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February Was A Very Busy Month For The Orange PD

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Mar 152021
 

The Orange Police Department faces numerous challenges last month (3,076 calls for service in that 28-day period) with a high number of Medical Emergencies — 127 — to which they were the first responders; 74 activated burglar alarms; 64 traffic accidents; 23 fights/disturbances; 23 shoplifting/larceny complaints; 1 residential burglary; 7 motor vehicle thefts; 19 criminal arrests; 3 DUI arrests; and the issuance of 42 motor vehicle citations.

It appears that perhaps the month of March may carry over some of the same types of criminal activities.

Last week, on the OPD Facebook Page, they posted a photo of a remote garage door opener with the following text:

A Genie garage door opener was recovered from a vehicle on Argyle Road on March 4th. The homeowner’s vehicle was entered into and the garage door opener was subsequently located inside. It is possible the garage door opener was taken from another vehicle in the area and inadvertently left behind in this other vehicle. If you think this garage door opener might belong to you, please contact Lt. Dennis Anderson, at 203-891-2130 and reference case #21-7127.

Police: Social Security Scam Alert

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Jan 142021
 

IMPORTANT! Our phone number was spoofed in a scam that we are currently investigating. The victim received a call from the “Social Security Administration,” followed by another call where the CallerID showed “Orange Police Department” with our phone number.
The second caller identified himself as an Orange officer. The “officer” asked the victim to confirm her Social Security number and address, and even threatened criminal charges if she didn’t comply.
If you have any doubt about the identity of an officer on the phone, you should insist on calling them back at the police station. We would have no problem with that, and you can verify that both the officer and the call are legitimate. Also, please remember that the Social Security Administration will NOT call you on the phone.
Thankfully this potential victim quickly picked up on the scam and notified us, but this is the first instance we’re aware that our phone number was spoofed by a scammer.
Our phone lines are in service, and if you call 203-891-2130, you’ll reach us.
More information on Social Security scams can be found at https://oig.ssa.gov

Orange Police Department Welcomes New Officer

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Dec 312020
 

On Monday, December 28, the Orange Police Department swore in its newest officer, Luisangel Valdovinos.
Luisangel is a 2015 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in History.
He graduated from the Hartford Police Academy in 2019 and had been working as a police officer for the City of Hartford.
Luisangel will be assigned to the patrol division after a brief training period.
Welcome Officer Valdovinos, we wish you a long and safe career with the Orange PD.

Town Of Orange Says Goodbye To Another Treasured Resident

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Dec 102020
 

For the second time this month, the Orange Police Department announced the passing of a former officer on its Facebook page.
RIP Rodger, and my condolences to his daughter Amy and all of his family and friends.
RODGER J. ADDIL
March 19, 1948 – December 8, 2020
In memory of our retired Lieutenant and friend. May he find peace and comfort in God’s loving arms. We will never forget him.
Rodger Addil was hired as a Supernumerary Officer on November 1, 1971, and was sworn in as a regular full-time officer on August 2, 1972. He was assigned as a Detective
in the Investigative Services Unit from July 1981 to August 1985. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in August 1985 and to the rank of Lieutenant in January 1991.
Rodger was assigned as the Lieutenant in command of the Investigative Services Unit in March 1996 until his retirement on April 15, 2000.
Among the several Department awards that Rodger received during his career was a Letter of Commendation for his work on a homicide investigation. Rodger will be sorely missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

OPD Welcomes Its Newest Officer This Week

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Dec 012020
 

The Orange Police Department swore in its newest officer, Ana Rita Castelao, on Monday, Nov. 30.
Ana was born in Portugal and emigrated to this country at an early age with her parents.
She is a 2018 graduate of Central Connecticut State Connecticut, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Criminology.
Ana graduated from the Hartford Police Academy in 2019 and had been working as a police officer for the City of Hartford.
She will be assigned to the patrol division after a brief training period.
Police Commission Chairman Jack Barton administered the oath of office to Officer Castelao at a small, family-only ceremony at the police department this morning.
We join the Orange Police Department in wishing Officer Ana Castelao a long and safe career in town.

 

Not Everyone Who Stays At Home Stays Safe

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Apr 082020
 

When this pandemic began to hit the United States some people started wondering how many suicides and murders would take place out of the frustration of being isolated from others or “stuck” with the same group of people indefinitely.

