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Please join us for our Annual Holiday Dinner on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane, Orange, CT. 203-795-3100 6:00 p.m. Cocktails – 7:00 p.m. Dinner - - Cash Bar ** Entertainment (Read More)


Distinguished Chiefs Dinner - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Distinguished Chiefs Dinner took place on June 1, 2016 at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange. The dinner reservation form is available here. This year we are honoring Waterbury Chief Vernon Riddick, Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins, and CSP Colonel Brian Meraviglia (Ret.) and CSP Lieutenant Colonel Butch Hyatt (Ret.). Also on this evening, Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut is proud to award scholarships to students attending college in Connecticut taking courses related to Criminal Justice.


Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial Dinner - Monday, May 9, 2016 at Aquaturf, Plantsville, CT

Please click here for the flyer providing information regarding the Connecticut Police Chiefs Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Annual Dinner, being held at Aquaturf, in Plantsville, Connecticut on Monday, May 9, 2016. A reservation form is available by clicking here for your convenience. Cash bar: 5:00 to 6:30; Dinner: 6:30; Tickets: $50 / Tables of 10: $500


The Meritorious Service and P.O.S.T Top Graduates Awards Dinner was held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Anthony's Ocean View, New Haven, CT. Those being recognized are:

Officer Jill Kidik of Hartford Police Department for coming to the aid of an unconscious child and saving his life. Officer Mark Suda of Norwalk Police Department, for his contributions during 2015 including, but not limited to, firearms training to narcotics investigations, marine division deployment to emergency services unit tactical operations and most notably, patrol work. East Haven Officer Robert Brockett and North Branford Officer Robert Deko, who responded to a residence to aid an unconscious male who was in cardiac arrest. They administered CPR and AED assistance, and are responsible for saving the life of this male.

Top graduates from P.O.S.T. also were recognized: Steven W. Orgera of Stamford, Jacob P. Truebig of South Windsor, Michael A Russotti of Danbury, and Kristopher R. Matthews of Derby


2015 PCAC Holiday Party
The 2015 PCAC Holiday Party will be held at Anthony's Ocean View on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, and will be incorporated with Anthony's shared party, including open bar, D.J., appetizers and buffet dinner. PCAC members will be seated together and the organization will be recognized during the festivities. Additional information is available by clicking here. Please respond to Betty Paquin at bpaquin@marcuslawfirm.com or (203) 481-3330 by December 1 so an accurate headcount can be given to the venue.


2016 PCAC Distinguished Chiefs Award Nominees Needed by December 11, 2015
Nominees for the 2016 Distinguished Chiefs award are required by Friday, December 11, for chiefs who have demonstrated leadership, innovative qualities, personal commitment and service to their towns and cities. Please see PCAC President Dave Palumbo's letter here, requesting your nominations. If you know of an outstanding chief that leads a department that does not have police commissioners, please pass this letter along to the town's first selectman or mayor. Recipients of past Distinguished Chiefs Awards can be found here.

2015 PCAC Membership Dues/Membership Cards
For those who were unable to attend the 2015 clambake at Amarante's to receive your membership card, but have paid your dues for this year, your membership card should have been included in a recent mailing. Reminder invoices were sent to those members shown in PCAC's database as not paid. If you have paid your dues and not received your membership card, please contact karenwinne@outlook.com. A copy of the invoice is available here if needed.


2015 PCAC Clambake-
The Annual PCAC Clambake will take place on Wednesday, August 27, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at Amarantes Sea Cliff, 62 Cove Street, New Haven. Individual Tickets: $50 / Table of 10: $500. For details, please see the attached form, and return your reservation, meal preference and check to Betty Paquin by ASAP. Questions? Please contact Betty at bpaquin@marcuslawfirm.com or (203) 481-3330.


