Canton Police Department

  • Agency: Canton Police Department
  • Address: 45 River Road (Rt-179), Collinsville, 06022 CT
  • Chief:
Phone: (860) 693-0221
Fax: (860) 693-8493

Canton Police Department is located at 45 River Road (Rt-179), Collinsville, 06022 CT. The Canton Police Department phone number is (860) 693-0221.

Canton Police Department News

Folks, please, please, please lock your vehicles and take out your belongings when you park your vehicles! Canton as well as many other towns in the state have been getting cars broken into and stolen during the overnight hours. Do not leave your keys in your vehicle and make sure you close your garage doors at night as well! Below is a link to the Town of Canton website with some tips.

CPD is having a swearing in ceremony for our new officer. Welcome Officer McGuire!

Wow 25 years of strong work! Congratulations Mrs. Fitzgerald! 🎊🎈🎉💪🏻

You can now send text messages to 911. If you can call during an emergency we’d prefer to talk rather than text. See the link below how it works.

The original press release was removed from the CPD Facebook page for a spelling error. This is the current and most up to date press release.

Be bear aware...🐻🐻🐻 Bear Awareness and Caution Canton’s black bear population continues to grow and their presence in our community has become more frequent. Most alarming is that over the last two weeks, there have been six (6) incidents where a bear has entered into five separate houses in Canton. The last two incidents took place on Monday and Tuesday of this week. In addition, back in May, a bear entered a car in town. Several of these incidents took place in the areas around East Hill Road, Morgan Road, East Mountain Road and West Mountain Road. The Canton Police Department is working with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to address this issue. DEEP representatives have responded to the incidents and have provided traps to capture the bears. The Canton Police Department is urging residents to be aware of and vigilant about the recent intrusive actions of these bears. Most importantly, if a bear is in close proximity to your house, keep your distance, move farther away from the bear-toward a more secure location, call 911, and make your presence known by yelling or making a loud noise (i.e. air horn). In some cases, bear spray is an effective, non-lethal deterrent designed to stop aggressiveness in bears. For more information on bear spray go to Here are some additional general tips to avoid problems with bears: 1. NEVER feed bears. 2. Take down, clean, and put away birdfeeders by late March. Store the feeders until late fall. Clean up spilled seed from the ground. 3. Store garbage in secure, airtight containers inside a garage or storage area. Double bagging and adding ammonia to cans and bags will reduce odors that attract bears. Periodically clean garbage cans with ammonia to reduce residual odor. Garbage for pickup should be put outside the morning of collection and not the night before. 4. Protect beehives, livestock, and berry bushes from bears with electric fencing. 5. Supervise dogs at all times when outside. Keep dogs on a leash when walking and hiking. A roaming dog might be perceived as a threat to a bear or its cubs. 6. Do not leave pet or bird food outdoors or in easily accessible indoor locations (i.e. screened porch). 7. Keep barbecue grills clean. Store grills inside a garage or shed. 8. Avoid placing meat scraps or sweet foods in compost piles. 9. Secure doors and windows when away from home. (Several of the recent bear entries were made through accessing screened doors or windows). For more information on this matter, the Canton Police Department encourages citizens to access DEEP’s website or call the DEEP Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011 (Mon.-Fri. from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM) or the DEEP’s 24-hour dispatch line (860-424-3333) during weekends and non-business hours. To obtain informational fact sheets and other information about black bears, visit the DEEP’s website at or contact the Wildlife Division.

