Orange Police Department

  • Agency: Orange Police Department
  • Address: 314 Lambert Road, Orange, 06477 CT
  • Chief: Robert J Gagne (Chief of Police)
Phone: (203) 891-2130
Fax: (203) 891-2129

Orange Police Department is located at 314 Lambert Road, Orange, 06477 CT. The Chief of Police of the department is Robert J Gagne. The Orange Police Department phone number is (203) 891-2130.

Orange Police Department News

10/30/2018- The Orange Trunk or Treat event held on Sunday was a great success! Check out the Orange PD trunk in the photo below. For the Trick-or-Treating tomorrow night: 10 Tips for a Safe Halloween from D.A.R.E. Officer Carolyn Bailey: Each year our D.A.R.E. / Community Relations Officer visits Orange elementary schools to talk Halloween Safety with our school children. Here are 10 useful tips for Trick or Treaters and Parents alike! 1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalks. 2. If no sidewalk is available , walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic. 3. Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent falls. 5. Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. 6. Teach children how to dial 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost. 7. Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater. 8. A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood grounds. 9. Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps. 10. Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

10/26/2018 Due to the impending storm, we are expecting multiple instances of trees, branches, wires and poles coming down. This weather is expected to continue into Saturday 10/27/18 Please be careful while driving and be aware of downed wires. As always, please stay far from ANY downed wires and call them in to police headquarters at 203.891.2130 If you lose power, the UI company can be reached at 800.722.5584 You can check the UI outage map below: https://www.uinet.com/wps/portal/uinet/outage

It's that time of year again- Orange residents may notice some 'scruffy' police officers in the month of November. The Orange Police Union is sponsoring "No Shave November", where the goal is to grow awareness by embracing hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. By donating the money they typically spend on shaving and grooming, officers and staff can help to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle. Each officer must donate an initial $50 to participate and officers are encouraged to raise more donations as the month goes on. You can help support these officers by making a secure online donation using your credit card. Click on the link below: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?SID=10378035&LangPref=en-CA&EID=243215 Thanks for your support! If you are having trouble viewing the above web address, copy & paste the entire URL into the address bar of your browser. IS THIS EMAIL GOING TO YOUR JUNK/BULK FOLDER? Add message@e2rm.com to your address book to ensure that you receive all future emails in your Inbox.

As many of you know, we now have a prescription drug drop-off box located in our main lobby at police headquarters. We recognize that some people might not feel comfortable coming to our building to get rid of their prescriptions, so we are still participating in the DEA's Drug Take-Back Day scheduled for Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10a - 2p. Representatives from Orange PD and the DEA will be at the CVS store located at 279 Boston Post Road to collect any unwanted prescription drugs. If you miss the DEA event this Saturday, please stop by the Orange PD lobby- our drop box is available there 24/7/365

10/19/2018 Vincent Jones was arrested by Orange PD officers for the robbery of the Webster Bank branch in Orange on 7/31/2017. He is alleged to have robbed at least two additional banks in other towns. NEW HAVEN MAN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE BANK ROBBERY OFFENSES John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that, on September 18, 2018, a federal grand jury in New Haven returned an indictment charging VINCENT JONES, 50, of New Haven with two counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery. JONES appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel in Bridgeport and entered a plea of not guilty to the charges. He has been detained since August 9, 2018, when he was arrested on related state charges. The indictment alleges that JONES attempted to rob the Key Bank located at 245 Main Street in East Haven on July 31, 2017; robbed the Webster Bank located at 247 Boston Post Road in Orange of $5,469 on July 31, 2017, and robbed the Bank of America located at 1331 Boston Post Road in Milford of $6,578 on August 8, 2018. If convicted, JONES faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years on each count. U.S. Attorney Durham stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the East Haven, Orange, Milford, New Haven and Waterbury Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.

10/17/2018- Today we had a visit from Kyra Shevis, a student at Amity Middle School- Orange, as part of Amity's Government Day program. Kyra was Police Chief for the day. Below are some photos of Kyra with Lieutenant Heather LaRock, who was taking Kyra around our facility. In these photos, Kyra is sitting in our newly redesigned dispatch center, learning about the Communications Division from Lt. LaRock.

