Chris Brown and K-9 Loki; Officer Mary Bernegger and K-9 Trent; State’s Attorney Kevin D. Lawlor and Judge Richard Arnold.
A couple of the students were repeat attendees. At least one previously attended the Milford Citizen’s Academy and stated that she feels closer to the Orange officers than any of the police in her former hometown.
Selectman Judy Williams was a member of the class of 2015, the first public official to enroll. Chief Gagne thanked her for her participation and said he hopes in the future other board and committee members also will take the class so they can learn about the inner workings of the department.
According to Chief Gagne, the Orange Police Department developed ways of community policing before it became a “thing.”
Amarone said he couldn’t have asked for a better group of people for his first year in charge of the Academy. The students showed their appreciation by presenting him with a wood and brass plaque commemorating their time together.
The Orange Police will run another Citizen’s Academy next Spring. Future courses may offer different department related subjects, such as the dispatchers’ job.
Some of this year’s graduates want to repeat the course in 2016, and they highly recommend it to others.
“I know so much more about everything the Orange police do every day and I appreciate their openness and I’m very comfortable with all of them,” said Lisa Hartshorn, a member of the Orange CERT.
The department will announce its next class in January 2016, so when they do, don’t hesitate in signing up for it.

Police Awards: Officer Robert Amarone Honored

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May 242013

Chief Robert Gagne and Officer Robert Amarone share a laugh during the award ceremony.

Chief Robert Gagne and Officer Robert Amarone share a laugh during the award ceremony.

Every couple of years the Orange Board of Police Commissioners present awards to Orange police officers for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Although the awards ceremony generally takes place every two years, it has been three years since the last one, so all of these honors presented on May 16 are for incidents that took place in 2010, 2011 or 2012.

Officer Robert Amarone was one of those honored at this year’s ceremony on May 16.

Following is what was read during the presentation:


 Officer Robert Amarone

The Board of Police Commissioners is proud to award you this Letter of Recognition in connection with your diligence and prompt action in apprehending a larceny suspect.

On December 1, 2010 at 4:53 p.m., Kohl’s loss prevention employees began surveillance of a male who was loading multiple pieces of jewelry, wrist watches, and clothing into a shopping cart without regard to price or size.  The male suspect was then seen putting the items into a shopping bag from another department store.

The loss prevention employee notified the police of the suspicious activity and gave a description of the suspect, at which time Officers Robert Amarone and Michael Kosh were dispatched.

As Officer Amarone was arriving, he observed the suspect walk out of Kohl’s with the stolen merchandise in two bags while being followed by a Kohl’s loss prevention employee.  When Officer Amarone approached the suspect, the male dropped the store merchandise and began to run across the parking lot.

Officer Amarone chased the male alone through heavy rain, catching up to and tackling the male in the grass near the main driveway.  The male continued to struggle with Officer Amarone, but Officer Amarone maintained control of the suspect until the arrival of Officer Kosh and his canine partner Maximus.

Once the suspect saw the additional officer and heard the barking police dog, he became more compliant and surrendered.

Officer Amarone’s arrest and control training, coupled with his decisive action, resulted in the capture of a fleeing suspect. The suspect was subsequently prosecuted for larceny, drug, criminal impersonation, and interfering charges.

The Board of Police Commissioners recognizes Officer Robert Amarone’s diligence and dedication to duty.