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									STAMFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT 2007 ANNUAL REPORT

Table of Contents
Mission Statement Year in Overview Sworn Employees Civilian Employees Office of Public Safety, Health and Welfare Chief of Police Executive Officer Assistant Chief-Administrative Division Crimes Analysis Patrol Captains District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 Midnights Fourth Squad Homeland Security Bomb Squad Harbor Unit Bureau of Criminal Investigations Crimes Against Persons Crimes Against Property Narcotics and Organized Crime Identification Bureau Evidence and Property Court Liaison Youth Services Bureau Domestic Violence Juvenile Review Board Communications- 911 Office of Emergency Management Captain of Administration Budget and Purchasing Headquarters Division Public Information Officer Information Technology Records Training and Career Development Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Bureau of Auxiliary Services Motorcycle Unit Animal Control 1 3 4 7 8 9 10 11 12 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51

Edited by: Joseph Hickey-Research Assistant Photography by: The Information Technology Unit Statistical Data: The Research and Analysis Unit Special Thanks to: All Supervisors who submitted data, and of course the men and women of the Stamford Police Department. Front Cover: Stamford Police Honor Guard: Pictured from left: Michael DiBella, Sean McGowan, Christopher Brown, Erin Trew, Christopher Baker, Michael Merenda, Jerry Junes and Andrew Czubatyj.

MISSION STATEMENT

The primary mission of the Stamford Police Department is to provide the highest quality law enforcement services to our community. To achieve this end, we are committed to providing and maintaining a safe and secure environment, one that will foster an atmosphere of honesty, trust and mutual respect in which the Stamford Police Department and the community will work together as catalysts for positive growth. We intend to accomplish this through a professional police organization dedicated to serving its citizens in an efficient, effective and courteous manner. We shall endeavor to maintain a standard of conduct that is caring, involved and unbiased. We shall endeavor to earn the respect of all individuals by maintaining a knowledgeable, responsive, well-trained and accountable work force that discharges its duties and responsibilities with evidence of fairness, tolerance and equality. We shall endeavor to continue to shape this mission through communication and receptiveness to new ideas that will enhance public safety in our community.

A Message From the Mayor
I would like to thank and congratulate the men and women of the Stamford Police Department for their dedication to public service and unwavering commitment to providing and maintaining a safe environment for our residents. We here in Stamford are very proud of the fact that we live in a vibrant, flourishing city. One major component that has contributed to this growth is the fact that our city enjoys an especially low crime rate. In fact, the FBI has ranked Stamford among the eleven safest cities in the nation for six consecutive years. Although this is the result of a truly collaborative effort by many different segments within our community, much of this success can be attributed to the excellent work of the Police Department. Indeed, the members of the Stamford Police Department truly perform their jobs with the utmost effectiveness. Without question, safeguarding the public is the most primary goal of any city. This endeavor has always been and will continue to be of paramount importance to my Administration. Towards this end, I am proud to support the Office of Public Safety, Health and Welfare and specifically the Stamford Police Department in its mission to improve the quality of life for all our residents. Our continuous commitment to public service and public safety are absolutely vital in our quest to make Stamford the best city in the nation in which to work, live and raise a family. Sincerely,

Dannel P. Malloy Mayor

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2007: An Overview During 2007 many innovative changes occurred in the Stamford Police Department. One of them is this very Annual Report. This is the inaugural edition of our Department’s Annual Report. It is hoped that this Annual Report will introduce the public and elected officials to the many services and policing initiatives and strategies that we have employed in our public safety efforts. As our Annual Report becomes institutionalized in the years to come, we hope they will serve as a bridge between our Department and the community it serves. Another change that occurred that will have a great impact for years to come is the promotion of Susan Bretthauer to the position of Assistant Chief. Chief Bretthauer is the first female in the history of the Stamford Police Department to attain the rank of Assistant Chief. She was also the first female to attain the ranks of Lieutenant and Captain within the Department. She is currently in charge of the Administrative Division, which encompasses virtually all aspects of police services, less patrol, criminal investigations and youth services. Moreover, Police Chief Brent B. Larrabee has been extremely proactive in enhancing the Department in many areas with specific emphasis on improving technological capabilities, expanding youth-related initiatives, increasing training and diversification of the workforce. Furthermore, work on several initiatives all with the goal of solidifying long-term planning for the Department has begun. Specifically these include, the establishment of a Police Foundation, development of a formal strategic plan and the development of a customer satisfaction survey. All of these instruments will assist the Department in formulating the future goals and objectives it wishes to achieve, and to articulate precisely how it plans to achieve them. Statistically, the Department’s current actual strength is (293) sworn officers and (66) civilian personnel (including Public Safety Dispatchers). The Department responded to 72,826 calls for service and totaled 2,368 reportable crime incidents during the year. Also, the Department made 3,750 arrests during this time frame. Crime decreased 1.7% during 2006 and Stamford was ranked the 9th safest city in the nation with a population over 100,000. This was the sixth consecutive year that Stamford ranked among the top 11 safest cities in the nation. In the pages to follow you will be introduced to the specific Units, along with their respective commanders, within the Department. Each will give a brief synopsis of the responsibilities, goals and achievements for their Unit. When you have finished, we hope you will have a better understanding of the magnitude of the services provided by the Stamford Police Department.

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Stamford Police Department
Police Commission Chief of Police
Research and Analysis Administration Manager Internal Affairs

Investigations
Crimes Against Persons
Court Liaison Identification

Patrol Operations
West District
Community Policing Task Force

Family Services
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Response
Domestic Violence Liaison

Administrative Services
Communications Records
Information Services

Crimes Against Property
Fraud

Public Information

Auxiliary Services
Central Hiring School Guards

Front Desk/Jail Bomb Squad

Central District

Narcotics and Organized Crime

Community Policing Task Force

Evidence & Property

Major Accident Case Squad Late Tour

Youth Services
Investigations
Juvenile Court Liaison

Training
Career Development

Support Services
Abandoned Vehicles Animal Control

DEA Task Force Arson Task Force

East District North District

Emergency Management

Child Guidance Liaison

Technical Services Marine Unit

Terrorism Task Force
School Resource Officers

High Schools Middle Schools Elementary Schools

Budget & Payroll Police Garage

Sworn Employees Chief of Police Brent B. Larrabee Assistant Chief Susan Bretthauer Robert Nivakoff Captain Richard Agostino Richard Conklin Thomas Lombardo Brian McElligott William Mullin Gregory Tomlin Thomas Wuennemann Lieutenant Sean Cooney Francis Cronin Eugene Dohmann Scott Duckworth Elizabeth Erickson Jonathan Fontneau John Forlivio James Matheny Philip Mazzucco Nicholas Montagnese Timothy Shaw William Watrous Sergeant Christopher Baker Thomas Barcello Lawrence Brown Richard Colwell Louis DeRubeis Francis Devanney Christian DiCarlo Peter diSpagna Kristen Engstrand Kevin Fitzgibbons Andrew Gallagher Christopher Gioielli Russell Gladwin Louis Gurliacci Paul Guzda Kathleen Haley William Hnatuk Diedrich Hohn Kenneth Jarrett Joseph Kennedy Robert Latosh Robert Littlejohn Patrick Loughran Anthony Lupinacci Ernest Maldonado Thomas Martin James McAuliffe Gary Michell Robert Monck George Moran Michael Noto Gerald Obuchowski Gary Perna Richard Phelan Jennifer Pinto Charles Rondano John Scalise Tom Scanlon Michael Scatamacchia Wayne Scutari Robert Shawinsky Duncan Stewart Carl Strate Paul Vaccaro James Van Allen Theresa Vitti Clifton Weed Christopher Weed Charles White Peter Wolff Thomas Wolff Officer Peter Altobelli Joanne Anzenberger Brendetta Baines Scott Baldwin Richard Barbagallo Rafael Barquero Richard Bartlett Ray Belle William Biasetti Simon Blanc Jessica Bloomberg Sean Boeger Jeffrey Booth Kenneth Boyd Heather Bozentko Leo Brace William Brevard Christopher Broems Christopher Brown John Buehler Robert Bulman Michael Burke Brian Butler Richard Byxbee Luciano Calvacante Cory Caserta Allan Chernak Frank Chiafari Norris Clark Thomas Comerford James Comstock Sandra Conetta Patrick Conetta Rhett Connelly Michael Connelly Glenn Coppola Michael Correnty Michael Costello Sean Coughlin Brian Cronin Andrew Czubatyj Richard Dabrowski Robert J. Daly Robert M. Daly Frank Dampf Joseph Darling Edward Davis Douglas Deiso

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Miriam Delgado Alan Deluca Lawrence Densky Paul DeRiu Elizabeth Deveson Michael DiBella David Dogali Timothy Dolan Peter Dowd Thomas Drain Michael Dube Michael Duffin Joseph Duguay William Edson Anna Edwards John Evenson Paul Fagan John Farrell Lawrence Ferraro Frankie Forbes Raymond Fortuna William Fox Heather Franc Phillip Franchina Carl Franzetti Michael Franzetti John Gaetani William Garay Brett Gardner Richard Gasparino James Giammarco David Gladstone Angel Gonzalez Joseph Gonzalez James Grabinski Donald Greer Desiree Hamm James Herbert Donald Holden Gregory Holt Derrick House Timothy Howard Jeffrey Hugya George Jagodzinski Wayne James Isaac Jean-Pierre