10/16/2018- Public Advisory- Town of Orange residents should be aware that like many other area communities, Orange has experienced a rash of car break-ins recently. Groups of people, usually teenagers and/or young adults enter a neighborhood and run through the driveways, pulling on the door handles of every car they see. If the car is locked, they move on. If the car is unlocked, they enter it and search it for anything of value. Money, computers, purses, it doesn't matter, they will take it. If the key or the fob is in the car, they will take the entire vehicle. Your best defense against this type of activity is to remove valuables from your car and ensure that it is locked. If you see anyone or anything suspicious in your neighborhood, please do not hesitate to contact us 24/7 at 203.891.2130.

10/7/2018 Last week, we talked about how much we appreciate support from the community. That support is not one-way. Here are some photos of Officer Mary Bernegger, K-9 Trent, and cruiser #10 with the girls from the Amity field hockey team during their fundraising car wash held earlier today at Material Girls/Kaouds.

10/5/2018 Last week, we mentioned how nice it is to receive support from our community. This week, we had yet another example- The 3rd and 4th graders from the Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy visited Orange PD headquarters and delivered some very nice cards signed by the kids- See below for some pictures of our friends and the cards they brought

We have mentioned this previously in this space, but due to the retail section in Orange, our officers respond to quite a few shoplifting incidents. Often these thefts are perpetrated by those struggling with drug addiction, but they do not operate alone. People who shoplift from stores often use another person as a 'fence', or a place where they sell their stolen goods. The 'fence' then resells the items to the public. In the matter detailed below, the actions of two people acting as fences, and paying for others to act as shoplifters, caused retail stores in this area to lose millions of dollars worth of merchandise. The following press release details the prosecution of one such person: BRANFORD MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR SELLING STOLEN GOODS ONLINE John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WILLIAM REIDELL, 42, of Branford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to three months of imprisonment, followed by six months of home confinement and three years of supervised release, for his role in a large-scale fencing operation. Judge Shea ordered REIDELL to perform 150 hours of community service while on supervised release. According to the evidence presented during the trial of REIDELL and his co-defendant, George J. Connelly, Jr., Connelly and another co-defendant, Paul Muzyka, operated a licensed secondhand store, Ace Amusements, located at 42 Kimberly Avenue in New Haven. At Ace Amusements, Connelly and Muzyka knowingly purchased stolen property from “boosters,” who typically were shoplifters with opioid addictions. The boosters stole the goods from retail stores such as Home Depot, Target, CVS, and Lowe’s, and sold the goods at Ace Amusements for approximately one-third of their retail prices. Connelly and Muzyka then resold the stolen goods at Ace Amusements, and also online at websites such as eBay. Connelly and Muzyka also sold property to resellers, including REIDELL, who then resold the property online using online websites. The trial evidence showed at least $1.5 million in sales on eBay from 2007 to 2016 by individuals, including REIDELL, who purchased stolen items at Ace Amusements to resell online. On May 23, 2018, REIDELL was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit the interstate transport of stolen property, and one count of interstate transport of stolen property. Connelly was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit the interstate transport of stolen property, and two counts of interstate transport of stolen property. On March 16, 2018, Muzyka, of North Haven, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit the interstate transport of stolen property and one count of interstate transport of stolen property. REIDELL, who is released on a $100,000 bond, was ordered to report to prison on December 3, 2018. On October 1, 2018, Connelly was sentenced to 78 months of imprisonment and was ordered to forfeit an interest of $86,220.85 in a house he owns on Tuttle Drive in New Haven, $10,338.68 that was seized from his and Ace Amusements’ bank accounts, and $13,078.67 in cash that was seized from his person and from various locations inside Ace Amusements on January 25, 2016. Muzyka is scheduled to be sentenced on November 15. This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Connecticut State Police, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, Connecticut Department of Correction, Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney’s Office, and the New Haven, North Haven, Milford, West Haven, Wallingford, Hamden and Orange Police Departments.

