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MINUTES

DARIEN POLICE COMMISSION

SPECIAL MEETING

SEPTEMBER 26, 2012

1.         CALL TO ORDER

The 2,250th meeting of the Darien Police Commission was held on the above mentioned date at Police Headquarters.  Commissioner Johnson, Commissioner Harrel, Commissioner Santarella, Chief Lovello, and Jan Lesko (Commission Secretary) were in attendance.  Also in attendance were Janice Marzano and Jennifer Montanaro, both from The Depot. The meeting was called to order at 5:00 PM.

2.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Commissioner Santarella motioned to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held on September 5, 2012, seconded by Commissioner Harrel.  All were in favor. The time was 5:05 PM.

3.         CORRESPONDENCE

There was no correspondence to review.

4.         DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY

ERT training is taking place here at headquarters over the course of the next 2 weeks.

The last of five suspects in a string of house burglaries has been arrested.

School Resource Officer Palmieri is conducting domestic violence awareness for sports captains this week.  Parents were addressed yesterday.  He will be teaching some classes and is being well received by both students and faculty.

Chief Lovello and Commissioner Harrel attended the Board of Finance meeting to address the issue of overtime.

Jennifer Montanaro from The Depot has been working with Youth Officers Boccuzzi and Cappelli in developing Cop Shop, a program for adults.  The class is limited to 20 and the first meeting will take place on October 4th.

5.         OLD BUSINESS

Update on Police Department Building Project

A meeting of the Building Committee was held today.  The project appears to be coming in at a little over $1M under budget.  A dedication of the building is being planned for the end of October/beginning of November.

6.         NEW BUSINESS

Educational Request

Requests were received from Sgt. Robert Shreders and Officer Derek Mulcahy to enroll in the new Masters program in Emergency Management at University of New Haven.  Commissioner Johnson motioned to approve Sgt. Shreders and Officer Mulcahy’s enrollment in the Masters program in

Emergency Management at UNH, seconded by Commissioner Harrel.  All were in favor.  The time was 5:20 PM.

Discussion was held concerning the possibility of donating one of the original police log books to the Darien Historical Society.  The first log book would be retained at Police Headquarters.

Depot Presentation – Janice Marzano and Jennifer Montanaro

The purpose of this presentation was to enlighten the Police Commission on the various programs which are sponsored by The Depot in conjunction with the Police Department.  The first program was Park, Walk, and Talk with Youth Officer Joseph Martragono.  After meetings with the Depot Student Governing Board, this evolved into the current Cop Shop program.

The next program that was initiated was the Mom & Pop Shop and eventually interest in that program began to wane.  Jennifer Montanaro, Det. Boccuzzi and Det. Cappelli met together and formed Straight Talk, which has been very successful.

Programs concerning internet safety have been extremely popular.  To date, three classes have been offered and have been filled to capacity with parents asking for more classes.

Officers T. Courtney Isaac and Edwin Vigil are advisors for the Darien Chapter of SADD. The Depot also conducts a Safety Fair in conjunction with the Police Department.

The Kids Police Academy has been operating for five years.  Originally designed for high school, the program is now geared for middle school students and is highly successful.

Also for middle school students is the Cops & Kids Adventures which is now in its 2nd year.  It is funded by a grant from the State of Connecticut.

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 6:00 PM.

Jan Lesko, Commission Secretary