The divorce rate reportedly went up in New York and domestic violence rates also have risen in the past weeks.

The Orange Police Department posted the following information on its Facebook page:

If you need assistance, immediately call the Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130 or dial 911 for emergencies. Remember, not everyone who stays at home stays safe!

The attached information has been provided by the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Services are still available to individuals who need help.

Orange Police Department Earns State Accreditation

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Mar 112020
 

The following notice is from the Orange Police Department:

The State of Connecticut Police Officer and Standards Council (POSTC) voted today at their quarterly meeting to grant the Orange Police Department Tier I State Accreditation.Tier I, Liability Standards, are designed to assist police agencies to better protect themselves, their employees, and their governing entities from liability exposure as well as enhanced delivery of services and improved public confidence in the agency.

The OPD post stated, “Thank you to all the members of the Orange Police Department who have worked hard to help us reach this accomplishment and a special thank you to Ofc. Koshes, who has taken on the role as our accreditation manager, under the supervision of Lt. LaRock.”

Pictured below at the certificate presentation is (from left to right) Assistant Chief Max Martins, Chief Robert Gagne, Officer Frank Koshes, Lieutenant Heather LaRock, and POSTC Chairman Keith Mello.

 

Who’s That Knocking At My Door?

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Jun 112019
 

From the Orange Police Department:

Residents should be aware that there will be a group canvassing in town over the next few weeks.

Citizens Campaign for the Environment will be going door-to-door weekdays between 4p-9p and weekends from 11a-4p. If they are requested to perform follow-up visits from residents, those will take place between 8-9p.

This organization has registered with the police department and will continue to advise police of their activities/whereabouts while operating in town.

Their logo is shown below for recognition purposes. You can search for their website online as well if you desire more information.

Visit the Angel Tree At The Orange PD and Help Make A Child’s Dreams Come True

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Dec 112018
 

The Orange Police Youth and Community officers are trying something new this year, and the police department is hoping that this will be as successful as some of its other community-outreach endeavors.

Detectives Ryan DePolo and Carolyn Bailey, in partnership with Orange Community Services, have set up a ‘Holiday Giving Tree’ in the lobby vestibule at Orange Police headquarters, 314 Lambert Road.

On this tree are different angel ornaments. Each of these ornaments is dedicated to one boy or girl living in the Town of Orange. On each angel, there is the child’s name and the things he or she would like to receive for the holiday season.

The police are hoping that people will pick an angel from the tree and fulfill that child’s holiday wishes.

The items you pick for the child in need can be dropped at the Orange PD headquarters in care of either Detective DePolo or Detective Bailey. Please wrap the gifts and indicate which child you picked when doing so.

A Message From Synagogue President Marc Franzman to the Congregation

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Nov 082018
 

Dear Fellow Congregants
Sadly, in light of the events in Pittsburgh almost two weeks ago, I am sending out this email to provide everyone with an update on our security measures at our synagogue.
Over the past ten days, the Synagogue leadership team has participated in daily discussions and meetings to determine how to best handle the safety of the synagogue and our members. We have met with and had numerous conversations with the Orange Police Department and we have participated in various programs sponsored by the JCC / Federation and USCJ. We are reviewing all of our protocols and have already made certain security measure changes. We will continue with this process over the near term and make additional changes as deemed necessary.
On a positive note, the efforts that the synagogue has undertaken over the past five years have enabled us to focus on improving the existing security protocols rather than starting at the beginning.
Regarding our upcoming annual Kristallnacht program which is taking place on Sunday, November 18 at 9:00 a.m., you will likely notice some additional security measures. We are asking all members and guests not to bring any large bags into to building; preferably, we are requesting that you leave all bags and purses at home or in your vehicle (but don’t forget your money for the book purchase and signing).
Also, we are asking that those planning to attend the event to arrive early to ensure that everyone can be seated timely and prior to the beginning of the program. Please note that the additional security measures being put in place for next Sunday are out of an abundance of caution as this program, the related topic and the attendees heighten the level of security.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our overall security strategy, please do not hesitate to contact me at marc.franzman@gmail.com or 203-583–2265.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who participated in our Friday night Shabbat Solidarity service. With more than 200 people in attendance, we continue to demonstrate our own community unity to remember the eleven individuals who lost their lives and to honor those who bravely risked their own lives to protect the congregants of the Tree of Life synagogue.
Regards,
Marc Franzman
President Congregation Or Shalom