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MINUTES
DARIEN POLICE COMMISSION
SPECIAL MEETING
MARCH 21, 2012

 1.         CALL TO ORDER

The 2,242nd meeting of the Darien Police Commission was held on the above mentioned date at Police Headquarters.  Commissioner Johnson, Commissioner Santarella, Chief Lovello, Lt. Anderson and Jan Lesko (Commission Secretary) were in attendance.  Channel 79 was also present, filming the meeting.  Commissioner Harrel monitored the meeting via telephone but did not introduce or vote on any motion.  The meeting was called to order at 5:00 PM.

2.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Commissioner Santarella motioned to approve the minutes of the Special Executive Session meeting held on February 8, 2012, seconded by Commissioner Johnson.  All were in favor. The time was 5:02 PM.

Commissioner Santarella motioned to approve the minutes of the special meeting held on February 8, 2012, seconded by Commissioner Johnson.  All were in favor. The time was 5:04 PM.

3.         CORRESPONDENCE

Two letters from private citizens were reviewed.  The Commission recognized the actions of Officer Delvecchio who assisted a pedestrian on February 10th.  The Commission also recognized the actions of Sgt. Isaac and Sgt. Marron during an incident which occurred on January 28th.

4.         DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY

Accreditation On-Site Assessment

The on-site accreditation assessment took place on Thursday, March 15th with 4 assessors present.  The Department did exceedingly well and we should receive final approval within a few months.  The assessors noted that Lt. Osborne, Sgt. Isaac and Officer Gelineau did an outstanding job and this Department should be used as a model for other agencies to follow.

Niederhoffer Award

Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, who is currently attending John Jay College in New York, was recently awarded the prestigious Niederhoffer Award for Academic Excellence.

First Line Supervisor Training

Sgt. Mark Cirillo recently completed the two-week First Line Supervisor training course at Roger Williams University.  This training is fully funded by funds received in the False Alarm account.  Newly promoted Lt. Duignan and Sgt. Moore will need to attend this training in the future.

DWI Training

Officer Scott Macniven recently completed a one-week DWI training course.

TeleStaff

TeleStaff, the Department’s new scheduling software program, is moving along nicely.  TeleStaff personnel will be at the Department in mid April and shortly thereafter we are scheduled to go live with the program.

IFR Concept

Sgt. Johnson has raised the concept of IFR (Investigative First Responder) within the Darien Police Department.  A select group of officers would receive investigative training, thus bringing more expertise into the field.  Four officers will be sent to the two-week Fairfield County Detective School for training.

Scam Awareness Program

Sgt. Isaac would like to start a Scam Awareness program which would be coordinated through the Senior Center.  She has reached out to Beth Paris who is fully supportive.

Legislative Update from Hartford

Racial Profiling – The data collection aspect is putting an additional load on officers who must complete an updated form.  The Darien Police Department has been consistent in submitting the required data in a timely fashion.

Domestic Violence – Officers may need additional training beyond what they currently have now.

License Plate Readers (LPR) – There is concern regarding the retention limit and time limitations.

Recording of Police Officers – Citizens now have the right to record police officers performing their duties.

Development of Individual Mission Statements

At the staff meeting conducted last week, it was resolved that the Department needs to have a mission statement for each unit in the Department.

Building Project Update

Commissioner Johnson advised that the Police Department building project is progressing well and is only a few weeks behind schedule.  It is currently within budget and it is anticipated that funds will be going back to the Town’s Contingency Fund.  The bonding of the project (and other projects) came back at historically low levels.  We are expecting a Certificate of Occupancy by the end of June.  There is some delay on the shooting range but that will not affect the operations of the Department.

Other Activity

There were no noteworthy arrests or incidents since the last Commission meeting.

5.         OLD BUSINESS

Budget Review

The budget review with the Board of Finance took place on March 15th.  No major obstacles were encountered.  The Board of Finance will discuss the Police Department budget next week.

The Darien Police Association and the Town agreed upon a 4-year contract which now goes before the Board of Selectmen and RTM for approval.

School Resource Officer

An email was sent out by Captain Pavia to identify all officers interested in the position of School Resource Officer.  It is our goal to have a School Resource Officer in place by the start of the upcoming school year.

6.         NEW BUSINESS

Request from False Alarm Account

Chief Lovello requested $1,500 from the False Alarm account funds to complete the purchase of four new Speed Sentrys.  The two existing Speed Sentrys are being traded in and $20,500 was received from the Darien Technology Foundation.  The Speed Sentrys not only display speed but also record traffic data.  Commissioner Johnson motioned to approve the use of $1,500 from the False Alarm account to complete the purchase of four Speed Sentrys, seconded by Commissioner Santarella.  All were in favor.  The time was 5:30 PM.

7.         ADJOURNMENT

There being no other business to be considered, Commissioner Johnson motioned to adjourn, seconded by Commissioner Santarella.   All were in favor.  The time was 5:32 PM.

Jan Lesko, Recording Secretary