Robert Johnson Oscar Jones Constantine Jordhamo Troy Judge Jerry Junes Mark Kane Kevin Keenan Scott Kendall Michael Kilcoyne Thaddeus Kocot Jeffrey Krivinskas Frank Laccona Theresa Lauf Clyde Levine Mark Ligi Todd Lobraico Michael Longo Paul Longo Stephen Lopez Joseph Lorenti Michael Lunney Kevin Lynch Jennifer Lynch Paul Mabey Robert Macari Kevin Mackay Wayne Macuirzynski Peter Malanga Eva Maldonado Michael Mann Felix Martinez Ryan McAllister Thomas McGinty Sean McGowan James McGrath Brian McKay William McMahon Peter McManus William Mercado Michael Merenda Benjamin Miller Adriana Molina Romano Mollicone George Momplasir William Moore Colin Morris

Michael Mulhall Hugh Mullin Niels Murer Stephen Murphy Michelle Murtagh Daniel Musso Gary Nevola Michael Nguyen Adrian Novia Seth O’Brien John O’Meara Dennis Onacilla Joseph Parisi Louis Pasquino Paul Pavia Heriberto Perez Andrew Perniciaro Steven Perrotta Nicole Petrenko Christopher Petrizzi William Petrone Brendan Phillips Frank Pica Ryan Pitoniak Thomas Pjatak Richard Pompa Guy Potolicchio Charles Potter Michael Presti Anthony Provenzale Richard Rafferty Gregory Rakoczy Frederick Raman Silas Redd Shawn Redfield Louis Rich Douglas Robinson Frambiel Rodriquez David Rodriquez Edward Rondano John Russell George Salazar Sean Scanlon George Scarano Vincent Sheperis David Sileo

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Vito Sileo Gene Simoneau Mark Sinise Robert Synder Erik Soderholm Robert Somody James Stackpole John Staltaro Marcia Stella Michael Stempien Joseph Steyer Brett Stoebel Troy Strauser Steven Stromberg Thomas Sullivan Christopher Terrell Mark Thomas

Erin Trew Mark Tymon Richard Vetter Luis Vidal Mark Vitti John Vossler Michael Wagner Donald Walters Roman Wasicki Henry Wendel George Whalen Todd Wikman Jeremy Williams Faruk Yilmaz Anna Zajac Paul Zarodkiewicz

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Civilian Employees

Loretta Baldwin- O.S.S. Todd Bassett- Dispatcher Gherianne Bell-Forrester-Police Aide Shermaine Bennett- Dispatcher Archibald Blake-Police Aide Frank Blefari-Dispatcher Cynthia Boisfeuillett-O.S.S. Ginger Chin-O.S.S. Tilford Cobb-Animal Control Officer Ladrina Coleman-Dispatcher Denise Cooper-Police Aide Bonnie Costanzo-Dispatcher Timothy Croke-Dispatcher Pamela Critser-Dispatcher Jeffrey Dinnan-Equipment Mechanic Steven Estabrook-Dispatcher Edward Filipak-Police Aide Walter Finch-Dispatcher Nancy Fortin-O.S.S. Rose Gentle-Rosa-Dispatcher Uwe Goettsche-Equipment Mechanic Kevin Gordon-Custodian I Joseph Hickey-Research Assistant Elizabeth Hogan-Account Clerk II Laurie Hollywood-Animal Control Manager Annabelle Hughes-Secretary Stendhal Jean-Louis-Animal Control Officer Leah Jordhamo-Dispatcher Walter Junker-Dispatcher Joseph Kardos-Dispatcher Faye Kay-O.S.S. Victoria Keiffer-Research Assistant Colin Kennedy-Dispatcher

Floyd Krom-Police Aide Robert Kryger-Dispatcher Richard Kulis-Dispatcher William Librandi-Equipment Technician Michael Lockwood-Dispatcher Steven Loddo-Dispatcher Marilyn Lundgren-Dispatcher Philip Magalnick-Dispatcher Patricia McCord-O.S.S. Kevin Melly-Dispatcher Loretta Miller-Dispatcher Angela Mitchell-Dispatcher Thomas Mitchell-Police Aide Philip Morgan-Dispatcher Yolanda Perdue-Clerk Matron James Phelan-Custodian John Pikikero-Equipment Mechanic Sharon Ritchie-Dispatcher Randy Samaha-Dispatcher Melanie Semmel-Dispatcher Alan Shaw-Dispatcher Francis Shute-Dispatcher George Siclari-Dispatcher Gurcharan Singh-O.S.S. Anthony Smith-Dispatcher Patricia Stosuy-Clerk Matron Thanh Tran-Custodian Gloria Trivelli-Account Clerk I Katina Wargo-Animal Shelter Maintenance Marlona Weathers-Mitchell-Dispatcher Paula Weeks-O.S.S. Christine Zarmsky-Dispatcher Zinoviy Zeltser-Computer Technician

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Office of Public Safety, Health and Welfare

The Office of Public Safety, Health and Welfare is responsible for administering all areas related to the physical, as well as overall well being of the citizens of Stamford. This important Division of city government is commanded by Director William Callion. Director Callion is responsible for the administration, supervision and performance of all municipal functions related to Police, Fire, Health, Social Services, Rescue, Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Management. In addition to these many hats he wears, Director Callion is also a member of the Mayors cabinet. As the commander of the Office of Public Safety, Health and Welfare, Director Callion is responsible for the supervision of the activities of the Chief of Police, the Fire and Rescue Chief, and, unless otherwise prohibited by law, for the coordination of the functions of the City Fire and Rescue Department, all Volunteer Fire Departments and the Office of Emergency Management. He is also responsible for, to the extent permitted by state law, the supervision of the activities of the Health Director, and for the administration of social service functions including, but not limited to, public assistance programs. With such a vast array of responsibilities covering such a large spectrum of services, Director Callion undoubtedly provides an indispensable service to the citizens of Stamford.

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Chief of Police - Brent B. Larrabee On behalf of the men and women of the Stamford Police Department, I am excited to present our first Stamford Police Department Annual Report. It is hoped that this Annual Report will introduce and familiarize the public and elected officials with the many diverse services provided by our Department. It is also hoped that this Annual Report will reveal several new initiatives and policing strategies that we have implemented to enhance our overall public safety efforts. We at the Stamford Police Department are firmly committed to the concept that we must work in concert with the community we serve in order to provide the most efficient service to our residents. The City of Stamford Police Department has a long proud history that includes many great achievements. One of the greatest achievements is that the City of Stamford has consistently ranked among the safest cities in the nation with a population greater than 100,000. In fact, Stamford has been ranked in or near the top ten for nearly a decade. This remarkable achievement is the result of collaborative efforts of many local agencies, however, the Police Department has led this effort with innovative and creative policing strategies. Although our City enjoys a high safety ranking, we at the Stamford Police Department continue to search for new and innovative ways to enhance our public safety mission. Towards this end we have implemented several initiatives designed to improve the quality of services that we provide our residents. Some of these initiatives are: a firm commitment to improve the quality of our equipment, a restructuring of our methods of investigation, and a revision in the philosophy in how we deliver these services to meet the challenges of today and the future. As these changes solidify, we will continue to strive to achieve our mission of improving the quality of life for our residents. As we do so, we will continue to be recognized as one of the very best Police Department’s in the nation. 10

Executive Officer The Executive Officer is second in command in the Department behind the Police Chief, and as such serves in the capacity as Police Chief in his absence. Assistant Chief Robert Nivakoff currently retains this position. The Executive Officer is responsible for all direct operational and administrative functions of the Department. This includes some essential functions as Patrol, Investigations, Narcotics and Organized Crime, Family Services, Bomb Squad, Critical Accident Response Unit and Homeland Security. The Executive Officer is also responsible for monitoring crime rates and trends. Under Chief Nivakoff’s supervision, Stamford has continued to rank amongst the top ten safest cities in the nation. As Executive Officer, Assistant Chief Nivakoff is instrumental in establishing new initiatives, cultivating new partnerships and developing innovative ways to better serve the public. The ability to engage the community in the public safety process has helped establish a number of vital collaborative initiatives that epitomize the concept of Community Policing that the Stamford Police Department embraces. As second in command, he is also a vital component of the Department’s command staff. Working closely with Police Chief Larrabee, Assistant Chief Bretthauer and other Unit commanders, the Command Staff has established Department policy, procedures and strategies. This entails frequent interaction with government and elected officials on the local, state and federal level, as well as the public. As such, the Executive Officer plays a vital role in determining the future course and direction of Department policy. Assistant Chief Nivakoff is committed to implementing policies that cultivate and enhance the Stamford Police Department’s ability to increase public safety for our residents.

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Assistant Chief- Administrative Division In 2007 Captain Susan Bretthauer was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief. This marked a milestone for not only Chief Bretthauer, but also for the Stamford Police Department. With this promotion, Chief Bretthauer became the first woman in the history of the Stamford Police Department to attain the rank of Assistant Chief. To have a woman in such a prominent executive role is rather rare in the law enforcement industry. In fact, according to the National Center for Women & Policing and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, nationwide, women comprise approximately only 3% of Assistant Chief positions. With this promotion, Chief Bretthauer was appointed to command the Administrative Division.

