STAMFORD, Conn. -- A Community Policing Awards Ceremony last week recognized 22 law enforcement officers and community members in Connecticut.
The ceremony in New Haven was hosted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut.
“At heart, community policing is a philosophy that each of us, members of law enforcement and communities alike, have a stake in keeping our cities and towns safe and secure places to live,” said Deirdre Daly, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. “During National Community Policing Week, we celebrate our commitment to supporting the practice of community policing. Police can never solve public safety problems alone. We encourage active community collaboration to improve safety, build public trust and deepen understanding between police and the communities they serve."
The nominees, whom Daly called "excellent examples of the best in community policing and community relations," are:
Beacon Falls Police Department Officer Caroline O’Bar
Bristol Police Department Officer Jace Deluca
Connecticut State Police Trooper First Class Stephen Pickett , Killingly Resident Trooper
Coventry Police Department Sgt. Michael McDonagh
Farmington Police Department Officer Joseph P. Capodiferro
Hartford Police Department Lt. Michael Cacioli, Lt. Gabriel Laureano
Ledyard Police Department Officer Rick McSwain
Middletown Police Department Sgt. Michael Lukanik
New Haven Police Department Officer Elsa Berrios
Norwalk Police Department Lt. Terrence Blake, Sgt. Sophia Gulino, Officer Felipe Taborda
Norwalk Police Department Officer Cesar Ramirez.
Norwich Police Department Officer Christopher Chastang
Town of Southington Chris Conlon, Smokin With Chris
Stamford Police Department and Domus Kids Inc., Sgt. Joe Kennedy, Francesca Principe
Stamford Police Department, Officer Jerry Junes
Suffield Police Department, Sgt. Geoffrey Miner, Dispatcher Nicholas Fasano
Windsor Police Department, Officer Joshua Amar