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Lt. Scott P. Custer
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The following releases report arrests and other activity by South Windsor police officers.  This list is not intended to be all inclusive.   Other arrests and incidents may have been reported however, operational considerations may prevent their immediate public release.  A release is not intended to indicate guilt or conviction.  This information is released in accordance with applicable Connecticut General Statutes.  All arrested persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

Tuesday, April 8, 2014:
P201400919 Weekly Payment of Wages:
On Friday, April 4, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Ernest Albert, age 76, of 116 Caya Avenue, West Hartford on an arrest warrant.  The arrest warrant was prepared by the Connecticut Department of Labor and served by South Windsor Police as Albert’s business in town.  The Labor Department warrant alleges workplace violations.  Mr. Albert was charged with 21 counts of a labor department violation, Weekly Payment of Wages.  He was released on $5000.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on April 17, 2014.

P201203537 Failure to Appear in the Second degree:
On Friday, April 4, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Anthony Russell Jr., age 20, of 69 Stanley St. East Hartford, CT on a re-arrest warrant.  He was charged with Failure to Appear in the Second degree. Russell was later released on a $15,000.00 surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on April 17, 2014.
Russell’s charge stems from a missed court date for a 2012 larceny case.

P201400966 Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol:
On Saturday, April 5, 2014 at about 10:30 p.m.  South Windsor Police were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle on Oakwood Drive.  Officers found the operator asleep in the car.  Following a roadside interview and sobriety tests officers arrested the man, Zachary Arguso, age 20, of 66 Jessica Drive, South Windsor.  He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs/Alcohol and Operating a Motor Vehicle while License is Suspended. He was later released on a $500.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on April 14, 2014.

P201400973 Assault in the Third degree/Breach of Peace:
On Sunday April 6, 2014 South Windsor Police responded to a Millpond Drive home for a domestic dispute.  Officers learned that a man had shoved a woman during a dispute.  Officers arrested the man, Ryan Draeger, age 18, of 510 Millpond Drive, South Windsor.  He was charged with Assault in the Third degree and Breach of Peace. He was later released on a $500.00 non-surety bond and was scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on April 7, 2014.

P201400969   Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol:
On Sunday, April 6, 2014 at about 3:00 a.m. a South Windsor Police officer stopped a vehicle on Ellington Road for a violation.  The officer suspected the man was under the influence of alcohol.  Following a series of roadside sobriety tests officers arrested the man, Calvin Parrish, age 30, of 106 Main St. Vernon, CT.  He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs/Alcohol and Failure to Display Plate.  He was later released on a $500.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on April 14, 2014.

Medication Take -Back /Disposal Event:
The South Windsor Police Department will be hosting another DRUG DISPOSAL DAY, on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m at the South Windsor Police headquarters. Volunteers from the South Windsor Triad (Police, Human Services & Senior Services) will be on hand to receive unwanted medications from citizens. This is a drive up event; volunteers will collect the unwanted medication and place it in a disposal container. The event is part of a nationally coordinated Drug Enforcement Administration event to allow citizens to safely dispose of unwanted medications. All medications will be accepted: prescription, non-prescription and over the counter. (No needles will be accepted.)
 
These events are held to reduce the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, and accidental ingestion. Additionally, the proper disposal of unwanted and outdated medication lessens the chance of negative environmental impact such as groundwater contamination and watercourse pollution.
Additional information is available from Community Outreach Agent Jim Nicoletta at 860-648-6256 (james.nicoletta@southwindsor.org) or Human Services staff, Andrea Cofrancesco at 860-648-6357.

Friday, April 4, 2014:

 Join us for the program                 

“The INTERNET and my CHILD: What Does It All Mean?

FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014

Timothy Edwards Middle School

7:15-8:45 (dance night)

ALT 6

Light refreshments will be served

Do you ever wonder what your child is doing on their phone or the internet?  Do you feel like you have rules in place, but find it difficult to keep up with changing technology?

Would you like to learn about all the latest sites your children are using?

 

Youth Service Officer, Peggy Clouser, will lead a discussion on how to help your child develop safe online behavior and become a responsible digital citizen.

TEMS School Resource Officer, Tina Roy, will also join the conversation concerning this important topic.

Parents of all elementary and middle school students are welcome to attend.