2015 Newtown Police Chief Posting
PCAC has been advised that Newtown (CT) Police Department is seeking a new police chief. Please use the following link for additional information. Application materials should be received no later than August 14, 2015. Thank you.

http://www.ct.gov/post/cwp/view.asp?a=2062&q=291736


Distinguished Chiefs Dinner -

The Distinguished Chiefs Dinner was held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Amarante's Sea Cliff and was well attended. This year we honored Chief Brent Larrabee of East Haven, Chief Jonathan Fontneau of Stamford and Chief Edward Stephens of Wolcott. Also on this evening, Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut was proud to award three scholarships to three students attending college in Connecticut taking courses related to Criminal Justice. This year's recipients were Emily Lott of WCSU, Amanda Sigan of University of New Haven and Melissa Cosgrove from Sacred Heart. Their scholarships for $1000 each were given in the name of the three Distinguished Chiefs from last year. (The three chiefs honored in 2014 were Ansonia Chief Kevin Hale, Newtown Chief Michael Kehoe, and Norwalk Chief Thomas Kulhawik.)

Congratulations to the three chiefs and three scholarship winners!

Committee Members Needed

Dinner Reservation Form

Please support the Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial program and help sell tickets by getting this information to all of the unions, PBA, and other friends of the Connecticut Law Enforcement Community. We will be honoring the 137 fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Questions may be presented to Jim O'Boyle, a member of PCAC Board of Directors and CT Law Enforcement Memorial Committee, at jim.oboyle@comcast.net.


Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial Dinner – Monday, May 4, 2015

The Meritorious Service and P.O.S.T Top Graduates Awards Dinner was held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Amarante's Sea Cliff, New Haven, CT. Those being recognized are:

Det. Sgt. Joseph Flynn of Clinton Police Department for leading the investigation that led to the arrest and subsequent conviction of Dr. Tory Westbrook on multiple counts of sexual assault. He went to great lengths to ensure that the women did not know about each other. Officer Jorge Romero of Ridgefield Police Department, who was dispatched to investigate a domestic violence complaint; he acted with strength, poise and bravery when faced with a gun pointed at him at a distance of 3 to 5 feet, and ultimately fatally shot the male. Sergeant Christopher Fry, Officer Margaret Smusz, Officer John-Paul Dorais, Officer Mark Nowak and Officer Christopher Owen of Meriden Police Department responded to a fire at a condominium complex, and without hesitation and with no safety equipment, systematically searched and evacuated residents who were still in their units, two of whom were wheelchair-bound, prior to the arrival of fire personnel.

Top graduates from P.O.S.T. will also be recognized: Harry M. Mullin of Wallingford, Collin B. Walsh of Milford, Jared C. Ceccolini of Cheshire, and Jared M. Szuba of Norwich

Click here for the Meritorious Service and P.O.S.T. Top Graduates Awards Dinner reservation form.


National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Connecticut....January 9, 2015

Please see attached proclamation signed by Governor Malloy supporting CPCA (Connecticut Police Chiefs Association) in declaring January 9, 2015 as National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Connecticut.


08/18/2014 -Annual PCAC Clambake

The Annual PCAC Clambake will take place on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Amarante’s Sea Cliff, 62 Cove Street, New Haven. Please note change of venue from previous years Individual Tickets: $50 / Table of 10: $500. For details, please see the attached form, and return your reservation and check to Betty Paquin by ASAP. Questions? Please contact Betty at bpaquin@marcuslawfirm.com or (203) 481-3330.


03/13/2014 -Distinguished Chiefs Dinner

The Distinguished Chiefs Dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The dinner reservation form is available here. This year we are honoring Ansonia Chief Kevin Hale, Newtown Chief Michael Kehoe, and Norwalk Chief Thomas Kulhawik. Also on this evening, Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut is proud to award scholarships to two students attending college in Connecticut taking courses related to Criminal Justice.

