Orange Police: August Activity Report

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Sep 122017

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Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne released the following stats from the month of August during today’s Police Commission Meeting at the OPD Headquarters.

The department had 2,884 calls for service.

One Commercial Burglary at Hayama Restaurant reported on Aug. 29, during which containers and cookware were taken.

There was one robbery at Dollar Tree on August 26, just after 11 p.m. No weapon was shown and there were no injuries. The Police Investigative Services Unit is in charge of this case.

Also, 117 activated burglar alarms, 37 criminal arrests, 40 shoplifting/larceny complaints, 16 fights/disturbances, 3 DWI arrests, 2 stolen cars reported, 68 traffic accidents, 149 traffic tickets issued, 141 medical emergencies.

The ISU is still investigating past bank robberies.

American Legion Remembers Pearl Harbor 74 Years Later

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Dec 072015

IMG_0147Commander Lewis Merritt of American Legion Post 127, presided over a brief ceremony in front of the Legion Hall commemorating the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor today, Dec. 7.

Phil Grande lowered the flag to half mast.

Police Chief Robert Gagne read a portion of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Date that will live in infamy” speech that was delivered to a joint session of Congress on Dec. 8, 1941, one day after the tragedy.

Don Jewell, the only WWII Veteran present, also offered a few comments.

The sound of gunshots filled the air as the rifle squad gave their salute.

If you did not make it to the event, take a moment to remember the 2,402 dead and 1,247 injured military personnel and anywhere from 55 to 68 civilians were killed and about 35 wounded in the attack.


Notes in A Nutshell: Police Commission

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May 122015

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The Orange Police Commission met at Town Hall on Monday, May 11.

As always the Traffic Authority portion of the meeting came first to discuss any traffic related issues, followed by the general Police Commission items.

Following were some of the topics on the agenda:

Traffic Authority

Subdivision for 560 Lambert Road to subdivide 3.51 Acres of Residential Land to create 2 lots. The applicant went to TP&Z last week but did not have all the approvals and signatures he needed for consideration.

He told the commissioners that the existing house will be removed and two houses would go in along with two new driveways.

Police Chief Robert Gagne looked at the plans and said the sight lines would be the same as they now are.

After a brief discussion the commission unanimously approved the plans.

The applicant received the signatures he needed and will go before the TP&ZC at its next meeting.

• Safety complaint

A resident on Buttonball Road spoke to Asst. Chief Cuozzo about cars speeding in this family neighborhood and expressed her wishes for Children At Play signs as a way to help keep up to 9 kids living there safe.

All of the commissioners are familiar with the road and added the comment, “if another car is coming you may have to stop so they can get by” to the discussion.

Chief Gagne said police will monitor the traffic as much as they can.

They unanimously agreed that getting the signs asap is a priority.

ALS Trek Bike Ride

The annual Tri-State ALS Trek bike ride from Cambridge Mass to Greenwich Ct June 26-28 will come through Orange on Sunday, June 28.

Chief Gagne said the bicyclists will be riding down Route 1, Malloy and Dogwood Roads and up through Route 34 on the final day of the event.

Police Commission

Asst. Chief Cuozzo presented the monthly report for April.

There were two commercial burglaries last month.  The first was at Fieldstone Village where someone took snowblowers. The second was at the unoccupied Orange Medical Center where construction and cleaning equipment were taken at some point, but the actual date is unknown.

A residential burglary was reported on Garden Road and Jewelry and silverware were reported missing.

Copper pipes were taken from a vacant home on Brookside Drive (in the same part of town as Garden Road)

Officers responded to a burglar alarm at another home (address not stated) and jewelry was reported missing.

In April police made 35 criminal arrests, issued 429 traffic tickets, investigated one stolen car complaint, and responded to 58 motor vehicle accidents.

Department Expenditures

• Sgt. Ray LaPlante was sent to accident reconstruction training.

• Minor leaks in the building were repaired

•Cabinetry was installed in the mobile command post

•A drain on the roof was retrofitted.

Budget Balance

Chief Gagne said everything looks good.

Any overtime (overages) can be taken care of by end of fiscal year.

The cost of gas went down and that helped save money.


A resident wrote a letter saying an officer who helped her was patient and kind and went the extra mile.

Another resident praised an officer for ensuring her safety when she had car trouble.

New Recruits

The Orange Police Department will welcome four new officers at the police academy graduation in Milford on Monday, May 18.

All four officers will be sworn in on Tuesday, May 19 and then begin their on the job training.

Chief Reveals How Orange Police Department Ended Fiscal Year In The Black

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Jul 252012

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At the July Police Commission Meeting Chief Robert Gagne reported the following:

The Police Department Records Division took in the following revenue in June:
$115.60 for reports
$355 for permits
Fingerprints $35
Parking tags $350
For a total of $855.60


The end of the fiscal year brings certain spending practices, such as officers using the remainder of their uniform allowances, etc.

The Department purchased a couple of new headsets for the dispatchers, and computers for the communications room.

Gagne also expressed his desire to send a couple of officers to the University of New Haven in August for a special Command College course, which offers exemplary training.

The Department will have to pay for psychological and physical exams for new recruits.

Gagne said that because it was the end of the year there were no budget balances, and he joked that he was happy to announce that the budget was in very good shape and last (fiscal) year ended well too.

On July 16, Gagne received a request to meet with the town capital planning bond committee to discuss the department’s needs. He said the HVAC system is in dire need of repair, and repairs to the air conditioning system at police headquarters has an estimated cost of $4,410.


The Chief received thank you notes from the following:

• Rape Crisis Center hosted a fundraising motorcycle ride and thanked the chief for the officers who assisted with traffic.

• This year’s Amity Intern Jacqui Farriolo thanked the department, particularly Lt. Tony Cuozzo under whose wing she performed her work duties.
In the note, she wrote that the Orange Police may have swayed her away from the Feds. (She aspired to become an FBI agent).

• Gloria Capecelatro thanked the department for its assistance with her husband’s funeral.
John Capecelatro, 89, was a past Fire Chief and a former supernumerary officer.

• The Regional Special Response Team (SRT) requested assistance in a major simultaneous drug bust in Ansonia and Bridgeport.

• Police Commissioner Roy Cuzzocreo also submitted a thank you note for the department’s assistance during his father’s funeral.
Joseph Cuzzocreo, 83, was a long time police commissioner.
“He loved the department,” Roy said.