With the pandemic-related strain on our local businesses beginning to ease, coupled with higher staffing levels in the Police Department in recent weeks, our officers will be placing a renewed emphasis on parking enforcement throughout Town – with additional focus on vehicles impeding pedestrian safety downtown and around the schools. Tickets will be issued for violations.
Assistance from DPW Employee
As you know, our Police Department did an extraordinary job last week of apprehending five individuals trying to flee town after attempting to steal cars. Today, I’d also like to recognize Public Works employee Geoffrey Long, who was of tremendous assistance to our responding police officers. When Detective Robert Desiato captured one of the fleeing individuals, he was involved in a physical struggle with the suspect in the rear of a property on Lawrence Avenue, out of view from other officers. When Detective Desiato radioed for assistance, Geoff was able to hear the call on his public safety radio within his DPW vehicle, and quickly responded to the area to aid in the search for Detective Desiato. He subsequently located him and directed responding officers so that the suspect could be taken into custody without Detective Desiado sustaining serious injuries.
Chief Battiloro and DPW Director Greg O’Neil both issued letters of recognition to Geoff for his bravery and willingness to assist an officer in distress. The DPW plays an important role in the Town’s Office of Emergency Management operations, overseen by the Police Department, and Geoff’s actions demonstrate the commitment of Public Works employees to their counterparts in law enforcement.