As commander of the Administrative Division, Chief Bretthauer assumes responsibility for all support services such as: Training and Career Development, the Emergency Communications Center (911), Records Retention, Office of Emergency Management, Headquarters Division, Fleet Maintenance, Information Technology, Firearms (Police Range), and Auxiliary Services which include the School Crossing Guards and Motorcycle Unit. This list represents virtually all the services that the Department provides less Patrol, Investigations and Youth Services. Because of the vast array of Units under her command, Chief Bretthauer must be proficient in all Department functions. In addition to these responsibilities, Chief Bretthauer also assumes a prominent role in the Department’s upper management command staff. In this capacity, she plays a vital role in establishing and implementing Department policy.

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Crimes Analysis Of the 254 cities nationwide with a population over 100,000 that reported crime statistics to the FBI for calendar year 2006, Stamford was ranked the 9th safest. This is the sixth consecutive year that Stamford ranked among the eleven safest cities in the nation. In fact, the actual number of crime incidents reported in Stamford has been consistently far less than similarly sized jurisdictions in the region. This has allowed Stamford to maintain a favorable crime rate when compared to other jurisdictions in the northeast region. In fact, Stamford was ranked 2nd in the region for calendar year 2006, a rank it has held 8 out of the last 10 years. Stamford also enjoys the status as the safest major city in the State of Connecticut. All of these accolades are the result of a truly collaborative effort by the Police Department, City government, community groups and the citizens of Stamford. The Police Department, however, has led this effort with innovative and creative policing strategies coupled with plain hard work. Being able to maintain this lofty status for such a long period of time is truly a remarkable achievement and a great source of pride for our city. In the mid 1990’s the crime picture in Stamford was not as bright. The city’s crime rate was relatively high, and the traditional reactive policing strategy of simply responding to calls for service offered little hope of reversing this trend. It became clear that a new philosophical approach to policing was needed. In 1995 this occurred when the Department adopted the principles and practices of Community Policing. This approach allows for a more proactive and collaborative effort with the community to address quality of life issues before they become criminal issues. The impact was immediate, but more importantly, the reduction in the crime rate has been sustained for many years. For example, the crime rate per 100,000 people in 1995 was 5,645. In 2006 this crime rate was 2,238, which represents an astonishing 60.3% decrease. The following charts and graphs illustrate the history of crime in Stamford during this time frame. This historical perspective puts the current status of crime in Stamford in its proper context.

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City of Stamford: Crime Rate Per 100,000, National & Regional Ranking 1995-2006 The following chart illustrates the history of crime in Stamford since 1995. It also compares the level of crime in Stamford to all other jurisdictions both regionally and nationally for the same time frame. All data is derived from official FBI statistics.

YEAR

CRIME RATE PER 100,000 5645 4620 4131 4064 3107 2666 2636 2036 2049 2197 2270 2238

NATIONAL RANKING 44 26 23 38 17 14 11 5 4 7 11 9

*N.E. REGION RANKING 5 3 2 5 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2

# CITIES THAT REPORTED DATA 201 201 204 213 210 221 231 235 237 244 252 254

1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

*Northeast Region

StamfordPoliceDeptResearchandAnalysisFBI95066/07

City of Stamford: Part 1 Crimes 1995- 2006

Part 1 Crimes 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 6051 4957 4422 4499 3446 3065 3086 2392 2439 2657 2736 2697

Part 1 Crimes 7000

6000

5000

4000

3000

2000

1000

0 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Part 1 Crimes consist of: Homicide, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Larceny and Motor Vehicle Theft

Data is derived from Crime in the United States, published by the FBI.
StamfordPoliceDeptResearchandAnalysisPart1Crimes95-06

*Stamford Crime Rate Per 100,000 (1995 vs 2006)
Total Crime **Serious Crime Property Crime 1995 5644.5 476.6 5167.9 2006 2239 327.9 1911.1 Diff. -3405.5 -148.7 -3256.8 %change -60.3% -31.2% -56.5% Serious Crime (1995 vs 2006)
600 500 400 300 200 100 0 1995 2006 1995 2006

**Serious C

Total Crime (1995 vs. 2006)
6000 5000 4000 3000 2000 1000 0

By Category: Offense Homicide Rape Robbery Assault Burglary Larceny MV Theft ***Total= 1995 3.7 13 215.5 244.4 872.2 3730.4 565.3 5644.5 2006 2.5 19.1 163.5 142.8 340.4 1407.2 163.5 2239 Diff. -1.2 6.1 -52 -101.6 -531.8 -2323.2 -401.8 -3405.5 %change -32.4% 46.9% -24.1% -41.6% -61.0% -62.3% -71.1% -60.3% Property Crime (1995 vs. 2006)
4000 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 50 0 Homicide Rape 1995 Robbery 2006 Assault 500 0 Burglary Larceny 1995 2006 MV Theft

Burglary Larceny MV Theft

Serious Crime (1995 vs. 2006)
300 250 200 150 100

*Populations used: 1995 = 107,199 and 2006 = 120,456 ** Serious Crime = Homicide, Rape, Robbery and Aggravated Assault. Property Crime = Burglary, Larceny and Motor Vehicle Theft ***Crime categories listed above are UCR index offenses(arson is not a UCR offense)

StamfordPoliceDeptResearchandAnalysisrateper100,00095vs06

Patrol- Uniform Captains Patrol Captains are ultimately responsible for the overall command and management of the Uniform Division. Presently there are two Patrol Captains that share this responsibility. Captain William Mullin, (photo left) who is responsible for supervising Districts 1 and 2, and Captain Brian McElligott (photo below) who supervises Districts 3 and 4. The major responsibilities of this position include: supervising the daily assignment and deployment of patrol resources, including manpower, as well as managing any major incidents or emergencies that may arise. The Patrol Captains are also responsible for overall management and supervision of any special events in Stamford such as: the Fourth of July Fireworks Display, The Alive of Concert Series, Thanksgiving Balloon Parade and several road races and charity walks. The Patrol Captains must work closely with their respective District Lieutenants to address not only concerns of the Department, but also the concerns of business owners and residents alike. Patrol Captains must be cognizant of crime trends and all circumstances unique to their areas of supervision. As such, they must closely monitor relevant crime statistics, coordinate and strengthen collaboration with various neighborhood, community and civic organizations, and maintain contact with a vast array of different governmental, private and social agencies. Both Captain Mullin and Captain McElligott have a wealth of experience in nearly every area in the Department. Each has been a Police Officer in Stamford for over 30 years. Besides Patrol both have worked in other areas of the Department such as: Narcotics, Investigations, Internal Affairs, Background and Hiring and Training.

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Patrol- District 1: West District 1 encompasses the Westside and Waterside areas of the city. It is mainly comprised of an ethnically and racially diverse population that includes the largest number of residents in public housing. It is, therefore, of paramount importance to families in this District to prevent their neighborhoods from falling prey to crime and disorder, and to provide a safe environment for their children. In order to address these very specific concerns of the District’s neighborhoods, patrol commander Lieutenant Gene Dohmann emphasizes a high degree of interaction with community organizations and residents. Some of the community organizations that he and his patrol staff regularly interact with are: the Fairfield Court and Vidal Court Tenants Associations, Friendship House-28 Perry Street and the Waterside Coalition. Lieutenant Dohmann has also developed a close relationship with the Stamford Housing Authority and the City of Stamford’s Department of Public Works to assist in addressing tenant concerns. In addition to patrolling the high crime areas in the District, the patrol unit must also patrol several well-used city parks, each with specific concerns. Some of these parks include: Scalzi Park, Mill River Park (which includes a new playground for children that has been a trememdous success), Hatch Field, Jackie Robinson Park, Southfield Park, Leone Park and Carwin Park. Also, patrol officers of the District routinely engage in activities that promote positive interaction between themselves and the youth of the District. An example of this involvement is the Mighty-Mites Basketball Program, administered in collaboration with the Yerwood and Chester Addison Centers. Lieutenant Dohmann is also involved in several organizations designed to increase economic investment and job creation for this area. He is a Board member of both the Enterprise Zone and the newly formed Westside Neighborhood Revitalization Zone. Both of these organizations are comprised of public, private and civic organizations that have formed a collaborative entity to improve the quality of life for Westside residents. As one can see, patrol officers in District 1 are extremely busy. Not only must they patrol the highest crime areas of the city, but must also partake in restorative collaborations designed to improve the social and economic quality of life for its residents.

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Patrol- District 2: Central District 2 encompasses the central section of the city which runs from the South End to Bulls Head including the downtown area. The City of Stamford has an extremely vital and thriving downtown area, both day and night. Downtown is home to many businesses, both large and small. It includes large corporations such as UBS, and will shortly house RBS as well. These corporations and businesses infuse a large number of people that come to Stamford downtown everyday to work. There are also many high-rise condominiums and apartment complexes, as well as several large commercial and retail centers and a highvolume train station that also draw large numbers of people. In addition, there are also many restaurants, nightclubs, bars and other entertainment facilities that draw high-volume crowds during the evening. Officers assigned to District 2, therefore, are responsible for providing police services to an extremely high number of people at all hours of the day. Lieutenant Nicholas Montagnese is the patrol commander of the District. He supervises five Sergeants and twenty-seven patrol officers, including officers assigned to downtown foot posts. As commander of District 2, Lieutenant Montagnese serves as the police liaison for a number of downtown activities. Some examples of these are: the Thanksgiving Balloon Parade, Alive @ Five Concert Series, Arts, Crafts and Blues Fair, Pops in the Park Symphony Concerts, Christmas Heights and Lights, Bennett Cancer walk, run, ride. He is also the police liaison for the South End Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Initiative. In addition to supervising regular patrol activities in the District, there are a number of other responsibilities that Lieutenant Montagnese performs. Some examples of these are: supervises the South End Mighty-Mites Basketball League with the Latham Center, supervises traffic enforcement details and special enforcement details such as “Click-It and Ticket Program” in the downtown area, serves as police liaison with bar owners to form partnerships designed to combat underage drinking, and supervises two senior public housing complexes in the District. Furthermore, Lieutenant Montagnese was instrumental in obtaining an ATV for the Police Department through the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Ranger Donation Program.

