The Orange Police Commission meets every month at the Orange Police Department. The meeting is split up in two sections the Traffic Authority which deals with everything related to traffic; and the Police Commission, which covers everything else that the police handle.
Here are notes from the April and May meetings.
April (covering department activities in March)
A resident complained about traffic problems on Dogburn Road and put in a request for a stop sign.
The area didn’t meet the criteria for a stop sign but Chief Robert Gagne said the sight line issue is easily resolved and the Orange Highway Department or the homeowner could trim back the vegetation.
Gagne said the location does not have the accident numbers or traffic to justify installing a stop sign.
The Milford United Way Ride for Hope charity motorcycle ride will come through Orange and Sgt Ray LaPlante most likely will participate in the event.
In March, the Orange Police Department collected $1,820 in revenue from tickets, copies of reports, fingerprints, etc.
Officers responded to 3,768 calls for service. There were 3 robberies — two were related (subway and dip top) third stemmed fro a shoplifting at overstock warehouse one female juvenile arrested
In addition power tools were reported missing from a residential shed.
New tasers with holsters came out of officers clothing allowance, remainder came from the state.
HVAC repairs were paid for by an approved bond.
Department has a new DELL server part of state grant.
Orange PD took delivery of 50 body cameras. This was funded by a reimbursable grant. The town had to pay up-front and the money will be reimbursed.
An on-shift body cam and dash cam training program is upcoming.
Orange’s policy for these tools mirrors the statewide policy.
Chief Robert Gagne said cameras will help the department by showing an entire incident from start to finish — not just select images from a random cell phone video.
An officer’s perspective is different from that of a dash cam or a distant cell phone video.
“People behave better when they know they are on camera,” Gagne said. “It’s a good tool, but not a miracle cure for all the problems in the world.”
Officer Amarone put in for a $300 grant which was awarded by the Orange Lions Club. Money will go toward funding for community programs (DARE, giveaways at the fair, etc.)
The Department’s Police Awards presentations will take place on Tuesday, May 17 at High Plains Community Center.
Commission meeting on May 9 (covering April’s department activities)
During the Traffic Authority portion of the meeting Attorney Brian Stone presented the revised plans for the Windmill Vineyard on Route 34.
An ALS bike ride will be coming through town from May 24-26 and Orange Police will monitor the activity.
Route 114 (Racebrook Road) will be paved soon.
In April the department responded to 3,676 calls for service, including 1 residential and 4 commercial burglaries.
The residential burglary occurred during the overnight hours and nothing was taken. The commercial burglaries are possibly related and detectives are working on those.
Officers also responded to 118 activated burglar alarms, 131 medical emergencies, 24 fights/disturbances and 18 shoplifting/larceny complaints.
There were 48 criminal arrests, 4 DWI arrests, 77 traffic accidents and 261 motor vehicle citations issued.
The OPD made $1,107.95 in records revenue, including copies of reports and permits.
Expenditures: The department hired a new Records Employee and paid for training.
A $15,000 overage will come back from the state through the distracted driving grant.
More body cameras arrived and the policy is in effect. On-shift training is going well.
NOTE: Each month the Chief shares letters and thank you notes received during the prior month.
In April, he received a thank you note from Tim Granata, who was 23 years old when he was charged with killing his mother in their home on Wild Rose Drive back on July 24, 2014.
Granata thanked the department and one officer in particular for the respectful way he was treated on “the worst day of his life.”