Thursday, April 3, 2014:
Medication Take -Back /Disposal Event:
The South Windsor Police Department will be hosting another DRUG DISPOSAL DAY, on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m at the South Windsor Police headquarters. Volunteers from the South Windsor Triad (Police, Human Services & Senior Services) will be on hand to receive unwanted medications from citizens. This is a drive up event; volunteers will collect the unwanted medication and place it in a disposal container. The event is part of a nationally coordinated Drug Enforcement Administration event to allow citizens to safely dispose of unwanted medications. All medications will be accepted: prescription, non-prescription and over the counter. (No needles will be accepted.)
 
These events are held to reduce the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, and accidental ingestion. Additionally, the proper disposal of unwanted and outdated medication lessens the chance of negative environmental impact such as groundwater contamination and watercourse pollution.
Additional information is available from Community Outreach Agent Jim Nicoletta at 860-648-6256 (james.nicoletta@southwindsor.org) or Human Services staff, Andrea Cofrancesco at 860-648-6357.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014:
P201303786 Sale of Marijuana:  
On Tuesday, April 1, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Geron L. Folkes, age 26, of 8 Thompson Court, Enfield, CT on two arrest warrants.  He was arrested at Manchester Superior Court where he was being held on other charges.   Folkes was charged with Sale of Marijuana (2 counts) and was held at court on $100,000.00 surety bond.  Folkes’ charges stem from 2013 investigation that found he’d sold marijuana on two occasions.

P201400915 Motor Vehicle Violations:
On Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at about 1:00 a.m. a South Windsor Police officer stopped a vehicle on Buckland Road for a violation.  Officers learned the man did not have a license and his car was neither registered nor insured.  Officers arrested the man, Rodrigo Romero-Lancho, age 28, of 30 Squire St. Hartford, CT.  He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, No Insurance and Failure to Have Headlamps lit. He was held on $1000.00 surety bond and will be presented at Manchester Superior Court on Wednesday morning.

Monday March 31, 2014:
Police Promotions effective Sunday, March 30th:
Chief Matthew D. Reed has promoted four South Windsor Police Officers effective Sunday March 30th:
Agent Michael Prescher was promoted to Sergeant
Officer Matthew Mainieri was promoted to Agent
Officer Mark Cleverdon was promoted to Agent
Officer Brian Eckblom was promoted to Agent
The promotions were made following the realignment of divisions following the death of Lt. Richard Bond earlier this year.  The structure of the police department was reduced from three divisions into two divisions.  These promotions backfill supervisory positions left vacant in the wake of earlier advancements and departures from the agency.

Sergeant Michael Prescher
is a 20 year veteran of the South Windsor Police Department and will serve as a supervisor in the Patrol Division.  Sgt. Prescher was hired in 1993 and has served the department in many roles. He has served as a Field Training Officer, Traffic Investigator/Reconstructionist, Narcotics Investigator and as a detective in the Investigations Unit.  Sgt. Prescher has been the recipient of two Chiefs Award, a Lifesaving Award, Distinguished Unit Medal and was recognized for enforcement efforts by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 

Agent Matthew Mainieri is a 15 year veteran of the South Windsor Police Department and currently serves as an Investigator in the Investigations Unit.  Agent Mainieri was initially hired as a Community Service Officer in 1998 and was hired as an officer in 1999. He has served the department in many roles including Field Training Officer, Motorcycle Unit Officer, Traffic Investigator/Reconstructionist, and as a detective in the Investigations Unit.  Agt. Mainieri is a Use of Force Instructor and Motor Officer trainer. He is also assigned to the regional Emergency Services Team, CREST.  Agent Mainieri has been the recipient of a Chiefs Award and a Medal of Valor.

 Agent Mark Cleverdon is a 7 year veteran of the South Windsor Police Department and will serve as an Agent in the Patrol Division.  Agent Cleverdon was hired in 2007 and has served the department as a Patrol Officer and a Narcotics Investigator. He has been the recipient of a Chiefs Award and Distinguished Unit Medal.  While in the academy Agent Cleverdon received the Trooper Allan Tuskowski Award for Excellence in Training. The award is in memory of Trooper First Class Allan J. Tuskowski and honors the police trainee who attains the highest overall performance in areas such as police training programs, firearms courses, patrol driving, and physical fitness.  TFC Tuskowski was a 15-year veteran of the Connecticut State Police who served nine years on the State Police Training Academy staff. He died of a heart attack on June 2, 1983 at the age of 38 while at the academy.