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Patrol- District 3: East District 3 encompasses the eastside of the city which includes the neighborhoods of Shippan, Cove, the East Main Street area, as well as parts of Glenbrook and Springdale. The demographics of this area have changed drastically over the last several years. This area has become far more ethnically diverse with a large infusion of Hispanic immigrates. In fact, one of the greatest challenges officers, and the city as a whole; face is the issue of the Day Laborers. Dozens of Hispanic immigrates wait in the vicinity of East Main Street everyday for employment. This has presented challenges for District officers to balance the needs of these workers with the needs of businesses and residents of the District. As such, the Police Department has worked in close collaboration with city agencies, business owners, resident associations and the Eastside Partnership to craft solutions to these challenges. In addition, the Department has applied for a grant to employ outreach workers to specifically address the needs of these Day Laborers. The Police Department will continue to play a vital role in the formation and implementation of these solutions well into the future. Lieutenant Timothy Shaw is the patrol commander of the District. The District is home to eclectic array of entities such as: three public, well-utilized beaches, several athletic fields and parks, a large public housing complex, many small businesses, an up-scale residential neighborhood and several blue-collar residential neighborhoods. Several large-scale events are held in the District such as: St. Mary’s Carnival, and the Fourth of July Fireworks Display. With the increase in diversity and sheer number of residents expected to continue into the future, the call volume in the District will also continue to substantially increase. Projects such as the East Main Revitalization will only hasten this increase. As a result, Lieutenant Shaw and District officers are sure to be busy providing these added residents with the appropriate level of policing services well into the future.

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Patrol- District 4: North Geographically speaking, District 4 is far and away the largest of the four patrol Districts. It encompasses the entire northern section of the city which includes the neighborhoods of Glenbrook, Belltown, Springdale, Westover, Roxbury, Bulls Head and High and Long Ridge. All of the other three Districts combined comprise only 1/3 of the area of District 4. Lieutenant James Matheny is the patrol commander of the District. Lieutenant Matheny has been successful at establishing close relationships with many of the neighborhood groups in the District such as: the Springdale Neighborhood Association and the North Stamford Association. Through this venue, he has been able to build solid relationships with many of the residents in the District. The District is home to 19 schools, several Fortune 500 Company headquarters, a large commercial district, several houses of worship of many different denominations, a reservoir and large tracts of residential neighborhoods. The District also has several large parks and tracts of open space that generate calls for service typically associated with these areas. The demographics of the southern portion of the District are beginning to morph from owner occupied homes to rental and multi-family type of dwellings. With this change, the types of calls for service, and therefore the policing services necessary to address these calls, are also beginning to change. Moreover, a large percentage of the cities major and fatal motor vehicle accidents occur in District 4 due in large part to the geography, types of roadways and sheer volume of traffic. As a result, the patrol unit must utilize much of their time handling traffic enforcement. Besides this, officers typically spend a large portion of their time solving individual and neighborhood complaints. Many of the patrol officers assigned to the District are the most senior in the Department. Their experience allows them to work more independently to handle complaints based on their experience and familiarity with many of the residents in the District. In fact, the relationship between residents and the patrol unit is extremely strong in the District. Because of this, Lieutenant Matheny was able to secure private donations from individuals and organizations to refurbish their substation and to equip both the substation and officer vehicles. It is a goal of the Police Department to continue to solidify the close relationship between itself and residents in the District in the year to come.

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Midnight Shift

When most of the cities residents are sleeping, the Police Department’s Midnight Shift is entrusted with providing all necessary policing services. Since no other specialty units are scheduled during this time frame, the Midnight Squad is responsible for everything that happens in the city during the overnight hours. This is indeed an enormous responsibility, and one in which the Midnight Shift handles extremely well. This includes patrolling the streets and neighborhoods, responding to calls for service, and to enforce any special issues that may have arisen in any of the four police district, or to address any ongoing community concerns. The Midnight Shift handles all types of calls including a large percentage of the most serious crimes like robberies, assaults, burglaries and motor vehicles thefts that often occur during their shift. Another major challenge for the Midnight Squad, particularly on weekends, is controlling the large often unruly bar crowds and the related disturbances that often accompany them. Since there are no specialty units working, officers on the Midnight Shift must develop a wide range of skills in order to deal effectively with all the issues they face. The Midnight Shift is commanded by Lieutenant Scott Duckworth and is comprised of approximately fifty personnel including Sergeants, Patrol Officers, and Civilian Personnel who work in Patrol, Headquarters, Jail or Communications. This Squad works a steady 11 P.M. to 7 A.M. schedule with rotating days off. Adjusting to the work hours is admittedly difficult, but many of the officers chose to do so because they get a real since of satisfaction from successfully solving many of the most difficult incidents and situations that the Department faces. Because of this, this Squad has developed an intimate camaraderie and sense of pride in their accomplishments. For this reason, despite the harsh hours, the Squad is usually comprised of officers who volunteer for the assignment.

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Patrol- Fourth Squad As the Patrol Division could attest, and Department statistics confirmed, much of the crime in the city was occurring during the late evening/early morning hours of the day. Out of the need to combat these crimes by supplementing manpower when it was precisely needed the most, the concept of creating a Fourth Squad was developed. As a result, the Fourth Squad is scheduled to work from 7 P.M. to 3 A.M. Unlike regular patrol squads that are assigned to particular geographical locations, the Fourth Squad covers the entire city. This allows for Squad Commander Lieutenant Timothy Shaw to deploy personnel where they are needed the most, a luxury regular patrol squads rarely possess. This has been instrumental in the Department’s ability to curb crime trends as they become apparent. Some examples of the investigations conducted by the Fourth Squad are: a two-week surveillance to a rash of car breakins downtown that culminated in the arrest of the perpetrator and an arrest of several suspects through surveillance of the Springdale neighborhood that was experiencing a problem with graffiti. Most of the officers in the Squad possess a vast array of experience in several different areas of the Department. This has allowed Lieutenant Shaw to utilize their expertise to address many different crime problems. A prime example of this would be the high number of narcotics arrests and seizures that the Squad has made. This is due, in large part, to the fact that several members of the Squad have experience working in the Narcotics Division. This Squad is also able to perform specific assignments in collaboration with specialty units such as: traffic or burglary details that allow the regular patrol divisions to concentrate on calls for service and not be tied up for lengthy periods of time. Another area in which the Squad has been extremely helpful is assisting the regular patrol divisions with the large, often unruly, bar crowds that congregate downtown after closing hours. The Fourth Squad has been instrumental in providing and supplementing necessary police services at typically busy hours.

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Homeland Security The Homeland Security Task Force’s primary responsibility is to defend and prepare the City of Stamford against all incidents of terror and foreign intelligence threats. This Task Force works in close collaboration with many federal, state, regional and local agencies in order to accomplish their mission. One of the most important of these collaborations is membership in the FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force. Through this partnership, many investigations of potential terrorist threats are investigated. The Task Force consists of six officers and is commanded by Sergeant Duncan Stewart. The Task Force is responsible for covering the entire city, however, special attention is directed towards the many critical infrastructures we have in the City of Stamford. Some examples of the most prominent critical infrastructures that the Task Force patrol routinely are: a high-volume train station with direct connection to New York City, a reservoir that provides some residents with drinking water, several prominent corporations and financial centers such as UBS and in concert with our Harbor Unit securing the waters and coastline. In fact, the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security have identified 21 critical infrastructures located within the City of Stamford. The Homeland Security Task Force, assisted by the Patrol Division, is responsible for protecting and monitoring current intelligence in regards to all of these structures. As the City of Stamford continues to grow with new corporations and ventures relocating to the city, the mission of the Homeland Security Task Force will be of even greater importance.

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Bomb Squad
The Stamford Police Department’s Bomb Squad was extraordinarily busy during 2007. In the past, the Squad responded to approximately 20 calls per year on average. During 2007, however, the Squad responded to 42 calls, more than twice the norm. The Squad’s primary focus is in the areas of Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) operations. The type of incidents that the Squad responded to were: suspicious package calls, bomb threats, military ordinance pickups and disposals, fireworks violations, security sweeps/VIP protection, post blast investigations, explosive training demonstrations, threat assessments, improvised explosive devices and involvement in developing public and private management responses to bomb threats. The increase in calls for service can also be attributed to an aggressive proactive collaboration with regional implications. For example, the Squad re-established its involvement with the Mutual Assistance Compact with other municipalities in southern Fairfield County. As a result, the Stamford Police Department’s Bomb Squad services were requested for assistance with EOD/WMD incidents in Norwalk, Bridgeport, New Canaan, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield and Weston. In addition, the Squad developed and implemented a new policy that established specific guidelines and procedures for dealing with suspicious package calls. The Squad has made a concerted effort to solidify partnerships with a variety of federal, state and local agencies, as well as the public, in order to increase communication and information sharing. The Squad is also responsible for coordinating and providing all EOD/WMD security sweeps for all special events. During 2007, several prominent events commanded much attention from the Squad. Some examples of these were: the JCC International Maccabi Games, the Thanksgiving Balloon Parade and the highly attended Alive at Five Concerts held during the summer. In addition, the Squad participated in two Homeland Security EOD/WMD Practical Exercises during the year. One was held at the train station and the other was held in Norwalk. Both of these exercises were conducted under the auspices of the FBI-CT. special Agent Bomb Technician, and involved several federal, state and local agencies. Furthermore, two vehicles equipped with EOD/WMD emergency response capabilities were obtained through a Federal Homeland Security Grant. Both vehicles have been utilized by the Bomb Squad to improve the efficiency of operations.