9/28/2018 We always appreciate it when we receive community support; last week we had a few visits from some of our friends in the Orange school system, all of whom stopped by police headquarters to drop off cards, drawings and snacks. Pictured below are some of our buddies with officers from the patrol division. Thanks, guys!

9/22/2018 The Orange Police Department is trying to help our friend Jaxx find his way back home...have you seen him?

We have a couple more photos from Officer Knepper's swearing-in. The first is from his academy graduation, where he is pictured with his father, James Knepper, a Captain in the Hawthorne, NJ Police Department. The second is Officer Knepper with Chief Gagne, Police Commissioner Marian Hurley, Police Commission Chairman Jack Barton and Police Chaplain Peter Orfanakos.

9/21/2018 The Orange Police Department today welcomed its newest officer, Charles 'Chase' Knepper. Chase is from Hawthorne, NJ, where his father is a Captain with the Hawthorne PD. Chase is a 2017 graduate of the University of New Haven, where he earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. During his time at UNH, Chase participated in the Orange PD internship program. We wish Chase a long and safe career with our agency. Below you will see photos from Chase's swearing-in ceremony. Orange Police Commission Chairman Jack Barton administered the oath of office. Chase's mother pinned his badge.

On 9/20/18 at 1:39 am, the Orange Police Department responded to the report of a burglary in progress at Target, 25 Boston Post Road. Orange police officers, with the assistance of West Haven police officers, set up a perimeter around the business and apprehended Albanian national Shkodran Jahiu, age 20, from Bronx, NY. An extensive search of the business and surrounding area for the additional suspect was negative. Further investigation revealed that the suspects had used a ladder to access the roof of the building where they cut a hole in the roof. The suspects then forced their way through the sheet rock ceiling of the business and attempted to gain entry into an ATM machine by using a sledge hammer and pry bar. Mr. Jahiu was arrested and charged with Burglary 1st Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary 1st Degree, Criminal Attempt to Commit Larceny 1st Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Larceny 1st Degree, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, and Possession of Burglary Tools. Mr. Jahiu is being held on a $500,000 bond pending arraignment on 9/21/18. The investigation remains open and anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sean Murphy of the Investigative Services Unit at 203-891-2138.

9/20/2018 The Orange Police Department received a complaint at 1:39 am of a burglary in progress at Target, 25 Boston Post Road in Orange. One suspect was apprehended on scene. The investigation is still active and no further information will be released at this time. Anyone with information about this incident can call Sergeant Michael Kosh of the Investigative Services Unit at 203-891-2138.

9/14/18 As previously mentioned in this space, we now have a prescription drug drop-off box in the main lobby of police headquarters at 314 Lambert Road. This box was provided for use of the Orange Community by the Bethany Orange Woodbridge Drug/Alcohol Action Committee (BOWDAAC), led by Joni Nordstrom. It was through a generous donation from BOWDAAC that we were able to obtain this device. The box is available 24/7/365. All you have to do is bring in any unwanted over-the-counter or prescription drugs and drop them them into the box, which is designed to operate just like a mailbox. If you need a bag for your items, they are available right at the box. If you need a marker to block out any personal information listed on your prescription labels, those are available at the service counters in the lobby. The Orange Police Department will unload the box on a regular basis and transport the items inside for destruction, therefore keeping them out of the hands of children or preventing them from being dumped into our water system. Below you will find photos of the drop-off box positioned in our lobby. Also, the second photo shows Lt. Heather LaRock, Assistant Chief Max Martins, Joni Nordstrom of BOWDAAC, and Chief Robert Gagne. The last photo shows Joni standing next to the dedication label on the drop-off box itself.

9/3/2018 The officers of the Orange Police Department weren't the only ones working on Labor Day- Jennifer and Amanda from the Orange Olive Garden restaurant stopped by and surprised the day shift with lunch- Thanks Olive Garden!