Agent Brian Eckblom is a 9 year veteran of the South Windsor Police Department and will continue to serve as a School Resource Officer at South Windsor High School.  Agent Eckblom was hired in 2004 as a Patrol Officer and currently serves the department as a School Resource Officer. He is a member of several local committees related to youth issues, including the Juvenile Review Board and Youth Advisory Board. Agt. Eckblom has also served as a Traffic Investigator/Reconstructionist and he continues to assist the regional traffic team, Metro Traffic Services as needed.

Friday, March 28, 2014:
P201400845 Forgery in the Second degree/Larceny 4th degree:
On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 South Windsor Police were dispatched to a suspicious circumstances case at a Buckland Road bank.  Bank staff told officers that a man was trying to cash a check that appeared to be fraudulent.  During an interview with the officers the man said he was given checks by an unknown person to cash. Officers learned that the man had a “crack’ pipe in his pocket.  Bank staff contacted the business the fraudulent check was drawn on to attempt to verify its authenticity. They learned that the check was fake.  The suspect had three other fake checks in his possession, each for $1900.00.  Officers arrested the man, Derrick Kinchen, age 48, of 3 Burr Road, Bloomfield, CT.  He was charged with Forgery in the Second degree (4 counts), Criminal Attempt to Commit Larceny in the Fourth degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Kinchen was held on $20,000.00 surety bond and was presented at Manchester Superior Court on Thursday, March 27th.

P201002047 Burglary in the Third degree/Larceny in the First degree:
On Thursday, March 27, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Nelson Rivera, age 27, of 182 Sexton St. New Britain, CT on an arrest warrant.   He was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Burglary in the Third degree and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the First degree.  Rivera was held on $75,000.00 surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on Friday, March 28th.
Rivera’s charges stem from a 2010 burglary at a local trucking company.  Rivera and others are accused of stealing two trucks loaded with furniture from the company. Officers submitted DNA evidence for exam and the January 2014 results indicated that Rivera was involved.  An arrest warrant was obtained and served Thursday.

Wednesday March 26, 2014:
P201400764 Assault in the Third degree/ Criminal Violation of Protective Order:
On Monday, March 24, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Tymus Ford, age 22, of 1101 Summer Hill Drive, South Windsor on an arrest warrant. He was charged with Assault in the Third degree, Threatening and Criminal Violation of a Protective Order. Ford was held on $150,000.00 surety bond and was presented at Manchester Superior Court on Tuesday morning. Ford’s charges stem from a domestic dispute that occurred on Thursday, March 20th.  Ford is accused of threatening a local woman with a knife during an argument. This argument occurred in violation of a standing Protective Order that prohibits such conduct.  Ford had fled prior to officers arriving and an arrest warrant was later obtained for him.

P201400831 Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell/Poss. of Marijuana:
On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 a South Windsor Police officer stopped a vehicle on John Fitch Blvd. for a violation.  During the roadside interview officers learned the man was in possession of marijuana.  Following a search of the vehicle, officers arrested the operator, Curtis Douglas, age 40, of 112 Woodland Street, East Hartford, CT.   He was charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana and Failure to Display Plates.  Douglas was later released on $10,000.00 surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on April 3, 2014th.
 

P201400820 Larceny Suspect- Men’s Fragrances:
The South Windsor Police Department is seeking information about the identity of the subject below who entered the CVS pharmacy on Buckland Road on Monday March 24 at about 11:45 a.m and stole several boxes of male fragrances valued at $675.00.  The suspect is described as a light skinned male, in his 20’s or 30’s, last seen wearing a tan jacket, dark pants and black and white sneakers.  The man has some facial hair and a short haircut.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Charlie Bowes at the South Windsor Police Department, 860-644-2551.

Monday March 24, 2014:
P201303592 Forgery in the Second degree/Larceny in the First degree:
On Friday, March 21, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested Alicia Parzych, age 42, of 518 Bolton Road, Vernon, CT on an arrest warrant. She was charged with Larceny in the First degree, Forgery in the Second degree and False Statement in the Second degree.  Parzych was later released on a $25,000.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on April 3, 2014.
Parzych’s charges stem from a December 2013 complaint by a local dentist that a former employee had embezzled money from his practice.  Investigators worked with the victim and reviewed several years of bank records, eventually obtaining an arrest warrant for Parzych which was served Friday.