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Harbor Unit

The Harbor Unit is responsible for providing police services that cover approximately 20 square miles of water and approximately 17 square miles of coastline. The Harbor Unit is on the water approximately 36o days a year. The Unit is commanded by Sergeant Peter Wolff and consists of three officers. The Unit utilizes three patrol vessels as well as two patrol vehicles that are utilized to haul and maintain the boats, and for calls for service on shore. One of the vessels is equipped with radar, night vision and image stabilization binoculars that makes it capable of responding to calls for service in any weather at any time of the day or year. The Unit is also responsible for all routine maintenance of the vessels as well as any necessary electrical or mechanical repairs. The Unit is also responsible for removing snow from the docks and boats, as well as keeping the boats ice-free during the winter. The Harbor Unit has many duties including: search and rescue operations, enforcing laws pertinent to the water, assisting many other agencies, patrolling all the harbors and marinas as well as patrolling the Hurricane Barrier. In addition, the Unit has many responsibilities associated with Homeland Security issues and often work in concert with our Homeland Security Task Force. To date, the Harbor Unit has recovered 53 drowning victims from the waters off of Stamford. The Unit also routinely assists the Coast Guard with search activities in our waters. The Unit is responsible for enforcing laws pertaining to such items as: boating laws, traffic enforcement, fishing and game laws, environmental laws, safety inspections and boating accidents. The Unit also makes criminal arrests if the situation warrants. The Harbor Unit routinely assists other law enforcement agencies such as the: Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, Navy, Secret Service, State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Ct. State Police and neighboring Police Departments. The Unit also meets regularly with the Coast Guard and frequently collaborates in operations pertaining to Homeland Security. The Unit is responsible for patrolling the one major and three smaller harbors that contain fifteen marinas. Since Stamford Harbor is a commercial harbor, the Unit is responsible 28

for monitoring the large barges that utilize the Harbor to transport heating oil and gasoline. During summer weekends, the marinas are extremely busy. It is common for nearly 300 vessels to be operating during peak hours. Furthermore, during serious storms the Hurricane barrier is closed creating a “safe haven” for boaters. A large number of boats, including Coast Guard vessels, pack into the protected area. It is the Harbor Unit’s responsibility for the safe and orderly arrangement of these vessels, as well as providing a clear area around the barrier in order for necessary operations to be conducted. Moreover, Sergeant Wolff was instrumental in working with lawmakers to create legislation designed to establish a security zone around emergency vessels displaying the proper warning lights. He is also a member of the Stamford Harbor Commission and assisted in the creation of the Harbor Plan for the City of Stamford.

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Bureau of Criminal Investigations The Bureau of Criminal Investigations is comprised of the following units: Crimes Against Persons, Crimes Against Property, Narcotics and Organized Crime, Youth Services, Property, Identification and Court Liaison. The commander of the Unit is Captain Richard Conklin. Captain Conklin is responsible for supervising the daily operations of these units as well as determining the allocation of resources and the interaction of these units with other Divisions within the Stamford Police Department and with other law enforcement agencies. These units work on a regular basis with other local, state and federal agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Marshals Service, Secret Service and State Police. As commander of the Bureau, Captain Conklin is responsible for the formulation and implementation of strategic plans and operations designed to combat specific types of crimes. Some examples of operations conducted by the Bureau to combat specific crimes are: open air drug markets, underage drinking, prostitution, safe neighborhood housing violations and robbery team details. Many of these operations are in responds to community complaints, and crime intelligence information. One of the most successful operations conducted, named “Operation Clean Streets” resulted in the arrest of over 100 people, many of whom were responsible for much of the cities drug and crime problem. The Bureau Commander is also responsible for maintaining and managing both the federal and the state Asset Forfeiture Programs. Pertinent cases are reviewed for assets that can be seized such as: cash, bank accounts, vehicles and securities. When the case is completed, it is referred to the appropriate program best suited to seize the assets involved in the case. In addition, the Commander of the Bureau also manages two bank accounts utilized to pay informants and satisfy expenses incurred with certain investigations. Furthermore, the Commander of the Bureau also manages the pistol permit program, including the revocation of pistol permits in collaboration with the State Police. The Bureau of Criminal Investigations enjoys a comparatively high clearance rate of incidents, and is widely regarded as one of the most professional units in the region.

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Crimes Against Persons The Crimes Against Persons Unit (CAPERS) is responsible for investigating serious crimes committed against individuals, specifically homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults. The Unit is comprised of three squads, each consisting of three investigators who are commanded by a sergeant. In addition, two crimes scene technicians are part of the Unit. The Unit is commanded by Lieutenant John Forlivio. When a major crime is committed in Stamford, the CAPERS Unit follows the case from inception to closure. Specifically, this entails gathering and documenting evidence, interviewing all pertinent persons, and in collaboration with other agencies, follows through the arrest and court proceeding stages. The CAPERS Unit is extremely proud of the fact that their clearance rates are consistently higher, comparatively speaking, than the national average for similarly sized cities. In fact, over the duration of the nine-year existence of the Unit, the homicide clearance rate in Stamford is 93%. This is an extraordinarily high clearance rate, and far above the national average of 61% (according to FBI statistics). The Unit was especially busy with several high profile cases during the year. In two such incidents, a number of armed commercial robberies and several sexual attacks in the downtown area caused great concern to residents. In each instance, all perpetrators were apprehended and the flurry of crimes came to a halt. Nothing epitomizes the professionalism and efficiency of the CAPERS Unit more than a despicable sexual assault incident that occurred in a hotel-parking garage. In this incident investigators initially had very little evidence in with to work. A massive investigation was initiated and in a matter of three days the suspect was apprehended. Despite the speed of the capture, the quality of the investigation was such that the suspect chose a plea bargain rather than trial. This is one of many examples in which the CAPERS Unit removed violent criminals from the streets of Stamford.

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Crimes Against Property The Crimes Against Property Unit is an integral part of the Stamford Police Department’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations. The Unit’s personnel consist of a commander, Sergeant Peter diSpagna and seven police investigators, P.O. George Whalen, P.O. John Russell, P.O. Donald Walters, P.O. William Moore, P.O. Richard Pompa, P.O. Richard Vetter, and P.O. Heather Bozentko. The Unit investigates all crimes in which there is a loss of property, but where no violence or threat of violence is used. The Unit is responsible for investigating several types of crimes including: Identity Theft, Intellectual Property Right Violations, Bribery, Arson, Burglary, Counterfeiting, Contractor Fraud, Forgery, Embezzlement, Confidence Games, Credit Card & ATM Fraud, Welfare Fraud, Wire Fraud, Bad Checks, Larcenies, Motor Vehicle Theft, Traveling Crime Groups, City Corruption, Illegal Auto Repair Shops and Vandalism. Other responsibilities of the Crimes Against Property Unit include regulating Precious Metal Dealers, whose license must be renewed yearly and who by statute must submit a copy of all purchases they make of gold and silver from retail customers. The Unit compares these sales to stolen property itineraries reported in local burglaries and larcenies. The Unit also does the same with Pawn Shop Reports and Precious Metal Dealers Reports from Westchester County, Norwalk and Bridgeport. Moreover, the Crimes Against Property Unit regulates out of town merchants who enter into the City of Stamford and temporally conduct precious metal purchases at local hotels. The Crimes Against Property Unit also investigates Itinerant Vendors determining, through enforcement, if they possess valid local and state permits as well as sales and tax permits. The Unit is extremely busy having investigated a total of 302 cases that culminated in the issuance of 119 arrest warrants during the year. It is vital, therefore, that the Crimes Against Property Unit develops a strong network of alliances with many different organizations to assist in investigations. The Unit has active alliances with organizations such as; The Connecticut Intelligence Center, Jewelers Security Alliance, North American Bunco Investigators, Westchester Crime Analysis, National Equipment Register, National Insurance Crime Bureau, Connecticut Regional Auto Task Force, Fairfield County Detective Conference, National White Collar Crime Center and The New England State Police Information Network. In addition, members of the Crimes Against Property Unit frequently conduct Identity Theft, Scam Prevention and Safety talks to Community Groups, Senor Citizen Groups, Corporations and Financial Institutions. Also, three members of the Unit are Connecticut Certified Police Instructors who teach in The Stamford Police Academy and The Fairfield County Detective School.