The manner in which we obtain the funds for the well-deserved scholarships is by sponsoring an ad book to honor the three chiefs being recognized as Distinguished Chiefs. Advertising order form to honor the 2014 Distinguished Chiefs in the ad book can be found here. Please see the attached letter for a more complete explanation regarding scholarship funding.


04/20/2014 - Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial Dinner

Monday, May 5, 2014 at Aquaturf, Plantsville, CT

 Please click here for the flyer providing information regarding the Connecticut Police Chiefs Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation 21st Annual Dinner, being held at Aquaturf, in Plantsville, Connecticut on Monday, May 5, 2014. A reservation form is available by clicking here for your convenience. Cash bar: 5:00 to 6:30; Dinner: 6:30; Tickets: $50


03/04/2014-Meritorious Service and P.O.S.T Top Graduates Awards Dinner

The Meritorious Service and P.O.S.T Top Graduates Awards Dinner will be held on Wednesday, March 26 at Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange, CT. Those being recognized are:

Sgt. Mark Soneson, Officer Scott Calderone and Officer Michael Silverio of Berlin Police Department will be recognized for their involvement in resolving a very serious domestic dispute in March, 2012, that led to an exchange of gunfire. The suspect has since received a 45-year sentence resulting from this situation.

Off-duty Officer David Olszewski of Guilford Police Department, who observed a bank robbery in progress and reported it to Middletown Police Department, who apprehended the perpetrators upon leaving the bank on January 27, 2014.

Norwalk Police Officer Joseph Martino was dispatched in December 2013 to a report of a suicidal female. Upon arrival, he found a woman with a 357 revolver, disarmed her and no doubt saved his own life, the life of other officers and the suspect had she decided to quickly turn the gun on herself.

Top graduates from P.O.S.T. will also be recognized.

Click here for the Meritorious Service and P.O.S.T. Top Graduates Awards Dinner reservation form.


8/30/2013 - Annual PCAC Clambake

Clam Bake - Connecticut Police Commissioners - Enjoy Surf N Turf


8/5/2013 - Kevin Brace leads the police commission and creates a productive environment
By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Windsor Locks - posted Thu., Aug. 1, 2013

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After the 2010 bicycle death of Henry Dang and the manner in which the case was handled by the Windsor Locks Police Department, the community was looking for changes, which is why Kevin Brace decided to run for chairman of the police commission. As a leader, Brace has taken the position to a different level, creating more participation amongst the commission, according to First Selectman Steven Wawruck.

"He has rallied both the department and the commission in such a manner that they are carrying out their respective responsibilities in a very professional manner," said Wawruck.

When Brace ran for chairman, his platform focused on correcting what he saw as some of the "ills" in the police department. Since he took the position in 2011, the Windsor Locks Police Department has begun to adopt new rules and regulations to better fit the needs of the community. The department has become more responsive to the residents' needs and has begun to patrol more, according to Wawruck. "It's been a positive result of Kevin's leadership," he said.

One of the most significant changes made since Brace has been chairman was the decision to hire an experienced chief. Brace said that until he took over, the department was "treading water," which is why he and the commission choose Eric Osanitsch to take over the position. Osanitsch was well known for transforming the Bristol Police Department, which is exactly what Windsor Locks needed, according to Brace.

"We needed somebody who was a change agent," said Brace, "somebody who could come in with a plan to not only get the officers to buy into the plan, but the community as well."

In the year Osanitsch has been employed, the commission and department worked together to not only implement a plan for new rules and regulations, but they have also recreated their image. The blue cruisers have changed to the "old school" black and white vehicles, and the uniforms are going back to the shirt and tie, which use metal badges and name plates opposed to the patches used on the Battle Dress Uniform style. With the new uniform they will also use the eight-point hat, as opposed to the baseball cap previously worn by officers.

In addition to remaking its image, WLPD is now promoting five sergeants and one lieutenant. As part of the new structure, supervisors are required to participate in formal training. The commission has been trying to implement supervisor training for many years, because the community and officers have wanted to create a more professional department. The officers especially felt they needed to be held to a higher standard.