South Windsor/MTS DWI Checkpoint results:
The South Windsor Police Department hosted a DWI checkpoint Saturday night on Route 5 near I-291.  Officers from the regional traffic unit, Metro Traffic Services, participated.  The officers made 2 in-custody arrests, issued 9 misdemeanor summonses, 22 infraction tickets, 14 written equipment warnings, and 27 verbal warnings.  10 vehicles were towed for various violations and 29 child safety seats were inspected for proper use.   The Police Department handed out 7 car seats to motorists who lacked child safety seats or had improperly fitting seats.
  Among the enforcement actions were arrests for DWI, Failure to Carry Insurance, 2 drug arrests and Possession of Alcohol by a Minor.
  We thank all our brother and sister officers who participated in this event to make South Windsor’s roadways safer.

Friday March 21, 2014:
P201302448 Burglary in the Third degree/Larceny in the Third degree:
On Thursday, March 20, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested a man at Manchester Superior Court where he was appearing on other charges.  Officers arrested Juan Rodriguez, age 30, of 69 John Street, Hartford, CT.   He was charged with Burglary in the Third degree and Larceny in Third degree.
Rodriguez was held at Manchester Superior Court on $45,000.00 surety bond and was arraigned later that morning.
Rodriguez’ charges stem from an August 2013 larceny complaint from local truck repair company. Investigators reviewed surveillance footage and identified Rodriguez, a former employee, as the suspect in the theft.  An arrest warrant was obtained and served on Thursday.

P201400776 Criminal Violation of a Protective Order:
On Thursday, March 20, 2014 at about 11:30 p.m.  South Windsor Police officers were dispatched to a Main Street home for a domestic dispute between two brothers.  Both men were arrested in connection with the physical altercation.  Officers arrested Justin Tomel, age 24, of 1486 Main St. South Windsor and charged him with Breach of Peace in the Second degree and Criminal Violation of a Protective Order.  He was held on $5000.00 surety bond and will be presented at Manchester Superior Court on Friday morning, March 21, 2014.
Officers issued Ryan Tomel, age 24, of 1486 Main Street, South Windsor,  a misdemeanor summons for Breach of Peace in the Second degree. He is also scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on Friday morning, March 21, 2014.

South Windsor Police/M.T.S. DUI Checkpoint:
On Saturday March 22, 2014 the South Windsor Police Department will host a DUI checkpoint in conjunction with Metro Traffic Services.  The checkpoint will begin at 7:00 p.m. on one of the state highways (Route 5, Route 30 or Route 194).   Officers will be looking for operators who are under the influence of alcohol, and will be enforcing other Connecticut motor vehicle laws as well. The event is made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Transportation.      Metro Traffic Services is a regional traffic unit comprised of members of local police departments. The unit focuses on proactive enforcement of traffic laws, including commercial vehicle enforcement.  The regional team lends support to other towns with accident reconstructionists, manpower and specialized equipment for traffic enforcement and serious motor vehicle accident investigation.

Thursday March 20th:
P201400195 Robbery in the First degree/Larceny in the Sixth degree:
On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 South Windsor Police arrested a man at Manchester Superior Court where he was appearing on other charges.  Officers arrested Gregory Canepa, age 20, of 21 Phelps Road, East Windsor.   He was charged with Robbery in the First degree, Larceny in the Sixth degree, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the First degree and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the Sixth degree.  Canepa was held at Manchester Superior Court on $100,000.00 surety bond and was arraigned later that morning.
Canepa’s charges stem from his involvement in a January 22, 2014 robbery at a Sullivan Avenue gas station.  Investigators later determined that he, along with two other men, was involved and obtained an arrest warrant for him.  

P201303100 Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft:
On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 South Windsor Police officers arrested Sean Murphy, age 34, of 45 Old Kent Road, Tolland, CT on an arrest warrant.   He was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft (16 counts), Conspiracy to Commit Forgery in the Second degree (16 counts) and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the Sixth degree (16 counts).  Murphy was held on $45,000.00 surety bond and was arraigned Wednesday morning at Manchester Superior Court.  
Murphy’s charges stem from an October 2013 larceny investigation.  A local resident had his checkbook stolen and 16 checks were cashed using fraudulent identity.  Investigators reviewed store surveillance footage and determined that Murphy and another local man were involved.  An arrest warrant was later obtained and served on Tuesday.