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Narcotics And Organized Crime Unit The Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit strives to maintain a high visibility in drug traffic areas through consistent presence in the community and a timely response to citizen complaints, while at the same time remain active in large scale investigations. The Unit has been very successful at this posting a solid year of accomplishments. In fact, the NOC Unit, which consists of seventeen investigators, accounted for 1,220 arrests during the year. These arrests include a variety of charges such as: narcotic violations, warrant arrests, and on sight arrests such as larcenies, assaults, organized crime investigations, and liquor law violations. In addition to the inordinately high number of arrests made during the year, the members of the NOC Unit also made narcotic seizures in excess of $2,751,433.00. Furthermore, The Narcotic and Organized Crime Unit seized $293,369.00 cash money, sixteen automobiles, a residential house, as well as twenty-one handguns, six machine guns and several shotguns. Throughout this past year the NOC Unit has continued to implement very successful programs. One such program, The Meet and Greet Program, continues to be a valuable resource. By identifying and monitoring offenders returning from incarceration to the Stamford community, the Police Department maintains a readily accessible database. The familiarity with the individual supports the rehabilitative aspect as well as the enforcement component. This program encourages the collaboration between the Stamford Police Department, Parole, Probation, Courts, and Correction agencies. Another program, entitled “Operation Clean Streets”, has accounted for more than 100 arrests of persons identified as gang members who are responsible for much of the city’s violent crime. The Stamford Police Department’s Narcotic and Organized Crime Unit works regularly with various Federal, State, and Municipal agencies in sustaining a coordinated effort to suppress drug trafficking in the City of Stamford. In utilizing the capabilities of different agencies the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit has successfully investigated and prosecuted numerous individuals on the State and Federal levels. An officer of the Unit is assigned to the Drug Enforcement Agency-High Intensity Drug Task Force and this partnership has worked well for many Federal prosecutions and asset forfeitures. Additionally, officers from other municipal police departments within the state have been involved in many investigations including “Operation Clean Streets” with a significant degree of success. Investigators have established working relationships with personnel from several municipal police departments, the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency Customs, IRS, INS (Immigration and Naturalization) Parole, Probation, US Marshalls, Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, State Liquor Authority, and the court system. This degree of open communication and cooperation has been a vital component in keeping pressure on drug dealers in the Stamford community, and has undoubtedly had a positive impact on making Stamford one of the safest cities in the nation.

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Identification Bureau The Identification Bureau’s primary responsibility is to process evidence at crime scenes. The Unit is comprised of four Identification Officers, Cory Caserta, Brendetta Baines, Peter Altobelli and Edward Rondano who is the commander. Both officers have extensive training in crime scene examination, documentation and preservation, photography, videography, crime scene reconstruction, collection, identification and classification of fingerprints, autopsy documentation, blood, body fluids, DNA and chemical examination, and processing of evidence including footwear, tire impressions and tool marks. The Unit also conducts civilian fingerprinting and the processing of pistol and precious jewelry permits. The Unit frequently assists other Divisions within the Police Department as well as external agencies with request for photographic reprinting for investigative purposes. Some of the other duties of the Unit include: prepare evidence for and testify in court proceedings, conduct laboratory request for the State of Connecticut Forensic Laboratory, attend autopsies at the Office of the Connecticut State Medical Examiner, classification, identification and maintenance of all civilian fingerprinting cards and maintain the two Crime Scene Vehicles utilized by the Unit. In addition, Sergeant Rondano is a certified POST instructor and frequently conducts internal and external training in areas such as: crime scene processing, crime scene photography, arson investigations, suspicious death investigations, fingerprinting (computer, ink rolled and latent dusting) and weapons and permit laws.

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Evidence and Property

The Evidence and Property Unit is responsible for labeling and assigning evidence to a secure permanent location. Unit Officers are responsible for providing and maintaining the integrity of a chain of evidence that can be used in court proceedings. Upon written request, the evidence can be transported to Hartford, the State labatories in Meriden or directly to court. Officers must submit all associated paperwork that is then added to the case. Officers are also responsible for completing Early Return Court Forms for victims/owners upon request. Also, after court trials officers must pick-up court orders and comply with same in regards to evidence, i.e. destroy, return, award to state, turn over to court. Officers must maintain a log books that illustrates a complete chain of evidence for all items received. The Property and Evidence Room also is responsible for maintaining log books in regards to money and assets acquired through Drug Asset Forfeiture. Officers must comply with all court orders and are responsible for the entire process of getting these assets to the appropriate state offices. The Unit also is responsible for maintaining lost or found items. The items are secured in the property room and officers attempt to locate property owners. If no owners are found, items go to either the State of Connecticut Surplus or destroyed or donated. The Unit consists of one Sergeant, Charles Rondano, and one Officer, Terry Lauf. The Unit is open from 7 A.M. to 3 P.M. during weekdays. In their responsibilities the Unit has direct contact with several agencies such as; the State Toxicology Lab, the State Police Forensic Lab, Connecticut Surplus, Wheelbrator Environmental Systems, Chief’s State’s Attorneys Office, DMV and Adult and Juvenile Court. During the year 20062007, the Unit received cash of $221,302, AFH cash ordered seized of $79,945, sent 57 firearms to the State Police for destruction, secured 57 vehicles in the Police lot, and recorded 47 bikes through evidence or lost and found.

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Court Liaison Officer The Court Liaison Officer is responsible for preparing, monitoring and managing a vast array of documentation to facilitate procedures between the Police Department and the Court System, as well as other governmental and law enforcement agencies. This entails following cases through the criminal justice system and ensuring that all necessary documentation is available. This is a very demanding process since the Court Liaison Officer handles approximately 150 cases annually. The Court Liaison Officer also is responsible for facilitating requests for documentation between the Police Department and the Court system. This position is occupied by a single employee, Officer Michael Correnty. Once an arrest has been made, Officer Correnty is responsible for ensuring that all necessary paperwork is submitted for court proceedings. He must also ensure that the bond is accounted for and submitted to the Criminal Clerk’s Office. For all active cases, he prepares casework and conducts follow-ups with the State Attorney’s Office. The Court Liaison Officer also prepares all necessary extradition documentation for all suspects that are coming in or being sent from our jurisdiction. He also serves as a liaison with the State’s Extradition Office to monitor active cases. The Court Liaison Officer must also monitor and manage many different official documents such as: Search Warrants, Exparte Orders and Infraction Tickets. After a search warrant has been served, the Court Liaison Officer must return a list of seized assets to the court. All Search Warrants are then filed and maintained in a log by the Court Liaison Officer. All Exparte Orders are maintained in a log as well, and the Court Liaison Officer is responsible for preparing an annual report to the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office documenting such things as number of convictions, and the resulting disposition of infractions. Furthermore, the Court Liaison Officer monitors all Infraction Tickets and maintains them in a log for easy referencing. In addition, the Court Liaison Officer prepares all Probably Cause paperwork to be submitted to a judge for probable cause determination. This allows the Police Department to hold prisoners overnight in custody prior to arraignment proceedings the next morning.

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Youth Services Division In 2007, the Youth Services Division, commanded by Sergeant Joseph Kennedy, experienced a significant reorganization of personnel and priorities. One area where a significant change occurred was in the investigative responsibilities of the Division. Prior to last fiscal year, the Division was only responsible for investigating cases that involved juvenile on juvenile crime. Beginning last year, however, that responsibility was increased to include all cases that involved juveniles in any capacity. To accommodate this increased workload, the number of investigators in the Division increased from two to five. Another responsibility of the Division that was reorganized was the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program. Through a renewed commitment by the Department, SRO positions were opened to any officer who wished for the assignment. This brought a renewed vigor to the Program that was so well received that the Department was able to train 24 additional Police Officers who are now certified SRO’s. In addition, the Division implemented a Registered Sex Offender Home Visitation Program, and had an SRO become certified as a Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Officer. In addition to the above examples, the Division implemented two new initiatives during the year. The first was the establishment of an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This Task Force is responsible for investigating the sexual exploitation of children by Internet predators. In a short period of time, this Task Force has achieved many successes and received statewide recognition by affiliating with the Connecticut Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. The Task Force has investigated 11 undercover Internet cases that resulted in 7 arrests, 6 child pornography cases that resulted in 5 arrests (with one outstanding warrant) and a child abduction case where the victim was rescued. A second initiative that was implemented established a Truancy/ At-Risk Intervention Program. This Program is designed to deter at-risk youths who have demonstrated a propensity for unacceptable behavior such as: high levels of school truancy, running away, shoplifting or gang affiliation. A Division Investigator has been dedicated to the Program to serve as a Truancy Officer. This Officer will identify at-risk youths and through a series of home visits develop a rapport with the child and his or her family. The Truancy officer, in collaboration with members of other Units in the Police Department, will evaluate the case and refer the teen/family to the appropriate outreach services. Through this program referrals have been made to agencies such as: The Dubois Center, The Child Guidance Center, Family Centers, Tutoring Programs, Urban League, CTE, Glenbrook Community Center, Stamford Theater Workshop, Boys & Girls Club, Big Brother/Big Sister of Southwestern CT. and even employment placement services. The Truancy Officer also serves as a liaison to the Juvenile Review Board. The Department recently received a federal grant that will enhance the efforts of this Program, as well as provide the Division with a Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device. 37

