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MINUTES

DARIEN POLICE COMMISSION

SPECIAL MEETING

NOVEMBER 20, 2012

1.         CALL TO ORDER

The 2,252nd meeting of the Darien Police Commission was held on the above mentioned date at Police Headquarters.  Commissioner Johnson, Commissioner Santarella, Chief Lovello, Sgt. Marron and Jan Lesko (Commission Secretary) were in attendance.  Commissioner Harrel monitored the meeting via telephone but did not introduce or vote on any motion.  The meeting was called to order at 4:02 PM.

2.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Commissioner Santarella motioned to approve the minutes of the special meeting held on October 24, 2012, seconded by Commissioner Johnson.  All were in favor. The time was 4:04 PM.

3.         CORRESPONDENCE

There was no correspondence to review.

4.         DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY

Last night motor vehicle burglaries occurred on Thomasina Lane and Relihan Road.  A vehicle was also stolen from Relihan Road and later recovered in New Haven.

Motor vehicle burglaries occurred between 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM at the Leroy/West parking lot, Tokeneke Road by New Life Church, and Chuck’s Steakhouse.

All five vehicles previously stolen from BMW Darien have been recovered and arrest warrants will be served.

Arrest warrants are being prepared in regards to the recent house burglary on Mystic Lane.

There have been some reports of scams by persons posing as FEMA workers.

Both boat motors on Marine 1 are out of service and require extensive and expensive repair to make them operable.  A request for $23,000 from emergency funds is being sent to the Board of Finance to replace the motors.

There was a house fire on Knollwood Lane this week which caused extensive damage.

There are some houses in Noroton Bay which are not habitable or properly secure as a result of Hurricane Sandy.  The Patrol Division is actively watching these houses.

5.         OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business for discussion.

6.         NEW BUSINESS

Request from DPA Regarding Goatees/Earrings for Charitable Event

A request was received from the Darien Police Association for the Police Commission to allow the wearing of goatees for male officers and small earrings for female officers as an internal fundraiser to raise money for charity.  They also requested that the event be extended from 2 months to 3 months and that the designated charity be changed from Toys For Tots to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Commissioner Santarella motioned to approve the DPA charitable event fundraiser allowing officers to wear goatees/earrings, to extend the event from 2 months to 3 months, and to designate the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as the recipient of the charitable funds raised from this event.  This motion was seconded by Commissioner Johnson.  All were in favor.  The time was 4:20 PM.

Requests from False Alarm Account

Chief Lovello requested $1500 from the False Alarm account to purchase two iPad mini’s for the Detective Division.  Commissioner Santarella motioned to approve the use of $1500 to purchase two iPad mini’s for use by the Detective Division, seconded by Commissioner Johnson.  All were in favor.  The time was 4:25 PM.

Chief Lovello requested the use of $5,276 from the False Alarm account to purchase an in-car camera system which would be installed by Specialty Warning Systems.  Currently five patrol vehicles have in-car camera systems and it is the goal of the Department to eventually have all of the patrol vehicles outfitted with a camera system.  Commissioner Santarella motioned to approve the use of $5,276 to purchase one in-car camera system, seconded by Commissioner Johnson.  All were in favor.  The time was 4:30 pm.

Chief Lovello requested the use of $3,284 to purchase two heavy-duty specialized chairs for Communications.  The chairs in Communications are in use 24-hrs. per day, seven days per week by officers wearing duty rig which causes standard office chairs to wear out rapidly.  The requested chairs are designed specifically for this kind of usage and will last significantly longer than standard chairs.  Commissioner Santarella motioned to approve the use of $3,284 to purchase two chairs for Communications, seconded by Commissioner Johnson.  All were in favor.  The time was 4:40 PM.

Request for Outside Employment – Det. Boccuzzi and Det. Perkowski

A request was made by Det. Boccuzzi and Det. Perkowski seeking approval to engage in outside employment wherein they would operate a security consulting business.  The Commission unanimously agreed they needed more information prior to making a decision on this matter and requested that Det. Boccuzzi and Det. Perkowski attend the next Police Commission meeting to discuss this venture in further detail.

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 4:55 PM.

 Jan Lesko, Commission Secretary