P201400308 Forgery in the Second degree/Larceny in the Fifth degree:
On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 South Windsor Police officers arrested a man at Manchester Superior Court where he was being held on other charges.  Officers arrested Carnell Scott, age 49, of 14 Groton St. Hartford, CT on an arrest warrant.   He was charged with Forgery in the Second degree and Larceny in the Fifth degree.   Scott was held at court on $5,000.00 surety bond and was arraigned later that morning.    Scott’s charges stem from a February 2014 larceny investigation at a local bank.  The bank cashed a check for $998.00 that Scott had presented.  It was later determined that the check was counterfeit and never authorized by the company it was drawn on.   Investigators interviewed Scott who admitted his involvement in this incident. An arrest warrant was obtained and served at court Tuesday.

Tuesday March 18th:
South Windsor Police/M.T.S. DUI Checkpoint:
On Saturday March 22, 2014 the South Windsor Police Department will host a DUI checkpoint in conjunction with Metro Traffic Services.  The checkpoint will begin at 7:00 p.m. on one of the state highways (Route 5, Route 30 or Route 194).   Officers will be looking for operators who are under the influence of alcohol, and will be enforcing other Connecticut motor vehicle laws as well. The event is made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Transportation.         Metro Traffic Services is a regional traffic unit comprised of members of local police departments. The unit focuses on proactive enforcement of traffic laws, including commercial vehicle enforcement.  The regional team lends support to other towns with accident reconstructionists, manpower and specialized equipment for traffic enforcement and serious motor vehicle accident investigation.

               Join us for the program                 

“The INTERNET and my CHILD: What Does It All Mean?

FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014

Timothy Edwards Middle School

7:15-8:45 (dance night)

ALT 6

Light refreshments will be served

 

Do you ever wonder what your child is doing on their phone or the internet?  Do you feel like you have rules in place, but find it difficult to keep up with changing technology?

Would you like to learn about all the latest sites your children are using?

 

Youth Service Officer, Peggy Clouser,will lead a discussion on how to help your child develop safe online behavior and become a responsible digital citizen.

TEMS School Resource Officer, Tina Roy, will also join the conversation concerning this important topic.

Parents of all elementary and middle school students are welcome to attend.


Monday March 10, 2014:
                                                        Low Cost Rabies Clinic:
The South Windsor Police Animal Control Officers will be hosting a low cost rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday May 17th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Fire Headquarters.   Company 1- Fire Headquarters is located at 1175 Ellington Road (Route 30) and the event is open citizens from other towns as well.  The vaccinations cost $20.00, only cash payment will be accepted.  All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be brought in carriers.  Written proof of prior vaccination is required for a 3 year certificate. 
Additional information is available from Animal Control Officers Robin Bond and Brian Kelley at 860-648-6239 or robin.bond@southwindsor.org and brian.kelley@southwindsor.org

Community Charity event: “Bundles of Love baby item collection” RESULTS:
The South Windsor Police Department and South Windsor Youth & Family Services are collaborating to collect baby items throughout the month of February. We seek to collect items for families in need to supply them with essentials such a diapers, wipes, ointments, lotions,  bath soap, bottles crib sheets, pacifiers, infant toys and related supplies.  We are accepting gently used child and infant clothing.  The collected items will be donated to local residents and area shelters.
  On Saturday, February 8, 2014 members of the South Windsor Police Department joined with members of the South Windsor Teen Center at Stop & Shop, (1739 Ellington Road) and Geissler’s Supermarket, (965 Sullivan Avenue) for a collection event. Personnel received numerous donations during the event, including $1328.00 in cash donations that will be used to purchase needed items.  We thank everyone for their generous donations that will go to help local families in need.
 
Collection bins will be located at Police Headquarters, 151 Sand Hill Road, as well as the Community Center on Nevers Road and at Town Hall. Additional information is available from Liz Langevin, Youth and Family Services Coordinator at 860-648-6361 ext. 331 or at elizabeth.langevin@southwindsor.org