Domestic Violence Unit The Domestic Violence Unit, commanded by Lieutenant Elizabeth Erickson, is responsible for conducting complete investigations into all incidents of Domestic Violence in the City of Stamford. In 2007 the Unit was extremely busy investigating 945 incidents of Domestic Violence that resulted in 538 arrests. The Unit enjoys a close working relationship with the Stamford Superior Court’s dedicated Domestic Violence Docket. The goal of this dedicated docket is to ensure offender accountability and to assist victims in obtaining needed services such as: protective or restraining orders, counseling, or other outreach programs. During the year there were 136 Ex-Parte Restraining Orders and 560 Protective Orders issued related to incidents of Domestic Violence. Members of the Unit meet regularly with prosecutors, attend docket review meetings, and attend court during the Domestic Violence Docket. Members of the Unit also enjoy a close collaboration with the Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC), the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, and the Department of Children and Families (DCF). In fact, the Unit and DVCC are partners in a $300,000 federal grant that has recently been extended with an additional $400,000 award to enhance efforts at reducing the incidence and severity of Domestic Violence including the hiring of a full-time Domestic Violence Advocate for the Police Department. An integral component of the collaboration with DVCC is the Home Visitation Program. Members of both Units conduct home visits together where incidents of Domestic Violence occurred. In 2007, 220 home visits were made. Of these 220 home visits, children were present in 90 (41%). These cases were referred to the Child Guidance Center for outreach and counseling. In addition, the Unit made 252 case referrals to the Child Guidance Center during the fiscal year. When Unit members suspect child abuse or neglect, these cases get referred to DCF. The Unit made 168 case referrals to DCF during the year. Also in 2007, Lieutenant Erickson updated and improved the training curriculum given to Police Officers. She implemented a team approach where herself, a Domestic Violence Prosecutor, a Victim’s Advocate, a DVCC Counselor, a member of DCF, and when available a victim, all address the officers to educate them on all aspects of Domestic Violence. This training takes the Officers from inception of the act straight through to the conclusion of court proceedings. In 2007, 72 Police Officers received this training. Another area of training that has been enhanced is in the proper use of collection of digital photographic evidence at Domestic Violence crime scenes. Photographic evidence of victim injuries and damage taken from the crime scene has inextricably strengthened prosecutor’s cases and increased offender accountability. In fact, this has been so successful that a program has been implemented to equip all vehicles of patrol supervisors with digital cameras to increase the collection of digital evidence for Domestic Violence cases. It is a major priority of the Unit to expand the use of digital photographic evidence at Domestic Violence crime scenes. 38

Juvenile Review Board The Juvenile Review Board (JRB) is a program designed to provide an alternative to juvenile court for juveniles who have committed minor criminal violations or a child from a family with service needs in Stamford. The JRB is composed of representatives of local youth service agencies, the Police Department, and the juvenile court. The goal of the JRB is to provide diversions for participating juveniles by utilizing community programs, social services, and other resources that will effectively deal with the criminal incident, as well as assist in positive development and encourage responsible behavior. The JRB is committed to helping youth in Stamford by utilizing all available community resources. The Director of the Juvenile Review Board is responsible for providing guidance to the juveniles and their families. Ms. Lindsey Waggaman is currently the Director, and she manages the Program from Police Headquarters. Upon admission into the program, she conducts an intake with each juvenile and his or her family, coordinates hearing dates, updates the JRB on family history, and gathers youth academic records along with other pertinent information. The Director is also responsible for monitoring the youth while they are committed to the program, which includes on-going case management and appropriate outreach referrals. It is hoped that once the JRB becomes institutionalized in Stamford, it will have a large impact in reducing the rate of recidivism in youthful offenders.

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Communications The Stamford Emergency Communications Center, commonly referred to as 9-1-1, serves as the initial point of contact for every call for emergency service in the City of Stamford. In addition, this Unit serves as the point of contact for all non-emergency police calls, and is responsible for dispatching police officers to calls for service. The Unit is commanded by Police Captain Gregory Tomlin, and staffed by a fire captain, four fire lieutenants, four and a half police sergeants and 34 public safety dispatchers and telecommunicators. The Communications Center averages more than 5,000 9-1-1 calls and approximately three times that amount of “routine” calls monthly. The Communications Center services all of the police, fire and medical calls for the City of Stamford. It services the Police Department, the Stamford Fire and Rescue, Glenbrook, Belltown, Springdale, Turn of River and Long Ridge Volunteer Fire Departments and the Stamford Emergency Medical Service.

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Office of Emergency Management The Office of Emergency Management is an informational and public safety resource for the City of Stamford in emergency situations such as: floods, power failures, heat waves and evacuations. The office serves as a liaison between the Mayor and city government agencies during public emergencies. Captain Thomas Lombardo currently serves as the Director of the Emergency Management Office. As Director of the Emergency Management Office he is responsible for coordinating activities with various agencies such as: Public Safety Departments, Volunteer Fire Departments, Utility Companies, Transportation Agencies, surrounding municipalities, and various regional, state and federal agencies that comprise the local public safety network. The City of Stamford is part of the Southwestern Local Emergency Planning Committee along with Darien, Greenwich and New Canaan. The LPEC primary task is to handle chemical emergencies and disseminate information to the public. This inter-municipality collaboration has allowed Stamford to not only build solid partnerships, but also to participate in a meaningful way in regional activities. In fact, Captain Lombardo has served as the Chairperson of LPEC for the past several years. During 2007, OEM emphasized improvements in several different areas of emergency preparedness. One such area was the completion of an entirely new emergency operations plan. The new plan was updated to reflect a greater emphasis on terrorist activities. The Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security approved this plan. Another area of emphasis was to strengthen collaboration with other regional municipalities. Towards this end, Captain Lombardo is a member of several Regional Emergency Support Function Committees including mass care and Transportation and Communications. Because of this involvement, Stamford played a major role in a fullscale disaster drill held in the region. OEM also was involved in the development and implementation of a new school emergency plan with the Board of Education and private sources. In addition to these responsibilities Captain Lombardo also serves as Alarm Administrator for the City, and has participated in several public presentations concerning issues of Emergency Management and Preparedness.

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Captain of Administration The Captain of Administration supervises many different divisions within the Administrative sections of the Police Department. The current Captain of Administration is Captain Thomas Wuennemann. Captain Wuennemann supervises the Records Division, Information Technology and Headquarters Division. In addition, he has many other responsibilities such as: developing a new website for the Department, serving as the Department’s Freedom of Information Officer, serving as the final level of financial authorization for all Department purchases and serving as the Department’s liaison for the purchase and installation of the new Motorola radio system. In 2007, Captain Wuennemann composed and implemented a new Departmental Injured On Duty Policy. This was an enormous and extremely important task since the old policy lacked cohesiveness. This new policy clearly defines the entire IOD process, and has made it far more efficient and effective. Captain Wuennemann also is responsible for ensuring that Officers receive necessary treatment in a time fashion.

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Budget and Purchasing

Budgeting and Purchasing is an integral part of the Support Services section of the Department’s Administrative Division. This area is commanded by the Budget and Purchasing Agent for the Department, Lieutenant William Watrous. Although Support Services encompasses a variety of duties, the Budget and Purchasing Agent’s main responsibility is to prepare and administer the Police Department’s budget. This encompasses working closely with the Office of Policy and Management to determine costs for the coming fiscal year, as well as monitoring the status of the current budget. Through a monthly report, O.P.M. and the Board of Finance are kept abreast of the state of the budget. As part of the fiscal process, competitive bids are prepared to ensure adherence to the City Ordinance regarding the purchasing of goods and services. A large part of the budget involves payroll cost. The Budget and Purchasing Agent is responsible for monitoring the payroll of both sworn officers and civilian members of the Department. It is vital that he ensure that all City policies and contracts are followed so employees will receive their appropriate remuneration. Another area that the Budget and Purchasing Agent is responsible for is to prepare reports on the expenditures of Capital Projects. Other duties of the Budget and Purchasing Agent include supervising the abandoned vehicle program which entails working with various companies that tow vehicles at the City’s request. In addition, the Budget and Purchasing Agent is responsible for supervising the Police Garage, which includes procuring and maintaining the entire fleet.

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Headquarters Division

The Headquarters Division is responsible for all activities involving the Front Desk and the Jail area. The Headquarters Division is also responsible for the security of the Police building as well as maintenance of the police building grounds. The overall head of the Division is the Assistant Chief of Administrative Services Susan Bretthauer, but the daily operations of the Division is managed by Lieutenant Sean Cooney who supervises the six Sergeants, nine Police Officers and four civilian clerk matrons/police aides assigned to the Division. Some recent improvements in this area during the year include; new surveillance video cameras and prisoner suicide screening that have prevented any successful suicide attempts, installation and training of jail personnel with tasers to assist in dealing with combative prisoners, each jail cell has been outfitted with its own tamper resistant phone which has reduced officer injury, civilian complaints and produced modest revenue for the city, a new vendor for prisoner meals and the reinstitution of reimbursement from the State of Connecticut for prisoner meal expenses, and the development and implementation of a parking plan for all police vehicles on site.

