top cop for Newport may come from 1 of the worst Ct departments
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#1 Oct 26, 2011
doesn't anyone read TOPIX?
#2 Oct 26, 2011
NORWALK, Conn.– This letter to the editor is from Scott Kimmich:
The executive board of the police union announced they were endorsing Mayor Moccia for re-election because of the "good rapport" they had developed with him. This is particularly interesting in light of Andy Garfunkel's call for more foot and bike patrols to suppress gun-related crime.
To provide such protection without upsetting the budget means hiring additional officers and limiting overtime work, a step that is also needed to ensure on-the-job performance. Increased vigilance and deterrence requires increased alertness and reaction times by the officers involved.
Norwalk police records indicate that some officers work an average of 70 hours or more a week, frequently more than 100 hours a week. Are they fit to perform their duty? Truck and bus drivers are not allowed to operate on such schedules, and for their own safety, not to mention the safety of others, armed police officers should not and cannot be expected to perform optimally under such workloads. Strict standards are needed to ensure that we can expect our law enforcement officers to be fit for duty. It can be a matter of life and death.
Chief Rilling says that department supervisors "have found that those officers who work the most are actually the most energetic" and productive, a finding that flies in the face of common sense and research. Does such monitoring include objective measurements or are they subjective? Sleep experts say that one out of five serious traffic accidents is due to driver fatigue, and that sleep deprivation impairs performance like drunkenness. Like drunks, the chronically sleep-deprived subjects do not recognize their impairment.
Which bring us back to Mayor Moccia who, in his election bid two years ago, said his administration had a good handle on crime, only to have criminal activity go through the roof in the ensuing years, with frequent shootings and other gang-related violence. By endorsing Mr. Moccia, the union chiefs signal a desire to preserve the status quo and to resist hiring additional officers to provide increased surveillance in conflicted neighborhoods. They apparently want to protect overtime at any cost to the public, instead of protecting the public at the cost of some overtime.
#3 Oct 28, 2011
Rilling is good chief crime is way way down from when he took office
#4 Oct 29, 2011
Afraid to break the News to you crime is out of control in Norwalk CT
#5 Oct 29, 2011
Look back in history,Norwalk has become filled with gang activity,and very few arrests,murders seldom get solved if they do its not Norwalk doing the solving.
Out of control wages,Newport can't spend more than they make.
#6 Oct 29, 2011
He is all yours..Thank God he is out of Norwalk
#7 Nov 1, 2011
This entire conversation is totally inaccurate and totally unfair to a guy who has spent his entire adult life helping others.
The fact is, violent crime is down in Norwalk 32% during the past eighteen months. This was reported in The Hour newspaper. Also, check the FBI statistics recently released and you will see Norwalk is a wonderful place to live, work and play.
For those of you who hide behind a pseudonym, no one should put stock in anything you say unless you are willing to identify yourself and be held accountable for your insane rantings.
#8 Nov 1, 2011
Norwalk, Connecticut is a city with many decent, hard-working individuals. Of course there is criminal activity there but it is not as severe as portrayed by the moronic bloggers above.
Brad: you are absolutely correct; When one compares Norwalk with cities of similar size, I am sure you will see the crime rate there is lower than most.
The men and women of the department, from the Chief on down are dedicated public servants who do a remarkable job. Also, there is more outreach to the public from the department than any department I have ever seen.
#9 Nov 1, 2011
you have some facts that you need to add,in the last three years 40 officers out of 167 have retired and 4 hve been arrested and one killed himself that in itself was tragic but only days after did was it obvious it was suicide.Countless others have left and talked trash and then some talked facts about what kind of department it is.
Amazing you can't get it right on Norwalk topix so you come here Richard and try and build a case for harry.Ever think about the two from Newport that should get the job instead?
Hope you don't get stopped in Newport Richard.
#10 Nov 1, 2011
Hey Westporter: At least I have the courage to use my real name. What about you? Sounds as if you may be one of the "candidates" from Newport using a phony name to push your own agenda.
I know of what I speak and Norwalk has become a wonderful place and Chief Rilling has been a God send. Crime is down 32% during the last eighteen months so don't besmirch the wonderful job our police department is doing.