Friday February 7, 2014:
Community Charity event: “Bundles of Love baby item collection”:
The South Windsor Police Department and South Windsor Youth & Family Services are collaborating to collect baby items throughout the month of February. We seek to collect items for families in need to supply them with essentials such a diapers, wipes, ointments, lotions, bath soap, bottles crib sheets, pacifiers, infant toys and related supplies. The collected items will be donated to local residents and area shelters.
    On Saturday, February 8, 2014 members of the South Windsor Police Department will join members of the South Windsor Teen Center  at Stop & Shop, (1739 Ellington Road) and Geissler’s Supermarket, (965 Sullivan Avenue) for a collection event. Personnel will be at the stores receiving donations from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   All donations will benefit local families in need. 
   Additionally, collection bins are located at Police Headquarters, 151 Sand Hill Road, as well as the Community Center on Nevers Road and at Town Hall.
Additional information is available from Sgt. Tom Field, Community Outreach Officer, at (860) 648-6224 or via email at Thomas.field@southwindsor.org and
Liz Langevin, Youth and Family Services Coordinator at 860-648-6361 ext. 331 or at elizabeth.langevin@southwindsor.org

Sergeant With a Heart to Retire on Valentines Day
Sergeant Tom Field has worked as a South Windsor police officer since 1976. Friday, February 14, 2014, will be the end of his 37 years on the job.
 Eugene Thomas Field, widely known as simply, Tom, was hired on August 16, 1976, and graduated from the police academy on October 19, 1976. That was the year of America’s bicentennial celebration as well as the year “The Bionic Woman” and “The Donny and Marie” show premiered on television. “Frampton Comes Alive”, a classic rock album, was released by musician Peter Frampton. And, of course, the Barry Manilow classic, “I Write the Songs”, topped the charts at number one. It all seems like so long ago.
 But, for Field, the years have flown by. The father of two children and one grandchild has lived in South Windsor throughout his career. He has worked as a patrol officer and patrol supervisor. In 1997 he was assigned as the supervisor of the traffic enforcement unit and he was the first to lead the regional “Metro Traffic Services” traffic enforcement and investigation team.
 During his time in the traffic unit, Sgt. Field became certified as a child passenger safety seat technician. This provided him with the training and skills necessary to instruct others on the proper installation of automotive child safety seats. Sgt. Field has recognized throughout the state and New England for his expertise in child safety.
 In 2003, Sgt. Field was transferred into the department’s Community Outreach office and instituted the Senior Safe Driving program. Throughout the year he conducts safe driver instruction for the town’s seniors. He also continues to conduct weekly free child safety seat inspections and installations.
  In fact, he will conclude his last working day on February 14, at the annual Valentines Day child safety seat check at South Windsor’s fire headquarters at 1175 Ellington Road.
  Tom Field was born in New Britain and raised in Bristol. He is a graduate of Bristol Eastern High School. He served in the United States Army from February, 1968 until November, 1970. He was living in New Britain and working at a small Hartford printing Company when he happened into the lobby of the South Windsor police station in the summer of 1976. At that time the police station was located in the basement of the South Windsor Town Hall on Sullivan Avenue. On a whim he filled out an application and within a few weeks he was offered a job.
  Sgt. Field is a 1980 graduate of the University of Hartford and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social systems and policy.
 Comments from Chief Matthew Reed. “Sgt. Field was my first patrol supervisor when I arrived here in 1987. We worked midnight shift together for a long time. It seems like everyone in town knows Tom. He is incredibly compassionate and has mastered the ability to mix a firm, authoritarian presence with an affable pastoral-like approachability. It is tough to lose someone with his local knowledge and skills. He has done a lot of wonderful things during his time here. He is simply a good guy. I know everyone here wishes him a long, healthy retirement; he deserves it.

Community Charity event: “Bundles of Love baby item collection”:
The South Windsor Police Department and South Windsor Youth & Family Services are collaborating to collect baby items throughout the month of February. We seek to collect items for families in need to supply them with essentials such a diapers, wipes, ointments, lotions,  bath soap, bottles crib sheets, pacifiers, infant toys and related supplies.  The collected items will be donated to local residents and area shelters. Collection bins will be located at Police Headquarters, 151 Sand Hill Road, as well as the Community Center on Nevers Road and at Town Hall. Additional information is available from Liz Langevin, Youth and Family Services Coordinator at  860-648-6361 ext. 331 or at elizabeth.langevin@southwindsor.org

   Friday, January 17, 2014

South Windsor Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Announcement
UPDATE
The South Windsor Office of Emergency Management is pleased to announce that the first sponsored Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) basic core training class is full.
Volunteers who are still interested in joining the CERT program are encouraged to submit an application. We will be scheduling more classes throughout the year. Those who have submitted applications will be notified by mail of the next class dates.
If you are interested in becoming a South Windsor CERT member and signing up for future classes, please call Jubenal Gonzalez at 860-648-6249 or email at CERT@SouthWindsor.org

 

Wednesday January 8, 2014:

Long Time South Windsor Officer Dies

Members of the South Windsor Police Department are mourning the death of Lieutenant Richard A. Bond.  Lt. Bond died early Wednesday morning (1/8/14), after a two year battle with cancer. 