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Public Information Officer

The Public Information Officer serves as the spokesperson for the Department and Chief Larrabee, and represents the entire Stamford Police Department when dealing with the media and the public. The main goal of the PIO is to improve public relations between the Department, the media and the public. Currently the Public Information Officer is Lieutenant Sean Cooney, a position he has held since December 2005. Lieutenant Cooney is the Department’s contact point with local and regional media sources. He is responsible for conducting press releases and press conferences, and corresponds daily with local media concerning issues pertinent to the Police Department. Lieutenant Cooney appears regularly on local television and radio, and often provides interviews for local printed publications. He is also responsible for managing requests for information from other agencies and the general public. An important responsibility of the Public Information Officer is to provide to the media, and therefore to the public, the Police Department’s viewpoint on critical issues and to prevent misinformation from circulating. In order to successfully achieve this, the PIO must develop a strong trusting relationship with media sources, which Lieutenant Cooney has been able to do. As a result, the citizens of Stamford have a much greater understanding of what the Department is doing to assist them. Also, Lieutenant Cooney was instrumental in implementing the Officer of the Month Program where the Stamford Advocate writes a feature story on officers selected monthly for their outstanding work.

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Information Technology During 2007 a major emphasis was placed on improving the technological capabilities of the Department. This task provided a challenge to Unit commander Sergeant John Scalise to move the Department into the realm of cutting edge law enforcement technology. The fruits of this labor resulted in enormous strides in not only the overall technological capabilities of the Department, but also in the technological versatility of the officers in the field. Some prime examples of this versatility are: our undercover Narcotics Officers are now able to utilize hand-held computers to access pertinent information and (49) of our police vehicles are equipped with mobile computers. These computers are fully equipped with Geographic Information Systems allowing Officers to map their route to calls, and even access arial photograph. These systems also allow officers to “chat” with other officers in similarly equipped vehicles. This technology has not only vastly improved our services, but has also improved officer and civilian safety. Many other technological improvements were also realized during the year. Some of these are: an upgrade of our entire Records Management System, a universal upgrade of every work station in police headquarters, the implementation of a direct attached storage system capable of expanding as the needs of the Department continue to grow, a new updated server, improvements in the Computer Aided Dispatch to Records Management System connection so that no calls are dropped and working in collaboration with the City of Stamford IT Department the creation of a completely new and updated Department website. All of these accomplishments were realized while the Unit still had to “triage” all employee computer problems. It was undoubtedly a year of marked progress and achievement by the IT Department.

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Records Division The Records Division, currently supervised by Sergeant Russell Gladwin, is responsible for many different functions involving Records Management. There are currently eight sworn and five civilian employees assigned to the Division. These functions include: entering incident and accident reports into the Records Management System, complying with all Freedom of Information request, processing all raffle, bazaar and bingo applications and processing and sending all tow letters to citizens. In addition, the Records Division is responsible for processing a plethora of application permits for things such as: liquor permits, building permits, film production permits, massage parlor permits and any special event permits, such as the national known Balloon Parade. The Records Division also updates and maintains all criminal and disposition cards to include court decisions in all case files.

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Stamford Police Academy Training and Career Development The Stamford Police Department’s Training Division achieved several goals during the year. One of the goals that the Division, commanded by Lieutenant Philip Mazzucco, successfully achieved was the graduation of a recruit class of 15 officers, which included a 12-week Field Training Officer Program. All members of the Division worked extremely hard to ensure that the Academy ran smoothly. The Division is currently concentrating on devising a re-certification schedule for 138 officers. In order to accomplish this enormous task, the Division will be operating two concurrent training sessions. This system will ensure a timely and cost effective manner to re-certify all officers. Another major goal achieved during the year was the establishment of a computer lab at the training facility. This lab was established at no cost to the City, since it was established entirely through grant funding. Because of this lab, the Training Division is capable to train up to 18 officers or recruits in the Records Management System simultaneously. We will also be able to utilize this lab as a training site in the near future when the State of Connecticut changes the NCIC System. In fact, besides the Connecticut Police Academy and POSTC, no other computer lab of its size exists in the State of Connecticut. Our Training Academy, whose physical structure was donated by the Anteras Corporation, is thoroughly respected throughout the state. We often receive request from other Department’s to send their recruits to us. Furthermore, our police and civilian instructors are widely considered to be among the best in the state. In the coming year, the Training Division will continue to provide excellent training to our officers.

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Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad The primary responsibility of the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad (CARS) is to investigate motor vehicle collisions that result in a fatality or are of such severity that it may result in a fatality. There are currently 11 members of the Squad including its commander Sergeant Andrew Gallagher. All of the officers assigned to the Squad possess advanced training and experience in the investigation of motor vehicle collisions to varying degrees. Some of the higher trained officers have over 300 hours of classroom and practical experience. Some officers are also trained in specialty fields such as: Pedestrian Collision Investigation, Commercial Vehicle Investigation, Motorcycle Collision Investigation and Collision Photography. Four members of the Squad, including Sergeant Gallagher, have attained the highest level of training, and are certified as Reconstructionist. Three other members have attained training to the advanced level, and the remaining four officers are trained to the At-Scene Level. Several of the officers also instructor recruits and in-service officers at the Stamford Police Academy. Some course areas in which they instruct include: Crash Investigation, Motor Vehicle Law and DUI Laws and Enforcement. In addition, officers frequently are involved in other functions such as: providing DUI, speed and commercial motor vehicle enforcement. The Squad also assists in conducting several checkpoints throughout the year. Some examples of these checkpoints include: “Click it or Ticket” seatbelt enforcement and periodic DUI checkpoints. These checkpoints have resulted in the discovery of hundreds of violations with multiple arrests for DUI and other motor vehicle violations. They have also resulted in many criminal offenses including: weapons and narcotic possession and outstanding warrants. The Squad typically investigates approximately 10-20 cases per year. During 2007 the Squad conducted 11 investigations with 3 fatalities as opposed to 17 investigations with 6 fatalities the previous year. The number of fatal crashes that were alcohol related as dropped each of the 3 previous years to a low of 1 in 2006. The increased enforcement and public awareness by the Squad undoubtedly played a role in this decrease.

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Bureau of Auxiliary Services The Stamford Police Department’s Bureau of Auxiliary Services consists of two separate Divisions. The first Division is the School Crossing Guard program and the second Division is Central Hiring. The Bureau of Auxiliary Services comes under the Supervision of Sergeant F. Ryan Devanney Jr. Other members of the unit are Officers Alan Chernak, Mark Vitti, and Paul Pavia as well as two civilian members Police Aide Archie Blake and Office Support Specialist Paula Weeks. The School Crossing Guard Division is responsible for the hiring, training, and staffing of the School Crossing Guards for the City of Stamford. There are currently 78 posts that are covered every day school is in session. The School Crossing Guard program currently has 104 Guards. This leaves 26 guards assigned to Stand-By status. All applicants are checked thoroughly prior to employment and are subject to a short interview. The current pay scale is a per diem rate of $46.67 per day. The usual hours are 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM each school day. The Central Hiring Division handles the hiring for all overtime and special assignments within the Stamford Police Department. This Division is responsible for determining the necessary manpower for any City of Stamford major event or incident where police coverage is needed. The Central Hiring Division is also responsible for scheduling, assignment, and billing when officers are hired for extra duty. The staff also meets regularly with community groups that are holding large events to assist them with planning and staffing to ensure a safe event. Anyone wishing to hire an officer can contact our office at 203.977.4425.

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Motorcycle Unit The Stamford Police Department’s Motorcycle Unit consists of 11 members and is supervised by Sergeant Ryan Devanney. The Unit has three recently purchased 2007 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Motorcycles that replaced the 2003 Harley Davidson Road King models. The Unit is responsible for traffic enforcement that includes things such as: laser-equipped radar, traffic light and stop sign violations, and most importantly, school bus violations designed to protect our children. The Unit also responds to calls for service from the community. The Unit is called upon for funeral escorts, fireworks detail, carnivals and various road races held in our city. For an officer to be assigned to the Motorcycle Unit they must possess a valid motorcycle license and pass an intensive police training class that requires each officer to master skills such as negotiating many different obstacles, braking maneuvers, curve negotiation and pair riding for formations. It is a goal of the Unit to send an officer to Instructor School so the members can benefit from year round training to maintain and improve their skills. The Stamford Police Department is in the process of enhancing and expanding our Motorcycle Unit. We are attempting to purchase additional motorcycles along with necessary equipment for the officers. Some of the needed equipment include: leather coats for in climate weather and “Sam Browne” gun belts and shoulder straps, which is used in conjunction with the motorcycle officers’ leather coat. The members of the Motorcycle Unit are extremely proud of their accomplishments and with these additions, are certain that the Unit will continue to thrive well into the future.

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Stamford Animal Care and Control Shelter The Stamford Animal Care and Control Center is responsible for all calls for service involving animals. The Staff, managed by Laurie Hollywood, consists of 5 full-time and 1 part-time employee, as well as several volunteers. One of the main responsibilities of the shelter’s staff is to respond to and investigate resident complaints involving animals. During 2007 the staff responded to 1,769 such calls a slight reduction from the 1,844 calls the previous year. Also, the shelter’s staff is responsible for rescuing roaming or lost pets and returning them to their rightful owners. During the year, 199 owners were reunited with their pets in this fashion. This represents a significant increase from the 148 pets that were returned the prior year. Furthermore, the staff of the shelter places an enormous emphasis on increasing pet adoption rates. The statistics bear this out; in 2006 (452), and in 2007 (455) animals were placed in new homes. These high adoption rates undoubtedly illustrate that the strong emphasis the staff places on adoptions have had a large impact. Other services provided by the Animal Care and Control Shelter includes: providing helpful information to pet owners as well as providing free dog-training classes.

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