The people that left are on the DROP plan so they planned their retirement well in advance. The officers that were arrested were charged because Rilling had the courage to do what a chief should do.
#11 Nov 1, 2011
good luck Newport,he ran a tight ship here in Norwalk as you can see
NORWALK-- The trial of a Norwalk Police officer accused of molesting a teenage girl has been postponed until early 2012 at the request of the cop's defense attorney.
Jury selection in the trial of Anthony Santo, an 18-year veteran of the Norwalk Police Department, was slated to begin Tuesday at Stamford Superior Court, but it was continued until Jan. 3, 2012. State's Attorney Maureen Ornousky said that defense attorney Gary Mastronardi requested the continuance, because he had to deal with a personal matter. Mastronardi declined to comment on the matter.
Santo is charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.
Greenwich Police arrested Santo on Oct. 2, 2009 after a four-month investigation into sexual misconduct allegations that started after police received a report from the Department of Children and Families that Santo inappropriately touched a teenage girl, according to an affidavit.
Through multiple interviews with the victim's friends and family members, police learned that Santo had molested the teenage victim on at least one occasion, the documents said. Police interviewed the victim, who said Santo had stuck his hand down her pants when she was 14-years-old in 2006, police allege.
Santo was placed on administrative leave shortly after his arrest.
#12 Nov 2, 2011
This might make Norwalk safer
-- Norwalk Police Chief Harry Rilling will likely know by week's end if the town of Newport, R.I. has selected him as top cop, a Newport official involved in the hiring process said Wednesday.
Michael Coury, human relations administrator for the City of Newport, said a new chief of the Newport Police Department will be selected by next Monday at the latest, and City Manager Edward F. Lavallee is aiming to select the chief by week's end. The Hour reported last week that Norwalk Police Chief Harry Rilling is one of the leading candidates for the Newport police chief position.
"We're still looking through candidates," said Coury. "I'm still meeting with the city manager to find out his choice candidate at this point."
#13 Dec 14, 2011
Cop in Norwalk arrested cloud of secrecy is unwinding folks see what you could of had..
The Hour Online
NORWALK-- Police Chief Harry Rilling said police are reviewing a recent domestic violence incident involving a Norwalk Police detective to determine if he was adequately charged in connection with the case.
Detective Shannon Sherry, 36, was charged with disorderly conduct on Dec. 11 for an incident in which he allegedly grabbed his wife by the hair and held her down and then drunkenly insulted the officers responding to his home. He was released after being given a summons to appear in court.
"Each case is different," sai d Rilling. "In each case we look at the level of aggression and determine the charges."
Sherry has been placed on administrative leave until the conclusion of an internal investigation.
Although Police Chief Harry Rilling divulged some details about Sherry's arrest, the case number assigned to Sherry's arrest has been locked and only accessible by administrators and the officers conducting an internal investigation about the incident. Officers have been instructed to refer all inquiries about Sherry's arrest to Rilling.
Rilling said unlike many domestic violence cases of its ilk, Sherry's case contains sensitive information, and he does not want other officers accessing the files while the internal investigation is pending. Investigators typically lock computerized case files involving sexual assault, minor victims, ongoing investigations of a serious nature and cases where more arrests are pending so that the files can only be accessed by investigators, supervisors and administrators.The Hour Online
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Superior Court did not contain police reports on Tuesday -- a day after his arraignment and two days after his arrest. Sherry's arrest was not printed on the Police Department's arrest and citation log -- a public record of all criminal arrests and infractions issued by the department -- on Sunday afternoon, Monday or Tuesday.
The Hour has mailed a Freedom of Information request to the department to obtain documents pertaining to the case.
Norwalk Police arrested Sherry at 2:18 a.m. on Dec. 11 after a heated argument between him and his wife allegedly became physical. Sherry became incensed during an argument about whether or not he was too drunk to drive, Rilling said. Fearing that he was becoming aggressive, Sherry's wife kicked at him as he approached her, Rilling said.
Sherry responded by grabbing his wife's hair and holding her to the ground, according to RIlling. She told him that she was going to call 911, and he advised her not to call the police, according to Rilling.