Richard Bond, 54, was born and raised in South Windsor and was hired as a South Windsor police officer on July 1, 1980.  He graduated from Connecticut’s Municipal Police Training Council Academy on September 25, 1980.  He graduated sixth in his class of 35 recruits. 

Through the years, Lt. Bond held many positions within the police department.  He served as a patrol officer, criminal investigator and traffic officer as well as a patrol supervisor and field training officer.  Lt. Bond excelled in the field of traffic accident investigation and reconstruction.  He was the leader of the police department’s traffic safety enforcement unit for many years and served as the commander of the regional Metro Traffic Services (MTS) unit. 

Lt. Bond was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in February, 2007 and was assigned to his current position as the Commander of the department’s Special Services Division.  In that role he was responsible for the department’s criminal investigations unit, youth and victim services unit and the traffic safety enforcement unit. 

Throughout his career, Lt. Bond received numerous awards and commendations.  He was recognized as South Windsor’s Police Officer of the Year in 1995.  In 1990, Bond was assigned to investigate an armed robbery at the CBT bank on Route 5.  As he arrived he encountered the robbers as they got into their car to flee.  Lt. Bond pursued the robbers into Hartford as the robbers fired several shots at Bond from their moving car.   The money was recovered and the robbers were eventually arrested.  For his actions, Lt. Bond received the Department’s highest award for valor. 

Richard Bond leaves his wife, Robin Bond, his parents, Linda and Jack Bond, along with his brother John Bond and his two sisters Margaret Duffy, and Amy Riggs.

Comments from Chief Reed:  “Rich was my first training officer when I arrived at SWPD in 1987.  We hit it off immediately.  I had been a traffic accident investigator in the Army and Rich had an affinity for that type of work.  He was a good guy and became a long-time friend.” “I was happy to have Lt. Bond as a key member of the Department’s command staff.  As I began my tenure as Chief in 2010 it was important to have Rich’s support.  His experience and competence were unmatched and I am proud to have worked with him.  I will really miss him.”

Tuesday December 17, 2013:

               Officer Jonathan Caldwell #189

New Hire- Officer Jonathan Caldwell:
On Monday, December 17, 2013 Jonathan Caldwell was sworn in by Chief Matthew Reed. Officer Caldwell will be training at the police department until the academy starts on Friday, January 3rd.  Jon lives in town with his family and is a 2008 graduate of South Windsor High School. He holds an Associates degree in Criminal Justice from Manchester Community College.  He has also attended Westfield State College.  
The hiring of Officer Caldwell brings us to our full authorized staffing level.  There are three officers currently in the academy; one officer graduates later this week, and the two others will graduate in March.  Upon graduation from the academy all officers complete a 16 week field training program with experienced officer/trainers.

Charity Event- “Stuff a Truck” Food and Toy Drive:
On Saturday, December 14, 2013 the South Windsor Police Department will join members of the South Windsor Fire Department and South Windsor Ambulance Corps at Stop & Shop, (1739 Ellington Road) and Geissler’s Supermarket, (965 Sullivan Avenue) for this years “Stuff a Truck” event.  Emergency services personnel will be at the store receiving toys and food donations from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   All donations will benefit local families in need.  Please come out and help us help those who need assistance during this holiday season!
Additional information is available from Sgt. Tom Field, Community Outreach Officer, at (860) 648-6224 or via email at Thomas.field@southwindsor.org

 

Connecticut Association of Women Police Donation Drive 2013

Charity Event to benefit Connecticut shelters held on December 7th:
The Connecticut Association of Women Police held a donation drive for area shelters on December 7th at the Vernon K-Mart.  The group collected over $250.00 in cash donations and filled a police department pickup truck with donated items. 
The group is continuing to collect items this month at several locations to be benefit shelters including: The House of Bread, Building Bridges Tri-Town Shelter Services, the No-Freeze Shelter in Willimantic and the Umbrella Domestic Violence Shelter in Ansonia.  Requested donation items include the following: soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wash clothes or hand towels, deodorant, combs, shampoo, paper products, hand sanitizers, feminine hygiene products, gift cards, Men’s clothing and coats, and laundry supplies/ household cleaners.
Donations will be collected anytime through Saturday, December 21, 2013 in the lobby of the South Windsor Police Department located at 151 Sand Hill Road, South Windsor, West Hartford Police Department at 103 Raymond Rd, West Hartford, Coventry Police Department, 1585 Main Street, Coventry, and the Orange Police Department located at 314 Lambert Road, Orange, CT.  These donations will directly benefit those who are struggling to find safe shelter; we appreciate any assistance as we work to help these individuals and families in their time of need.
Additional information is available from Sgt. Elsie Diaz, 860-648-6250 or elsie.diaz@southwindsor.org  