Canton Police Department Reminds Residents to SUBSTRACT THE DISTRACTION Next Wave of “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” to Launch August 1 – August 15 The Canton Police Department, along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office, has announced today the continuation of the “U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY.” campaign. Through this initiative, officers will be cracking down on motorists who text, talk, or distract themselves with a hand-held mobile phone while driving. “Texting and driving is a public safety crisis. Our mission is to save lives and protect the public. Enforcing texting and driving laws is a critical priority for our department,” said Chief Christopher Arciero. “Starting August 1st, the community will see an increased and highly visible law enforcement presence on our roadways with a focus on safety. Our Officers will be stopping and ticketing anyone who is endangering the public due to texting and driving. If you text and drive, you will pay.” During the first wave of this campaign, in April 2018, more than 10,000 citations were issued to motorists who chose to ignore Connecticut’s distracted driving laws. While this is a start, there is still more work to be done. The second run of this two-part campaign will go from August 1st to August 15th. Throughout the campaign, Canton Police Department, will mobilize by adding special patrols aimed at catching distracted drivers – especially those on their phones. Over 50 law enforcement agencies, including both state and local police, who were previously involved in the April 2018 campaign, will again be participating. The special patrols that will be running during this campaign are funded by Connecticut’s special distracted driving prevention funds. Connecticut qualifies for this federal funding source through a mix of tough laws and a proven track record in strong enforcement of distracted driving laws. Over $9.1 million has been awarded to the state over the last three years specifically to fund campaigns like this one. Under Connecticut’s cell phone and texting law, violations involve heavy fines, ranging from $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second violation, and $500 for each subsequent violation. In 2016, there were 3,450 distracted driving related deaths and in 2015 an estimated 391,000 were injured in distracted driving motor vehicle crashes nationally. For more information about national distracted driving issues, visit

Road construction. Please seek alternate routes!

Officers out patrolling our trails.

Sexual Assault Investigation UPDATED DESCRIPTION Updated: 8:00 am., Saturday, July 28, 2018 Summary of Incident: The Canton Police Department is continuing its investigation of a sexual assault that occurred Tuesday, July 24, 2018, between 11: 00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. off the bike trail between Canton Springs Road and Atwater Road. The Canton Police Department has spoken with the victim and is updating the suspect description as follows. We are looking for any witnesses who may have seen a white male with short brown hair, unshaven face, between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, slender to medium athletic build, wearing a grey shirt and/or black hoodie and black basketball-type shorts. In addition this male may have been wearing sunglasses and had a small, white dog with him. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Canton Police Department at 860-693-0221. The Canton Police reminds everyone to be vigilant and to take the necessary safety precautions when on the trail or other areas in the woods. ### END ### Sgt. Derek Messier


Update/further information: The Canton Police Department is looking for any witnesses who may have seen a white male, between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches, slender to medium build, wearing a grey shirt and black shorts. In addition this male may have had a small dog with him. A message from Chief Arciero: The Canton Police Department is currently investigating an alleged sexual assault that took place yesterday around 11:00 am. on the bike trail between Canton Springs Road and Atwater Road. The information was provided by a third-party complainant. A victim has not yet been identified. The suspect is described as a white male , approximately 30 yrs old wearing a grey shirt and black shorts. Canton Police searched the trail last night and again this morning. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Canton Police Department at 860-693-0221. The Canton Police reminds everyone to be vigilant and to take the necessary safety precautions when on the trail or other areas in the woods. Christopher Arciero Chief of Police/Emergency Management Director

It’s with heavy hearts we update the public on this tragic event.


CPD also has a drug disposal bin in our lobby to deposit these items all year round.

We’re hiring. Open for POST certified officers or State Troopers who currently hold certification. See link below for details.

Tonight we say farewell and happy retirement to Officer Mark Ferrecchia! Ofc. Ferrecchia started his career on April 1st, 1988. Prior to his 21 years of service to the Town of Canton, Ofc. Ferrecchia worked for the Southington and Woodbury Police Departments as a officer. We all wish you the best of luck in your retirement and you’re always welcome to come back!

New Canton Police patch. This patch is on two of the newest police cruisers and officers will soon be wearing them on their uniforms.

Update: The road is passable but crews will be on scene to repair the pole and wires. Please use caution. ***Road Closure*** Dyer Avenue is closed in the area of Birch Knoll Road due to down power lines and a tree. Eversource has been contacted and is aware of the problem. Please seek alternate routes and give yourself extra time to get where your going. Safe travels!

Press release regarding the closure of Cherrybrook Road.

**Missing person** If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of a Thomas Hobbs, (DOB 07/01/1957), please contact the Canton Police Department. Mr. Hobbs is described as 6’4”, 180 lbs, blue eyes. He was last seen on 02/04/2018 at the Bagel Deli at 220 Albany Turnpike in Canton.

This happens everywhere, even in Canton. Some good tips from NHTSA about keeping your vehicle from being stolen. Don’t be a victim!