When officers arrived, Sherry told them to get out of his home and made "rather nasty" comments to his superiors, Rilling said.
Sherry, a seven-year veteran of the Norwalk Police Department, was arraigned Monday at Norwalk Superior Court, and he was issued a protective order, barring him from carrying a firearm, contacting his wife and living at the home he shares with his wife while the case is pending.
#14 Dec 16, 2011
odd how some defend Rilling yet he seems to spend a lot of time defending himself.Newport had great candidates from within,yet a national search was done.This was not the first time Rilling was looking elsewhere that was also not mentioned here.So enjoy the thread and lets see what else can happen before he leaves.Norwalk has been blessed with great officers yet some including Rosemary who's father was a Norwalk finest was forced from the dept because after her FBI training would of been a good leader yet the old boys club did a number on her.A lot of young bucks on NPD now leadership is fighting within so seeing it play out with Rilling will be to say the least interesting.Did he give his service to Norwalk?Yes he did and at one time he was the best,now he a tired old man running a dept that fights from within and not crime iteself.How many cruisrs this year were destroyed?many much more than Newport could of replaced.Wages?top cop earners in the state well over $100,000 for most of the top 20 men and not for police work for road deatils and overtime due to lack of manpower.
NORWALK, Conn.– A simple mistake is to blame for giving the impression of a possible Norwalk Police cover-up this week, according to Chief Harry Rilling.
Detective Shannon Sherry was arrested early Sunday, but his name did not appear on the arrest log that is available to the public and to reporters. Rilling said the officer who filled out the summons for Sherry began his shift before midnight and then put the wrong date on the form.
Rilling confirmed the details as presented in published reports: Sherry's wife told officers that she kicked him because she was afraid of him, because of his aggressive behavior during an argument about his level of intoxication. In return, Sherry grabbed her by her hair and dragged her around the house. She called police at 2:18 a.m.
Sherry was charged with disorderly conduct. Although the incident happened Dec. 11, the summons was dated Dec. 10. It therefore hadn't been on the Dec. 10 log the previous day. "Because this happened with a police officer, it probably seems to be as if we were trying to cover something up, but we weren't," Rilling said. "It probably happens more frequently than we realize."
Reporters occasionally hear of an arrest that isn't on the log they have been provided. When that happens, community policing officers who conduct the morning briefings do not have an explanation.
"I agree it looks bad, but there was nothing devious or an attempt to cover it up," Rilling said. "We certainly would know that it's going to end up in the courts anyway."
Sherry, 36, is a seven-year veteran of the force. He was arraigned Monday morning. His court file contains no information about his behavior.
Rilling said Sherry's court file is sealed because of an internal investigation, and he doesn't want officers who may be questioned to read the reports, which may influence their memory of events.
Norwalk police routinely "lock" files. This often happens in the case of child abuse or narcotics activity.
Rilling said he was "very, very concerned" that Sherry's name was not on the report and referred to the 2008 scandals involving Sgt. Stephen Couture and Lt. Michael King. Couture allegedly informed Lt. Tom Cummings that he was a suspect in a sexual allegation involving a 15-year-old boy. King allegedly downloaded pornography onto a department computer.
"I could have covered that up very easily because I was the only one who knew about it," Rilling said. "There was no way I was going to allow that to be covered up. We brought that out, and it was a very embarrassing time."
#15 Dec 17, 2011
One peron in Norwalk you don't want on your side because of credible facts from the past and here we have it now a full monty filled will damage control behavior.Enjoy the read we in Norwalk are LOAF,yet we also realize we are stuck with these clowns.
Mayor Richard Moccia and Norwalk Police Chief Harry Rilling are adamant there was no cover-up in the handling of the arrest of a police official Sunday morning.
Detective Shannon Sherry was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation after being charged with disorderly conduct in an incident involving his wife in the early morning hours of Dec. 11. As first reported by John Nickerson of the Stamford Advocate, Sherry allegedly grabbed his wife by the hair and held her down and then insulted the officers responding to the incident. The seven-year veteran of the police department, allegedly had been drinking. Sherry was given a summons to appear in court.
However, the incident involving Sherry did not show up on the arrest log distributed to the media during Monday morning's press briefing, leading to speculation that the police department omitted it intentionally. Rilling said Sherry's arrest didn't appear in the log initially because of an error by a police official.
"A sergeant starting the midnight shift comes in around 11 p.m.," Rilling stated. "And it was Dec. 10 when he started. The incident occurred at 2:10 a.m. on Dec. 11. He mistakenly wrote Dec. 10 on the summons and that's why it didn't appear in the log in the morning."
Members of the media who inquired about the incident with Sherry on Tuesday, failed to get any information because the file on the computer had been locked. According to Rilling that was intentional.
"When there is an investigation, an officer might have to answer questions about a fellow officer," said Rilling. "There is information in the report that they should not permitted to see."
Moccia added there is pertinent information about law enforcement officials that just can't be released for their own well-being.
"There is no intent to hide anything," said Moccia. "We're doing an internal investigation. In that report is the policeman's home address, obviously his wife lives at that address. You never give out home addresses of police officers because that makes them vulnerable to anybody they arrest who may want to revenge. We're not trying to hide anything. There was no cover-up."
Another issue raised concerning the incident with Sherry, was whether or not he received too light a charge because he was a police official. On Saturday, Dec. 10, just hours before the arrest of Sherry, a Norwalk man was arrested for an incident that appeared to be similar to Sherry's but the charges were more severe.
Police responded to call about a disturbance on Woodward Avenue. Jose Garcia answered the door with a baby in his arms. After an investigation, Garcia was charged with disorderly conduct, risk of injury to a child, and third-degree assault. He allegedly grabbed the hair of his girlfriend and drag her around the apartment.
"I know that some people are trying to compare the two cases," said Rilling. "But the level of aggression was different and there was a child involved in the Garcia case. I reviewed the report and based on what I saw, I feel the charge of disorderly conduct for Detective Sherry was appropriate."
Rilling added that upon review, the charges against Sherry could be increased. "If the prosecutor views the case and wants to upgrade the charges, they're well within their right to do so. But that hasn't been done."
Moccia added. "We are concerned. That is why Sherry's been placed on leave and his weapon has been taken away from him. But let's look at it another way. If we were trying to cover-up anything, why was he arrested? It was a fellow officer who arrested him."1
#16 Dec 22, 2011
24 year cop shows no resepct for Harry,wonder why most would unless you knew the other details.
NORWALK -- The state Board of Mediation and Arbitration shot down an appeal Thursday from a former Norwalk police sergeant who was dismissed after tipping off a former lieutenant that he was being investigated for sexually assaulting minors, officials with knowledge of the case said.
Stephen Couture, former commander of the Youth Bureau of the Norwalk Police Department, was terminated from the department in October 2008 after a police trial board hearing, and the union had appealed the decision, stating that the dismissal was without just cause.
"We felt all along that what he did was a violation of the trust we put in him to protect the young people of the community," said Police Chief Harry Rilling, adding that the board apparently "agreed that his actions were egregious."
Calls to administration lawyer Saranne Murray, the legal team for AFSME Council 15 and Christopher P. Keenan, who represented Couture during the arbitration hearing, were not returned. Couture was fired from the Norwalk Police Department for alerting then-Lt. Thomas Cummings that he was being investigated for sexual assault. A police trial board found that Couture violated the department's rules and regulations, and Rilling recommended that Couture's 24-year career with the department be terminated.
"Nobody gets any joy out of this. It was a very hard time for the department," Rilling told The Hour on Thursday. "But the men and women of the police department continued to do their job professionally and with their head held high and to wear their uniform with pride."
During ... his testimony, Couture admitted to contacting Cummings about the matter within minutes of receiving the confidential information.
Cummings was convicted in Sept. 2010 of interfering with an officer, coercion and reckless endangerment.
He spent a month in jail and is currently on three years probation.
Couture's case referred to the state's Board of Mediation and Arbitration in early 2009 after the union filed a grievance stating the dismissal was without cause.