Emergency of Hunger Food Drive Results:  The South Windsor Police Department and volunteers conducted a Food Drive with the support of both  Stop and Shop and Geisslers’ supermarkets last weekend, on Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th.  Volunteers  were at Stop and Shop, 1739 Ellington Road and Geissler’s Supermarket, 965 Sullivan Avenue from 9 a.m to 3 p.m to collect food items and donations that will go to the South Windsor Food Bank to help those in need during the holiday season.  The volunteers collected 220 boxes of food and collected $3000.00 in cash and gift cards.
We thank everyone who helped support this effort for our neighbors in need, including all the volunteers from the South Windsor Fire Department, South Windsor Ambulance Corps, Rotary Club, South Windsor Human Services & TRIAD, the High School Interact Club and the staff and managers at Stop and Shop and Geisslers.

South Windsor Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Announcement
The South Windsor Office of Emergency Management is pleased to announce that they will be sponsoring a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). This volunteer program will be designed to augment our community’s operational capability following a large-scale emergency or a disaster.
Volunteers who are interested will be given a core basic training class, advanced training, and educational opportunities to meet the mission of the South Windsor CERT. Much of the training and education will address disaster preparedness and response, as well as hazards that may impact our community. In addition, CERT members will learn organizational, practical, and decision-making skills - to offer immediate assistance to family members, neighbors, and associates while waiting for help from other resources in the event of a disaster that overwhelms immediate response capabilities. All CERT members will be issued the necessary supplies, equipment, and uniforms upon completing their core training.
Classes for this CERT program will begin in January of 2014. If you are interested in becoming a South Windsor CERT member, please call Jubenal Gonzalez at 860-648-6249 or email at CERT@SouthWindsor.org

Overnight Parking Ban:
 Residents are reminded that no vehicles shall be parked on the public streets of the town overnight for the period from November 15 to April 15. Any vehicle parked continuously between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. during this period shall be deemed to have been parked overnight, and the owner may be subject to a fine.
Snow/Ice Storms:    No vehicle shall be parked on the public streets of the town during a snow or ice storm that has been in progress one hour and continuing for a period of 24 hours after the storm has ended.   Residents’ cooperation in keeping the roads free of parked vehicles allows the Public Works crews to clear and sand roadways in a timely and efficient manner, making travel safer for everyone.

Medication Take -Back /Disposal Event Results:
The South Windsor Police Department hosted a DRUG DISPOSAL DAY, on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the South Windsor Police headquarters. Volunteers from the South Windsor Triad (Police, Human Services & Senior Services) collected 594 pounds of unwanted medications from over 140 citizens.
These events are held to reduce the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, and accidental ingestion. Additionally, the proper disposal of unwanted and outdated medication lessens the chance of negative environmental impact such as groundwater contamination and watercourse pollution.
Additional information is available from Community Outreach Sgt. Tom Field at 860-648-6224 (Thomas.Field@southwindsor.org) or Human Services staff, Andrea Cofrancesco at 860-648-6357.


 

Monday October 21, 2013:
Haunted Torch Walk Raises 10K to benefit Connecticut Special Olympics:
Members of the South Windsor Police Department and other South Windsor groups presented a “Haunted Torch Walk” last Saturday (October 19th) in the Nevers Road Park.  The event featured a series of Halloween themed displays along the trails in the park and hayrides.

 Thanks to the hard work of the volunteer staff and the generosity of the participants and supporters in the business community, the event raised $10,000.00.  The proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics of Connecticut.   The Haunted Torch Walk is part of our continuing efforts to raise money for this great organization. 
These events are coordinated by South Windsor Police Agent Ron Littell; he can be reached at ronald.littell@southwindsor.org

  Thank you to all who participated, volunteered and donated time and effort to make this event a huge success.