August 23, 2018 at 1612 hrs- The Orange Police Department responded to a motor vehicle accident in the area of Route 34 near Routes 114 & 152. The Derby Police Department attempted to stop a stolen vehicle in their town, but the vehicle did not stop. Derby officers continued behind the vehicle into Orange, where the vehicle became involved in a number of collisions with other motorists. It appears that at least six vehicles were involved in the collision, with four suffering disabling damage. No police vehicles were involved in any collision. Several people were transported to local hospitals with non life threatening injuries. The operator of the stolen vehicle was taken into custody. Three passengers fled the scene and were taken into custody shortly thereafter as a result of the Derby, Woodbridge, Orange, Milford, East Haven, and West Haven Police Departments working together. The Orange Volunteer Fire Department was on scene as well, making the scene safe for officers and the traveling public. All suspects appear to be juveniles; no information can be released regarding their identities at this time.

Our friends at the Derby Police Department made some narcotics arrests recently- Orange PD K-9 Trent, at the direction of handler Officer Mary Bernegger, assisted with the investigation and apprehension of the accused. Excellent teamwork by all involved- read more about this case below:

8/16/2018- Yesterday marks a big milestone for one of our dispatchers- Dave Mirmina completed thirty years of service with the Orange Police Department. As we've mentioned in this space before, public safety dispatcher is probably the most difficult job in our agency. Our dispatchers handle calls for police, fire and EMS. It can be hectic, stressful, and chaotic at times. It's not a job for everyone. Now that Dave Mirmina is beginning year 31, we thought we'd look back on his first employee ID photo... Hasn't changed a bit.

8/14/2018 Scam Alert- The Orange Police Department would like to make the public aware of a new variation on an old scam. Recently, a handful of local businesses were targeted by scammers who called them pretending to be the local electric utility company (United Illuminating). During these scams, the callers tell the businesses that they are behind on their electric bills, and that the electricity will be shut off immediately unless a payment is made. The callers then request payment be made through 'cash cards', 'gift cards', or other non-traditional methods. When the businesses comply and give the callers the payments, the callers demand even more payments, and that is usually when the victims turn to police for assistance. Businesses in Orange have lost over $4200 to these scams in the last month. If you receive a call of this nature, or ANY type of suspicious call, remember: 1) Most legitimate businesses will conduct official business in writing. 2) NO legitimate business will accept payment via gift cards, iTunes, or 'cash cards'. 3) You can always hang up the phone and call the business directly. If you legitimately owe money, they will work with you to make payments in a proper fashion. 4) Remember that scammers can 'edit' the number you see on your Caller ID; just because it says, for example, "United Illuminating" or "IRS" does not mean these businesses/agencies are actually the people on the phone. The people calling you may not even be inside this country. 5) If you feel something is 'off' about a call you received, contact the police department for assistance.

Saturday, 8/4/2018: Please be advised that the OVFD Carnival will open at 3 pm today. This delay is due to weather conditions, and this post will be updated as necessary.

Officer Chris Brown & K9 Loki take 1st Place- The Connecticut K9 Olympics were held on July 28th in Enfield. Our own Officer Chris Brown and K-9 Loki finished 1st among all participants. There were 35 K9 teams in total from various local police agencies along with Connecticut State Police, State of Connecticut Department of Corrections and even teams from Massachusetts. The Connecticut K-9 Olympics is entering its 27th year. Teams are evaluated during a competition in an arena style setting. Areas of competition include, but are not limited to, obedience, obstacles, building search, marksmanship, and an apprehension K-9 drill. Money raised through the sales of shirts and food, and from donations, is returned to local charities. This year money raised will go to the Hometown Foundation (SPECIAL OLYMPICS), "CHIPS" Program, Shriners Children's Burn Centers and other 'police related' charities. Check out some of the action below, in photos supplied by Kim Carino Photography. Want to learn more about the Connecticut K9 Olympics? Click here: http://k9-olympics.police.uconn.edu/ Want to learn more about Kim Carino photography, including photos of other working dogs? click here: https://www.kimcarinophotography.com/