"This article really shouldn't be about me," said Brace. "It should be about the department and the commission and how everybody came together and has worked as a team."

Though there is still a lot of work to do, the department's reputation within the community has improved, according to Brace. He also said the police commission chairmen in East Windsor and Suffield have noticed a change as well.


July 1, 2013

Fellow Commissioners,

The PCAC is happy to announce that we have recruited and hired a new secretary, Karen Winne, and a new web manager, Jim Norkus.

Karen is currently the secretary for the PAC, a statewide association of more than 6000 members, and brings valuable experience and a wide range of skills to the position of secretary. Karen, besides recording minutes at the board meetings will also be attending dinner meetings and recording the minutes at these meetings as well.

Jim is also the web site manager of the PAC, and is a computer expert with years of experience and ability.

Additionally, there is no increase over the cost of employment from our previous secretary/web manager.

The Board of Directors, in selecting these two fine people are extremely pleased with the selection and look forward to years of working with these two professionals.

Regards,

John Landolfi

President

Peter Torrano

Chairman


6/26/2013 - Police Commissioners Association Installs New Officers

The PCAC Annual June "Installation" meeting was held in Branford Connecticut on June 26, 2013. During the annual meeting, those officers who have been elected to office and to the Board of Directors, and those whose terms were renewed through membership vote, were sworn in and commenced their terms of office. Please click here for additional information.

Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut - 2013 Installation of Officers Video and Pictures

 

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The Honorable Shelley Marcus swears in PCAC Board Members and Officers

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The Honorable Shelley Marcus and President John Landolfi

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1st Vice President Christopher Cozzi, The Honorable Shelley Marcus, President John Landolfi, Board Member David Palumbo

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Presentation to Emeritus Commissioner Milton Thomas by President John Landolfi and Peter Torrano

 

May 29, 2013
The PCAC honored 3 Chiefs at the DISTINGUISHED CHIEFS AWARDS Dinner on May 29th at the Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange CT.

The 3 Chiefs are:

Chief John Gavallas, Watertown
Chief Thomas McLoughlin, North Haven
Chief John "Jack" Drumm, Madison

Also at this dinner, the PCAC will be awarded scholarships to three students chosen by the Education Committee in the amount of $1000 each. The students are:

Christopher Earley - University of New Haven
Peter Brostowin - Sacred Heart University
Daniel Viera - Western Connecticut State University

Additionally, the new slate of nominated Board members were voted on.

Carl, our PCAC photographer, took many photograph's of this evening's event. Please visit the PCAC Shuttefuly Photo Sharing site to view the memorable moments he captured with his camera by clicking here: for Carl's YouTube Video.

Thank you Carl for doing a super job, especially with preparing the pictures and video (for viewing online) within hours after the event.

March 27, 2013
The PCAC held a Meritorious Service Awards dinner at the Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange CT. Our guest speaker was Fairfield Chief Gary MacNamara and 3 awards were given. Also, the PCAC honored the top graduates from P.O.S.T. Each of these fine officers were given an engraved firearm from the Sturm, Ruger Company, Inc. To see the flyer, please click here: Meritorious Service 3/27/13

Carl, our PCAC photographer, captured this evening's memorable moments with his camera. To see a very nice slide presentation, please click here: Meritorious Service Awards March 2013.  



























PCAC Mission

The Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut (PCAC) members are elected and appointed police commissioners from municipalities throughout Connecticut. Our mission is to provide a link between professional law enforcement officers and the public.

We are dedicated to educating our members on current law enforcement issues facing our police departments. We strive to:
  1. Elevate the status of local police departments through the exchange of ideas, information and experience.
  2. Foster public understanding and appreciation of the role of police officers in today's society.
  3. Support legislation favorable to justice and safety.
  4. Improve the training of police officers.
  5. Give appropriate recognition for outstanding performance in the field of law enforcement.