#17 Dec 22, 2011
that double murder a few weeks ago was never solved yet the shootings continue.Poeple who speak with fact are heard the 32% is absurd
My chances of becoming a victim of voilent crime
1 in 277
1 in 337
My chances of becoming a victim property crime
1 in 38
1 in 40
these figures are given out by real estate people and thank god they don't make them any worse by reporting the last 6 months at a time the FBI is saying crime has gone down accross the board.
deny these figures,compare them with other cities and see you are wrong very wrong on Norwalks crime rate.A lot of us have property in Newport we bought into the old Navy housing for cottages we enjoy Newport this mesaage needed to get out Norwalks in trouble and Newport could of been next.
#18 Dec 25, 2011
as you can see the cloud over the department becomes bigger
NORWALK -- Information on the arrest of Norwalk Police Detective Shannon Sherry is still limited, two weeks after he was taken into custody for a domestic violence incident.
The Hour mailed a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to Police Chief Harry Rilling and M. Jeffry Spahr, deputy corporation counsel for the city, on Dec. 14 seeking access to police reports on Sherry's arrest, and the city responded by handing over a redacted copy of the misdemeanor court summons that was given to Sherry on the date of his arrest.
In an ongoing e-mail dispute, Spahr had argued that the summons would suffice as a record of the arrest, although section 215 of Connecticut's FOI law states that a record of the arrest has two components: the information commonly found on a police log and "arrest report, incident report, news release or other similar report of the arrest of a person."
Under the state open records law, the city has 10 business days to divulge the requested information or state in writing why the request was rejected. Since Christmas falls on a Sunday and state workers will be given the day off on Monday, the city has until Thursday, Dec. 29, to comply with the FOI request.
Thus far, Sherry's arrest reports remain locked in the police computer system, and the only information about the arrest that has been made available is from Police Chief Harry Rilling.
Norwalk Police arrested Sherry at 2:18 a.m. on Dec. 11 after a heated argument between him and his wife became physical.
Sherry became incensed during an argument about whether or not he was too drunk to drive, Rilling said. Fearing that he was becoming aggressive, Sherry's wife kicked at him as he approached her, Rilling said.
Sherry responded by grabbing his wife's hair and holding her to the ground, according to Rilling. She told him that she was going to call 911, and he advised her not to call the police, according to Rilling.
When officers arrived, Sherry told them to get out of his home and made "rather nasty" comments to his superiors, Rilling said.
Sherry was charged with disorderly conduct and has been placed on administrative leave, pending the result of an ongoing internal investigation, Rilling said.
He will appear in Norwalk Superior Court to answer to the criminal charges against him on Jan. 4.
Though several officers wrote reports about the incident, the reports have remained locked, because administrators don't want officers looking at their colleagues' reports on the incident while an internal investigation is pending, according to Rilling.
On Wednesday, Officer Monica Billingslea hand-delivered a copy of Sherry's misdemeanor court summons to Hour co-managing editor Jerrod Ferrari, as per the orders of her supervisor. The copy of the summons had Sherry's address redacted.
Prior to the delivery of the summons, Spahr had said that all of the relevant information about Sherry's arrest could be found in the court file, as his case was now a judicial matter
#19 Jan 5, 2012
see what your city missed by passing up this overtime top cop,Newport could of learned a lesson
Following Ouellette and Marks on the 2011 salary list were Police Sgt. Charles Perez,$199,292; Officer Gregg Scully,$197,214; schools Assistant Superintendent Anthony Daytona,$181,925; Police Lt. Michael Paul,$177,132; Officer Michael Bauer,$177,029; Officer George Daley,$175,680; Norwalk High School Principal Lenny Mecca,$174,744; and Officer Paul Larsen,$172,659, according to the Comptroller's Office.
One million,three hundred six thousand and change .WOW!! That's the total cost of salaries paid out to seven Police officers for the year 2011. I have no problem with that. After all,theirs is a job most of us could not handle and would not want for twice the money. But I wonder. If these salaries ,which include enormous sums of non city-related overtime, are used to determine an individual's retirement pension payouts, would that mean that the Norwalk taxpayers are footing the bill? And if that is the case, shouldn't the outside utility or other contractors be chipping in to the pension fund. I would like to know because I've heard different versions from different people
#20 Feb 4, 2012
Richard was obviously wrong about a lot of things
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