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MINUTES

DARIEN POLICE COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING

APRIL 16, 2014

 

 

 

1.         CALL TO ORDER

 

The 2,276th meeting of the Darien Police Commission was held on the above mentioned date at Police Headquarters.  Commissioner Johnson, Commissioner Joyce, Chief Lovello, Officer T. Courtney Isaac, Janice Marzano (Program Director of The Depot) and Jan Lesko (Commission Secretary) were in attendance.  The meeting was called to order at 4:00 PM. 

 

2.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Commissioner Joyce motioned to approve the minutes of the 2,275th meeting held on March 19, 2014, seconded by Commissioner Johnson.  All were in favor.  The time was 4:02 PM. 

 

3.         CORRESPONDENCE

 

The Commission reviewed a letter received from New Canaan Police Department commending the services of Officer Beth DiIorio for her assistance with a child safety seat installation.

 

4.         DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY

 

A young child claimed to be approached by a blue van on Crane Road.  The Detective Bureau is investigating a threatening note that was found at Town Hall.  A missing female from Town has been located.  Mailboxes were damaged on Abbey Road and Edmonton Street.  One of the suspects in the David Harvey Jewelers burglary has been identified.  There were five motor vehicle burglaries at the YMCA.  Several narcotics arrests were made this past week.  There is a definite rise in the use of heroin in Darien.

 

5.         OLD BUSINESS

 

Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2014/2015

 

Chief Lovello advised that he met with the Board of Finance and they are restoring funding for one civilian dispatcher which the Board of Selectmen had cut from the budget proposal.  Discussions started today with the Darien Police Association.  There is an 8-week civilian dispatcher training program starting August 11th at State Police headquarters.

 

6.         NEW BUSINESS

 

Cops and Kids Adventure Program

 

A presentation was given by Janice Marzano, Program Director of The Depot, and Officer T. Courtney Isaac, Department Liaison for the Cops and Kids Adventure Program.  Janice Marzano emphasized how police, parents and kids have grown closer since the program’s inception.  There is a waiting list for CSI (the Police Academy) and the Straight Talk meetings have been filled.  There is a waiting list for Cops and Kids which is comprised of middle school students.

 

Officer Isaac reported that for the past three years Darien received a State grant which provided the funding for the Cops and Kids Adventure Program.  The program has built self-esteem in the      

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participating youths and they have conducted a number of community projects including food drives for the needy and distribution of CO2 and smoke detectors.  Bridges built between cops and kids will have a lasting positive effect.  The current program ends in May.  We are no longer eligible for the State grant as there is a 3-year maximum for funding.  In order for the program to continue in September, funding in the amount of $10,000 must be acquired by the beginning of September.  Commissioner Johnson is optimistic that funding can be found by that time which would enable the program to continue.

 

Chamber of Commerce Sidewalk Sale Days

 

A letter from the Darien Chamber of Commerce regarding Sidewalk Sales & Family Fun Days was reviewed.  This event will be held on July 10, 11 and 12, 2014.  They requested a waiver of all parking restrictions during these three days and to close Grove Street to vehicular traffic on Saturday, July 12th.  Chief Lovello advised that parking enforcement can be lenient to a point but not where fire lanes, handicapped spaces and safety issues are concerned.  Commissioner Johnson motioned to approve the closure of Grove Street on Saturday, July 12, 2014 to vehicular traffic, seconded by Commissioner Joyce.  All were in favor.  The time was 4:45 PM.

 

False Alarm Account

 

One of the undercover vehicles used by the Detective Bureau for undercover investigations was recently put out of service and disposed of due to its age and mechanical failures.  The Detective Bureau is now in need of a replacement unmarked vehicle to be used for undercover investigations.  There is approximately $7,000 available in the Asset Forfeiture account.  A suitable vehicle has been found which would require an additional $4,500 to complete the purchase.  Commissioner Johnson motioned to approve the use of $4,500 from the False Alarm account to be used towards the purchase of an undercover vehicle, seconded by Commissioner Joyce.  All were in favor.  The time was 4:55 PM.

 

Request for Secondary Employment – Off. James Palmieri

 

School Resource Officer James Palmieri requested permission to serve as a trainer for the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee between June 16 and June 27 in Memphis, Tennessee.  The purpose is to train Effective School Staff Interactions with Students and Police to principals and school resource officers.  Officer Palmieri would use his personal time to go to Memphis.  Commissioner Joyce motioned to approve Officer Palmieri’s request to serve as a JJAC trainer in June 2014, seconded by Commissioner Johnson.  All were in favor.  The time was 5:00 PM.

 

8.         ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no other business to be considered, Commissioner Joyce motioned to adjourn, seconded by Commissioner Johnson.   All were in favor.  The time was 5:02 PM.

 

 

 

 

Jan Lesko, Commission Secretary

 

 

Meetings

 

The next regular meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM.