STAMFORD, Conn. — As chief of the Stamford Police Department, Jon Fontneau plans to continue the department’s focus on family and kids' programs.
“There are kids who may have been on the bubble that are no longer on the bubble,” Fontneau said during the news conference announcing his appointment Friday morning.
He said that having summer and after-school programs for children has helped lower the crime rate in Stamford. He also said that he will try to have some of the corporations and businesses in the city help expand the programs already in place.
“We have to invest in our kids,” the 32-year-veteran of the Stamford Police Department said.
The newly appointed chief also plans to meet with the mayor and other city officials to discuss a “hiring blitz.” He did not say the number of officers he would like to hire but did say he wanted to stay within the department’s budget. The department now has 269 officers, but had more than 310 several years ago, Fontneau said.
Fontneau takes over from Chief Robert Nivakoff who retired last month. He was the assistant chief and has led the department on an interim basis since Nivakoff's retirement.
“He has helped [Nivakoff] in putting the bricks in the wall,” Mayor Michael Pavia said of Fontneau’s part in building the department into what it is now.
The Board of Representatives still has to affirm Fontneau’s appointment, which will be done at its next regular meeting, scheduled for Nov. 13. He will be the 15th chief in the department's history.