Patch Challenge: Cops to raise funds for autism awareness

Ridgefield police cruisers will be sporting an extra badge this spring, as part of a “patch challenge” to raise funding and awareness for autistic children. Police Chief Jeff Kreitz said the department was approached by the New Rochelle Police Department, which asked if his department would take part in fund raising for Christopher’s Voice. The nonprofit foundation was started by … read more

More traffic signs on Blue Ridge Road, fewer on Ned’s Mountain Road

Traffic signs are coming to Blue Ridge Road — just as the town has plans to take others down on Ned’s Mountain Road. The town Police Commission decided Thursday, Feb. 14, to replace two 25 miles-per-hour speed limit signs at both ends of Blue Ridge Road, and install 20 miles-per-hour advisory signs to the road’s dangerous corner signs. “Blue Ridge … read more

“Incidents versus arrests:” Ridgefield police cleared 35% of crimes in 2018

The Ridgefield police made arrests in 25% of the 188 criminal offenses they recorded last year, according to a report presented to the Police Commission on Feb. 14. Nineteen other crimes were cleared through “exceptional means,” giving the department an overall clearance rate of 35% in 2018. “Incidents versus arrests — you want to have the number of arrests as … read more

Marconi, police chief eye Juvenile Review Board

A juvenile review board — an appointed board of counselors and attorneys tasked with interceding in the cases of underage offenders — has the support of the chief of police and first selectman. The idea has been floated by the town for the past two years, according to First Selectman Rudy Marconi. Former Police Chief John Roche had proposed the … read more

Ridgebury’s arrow signs may be fewer some day

The numerous arrow signs that appeared in Ridgebury late last year — 17 on the sweeping S-curve of Old Stagecoach Road, and another 26 along winding Ned’s Mountain Road — may be reduced in number. Eventually, town officials hope. “The good news is that we will eventually be able to take signs down,” Police Commission Chairman George Kain said after … read more

Democrats seek candidate for vacant Police Commission seat

The Ridgefield Democratic Town Commission (DTC) is seeking candidates to fill a vacant seat on the Police Commission. Police Commissioner Stephen Saloom resigned from his position effective Jan. 1, 2019, pursuant to a temporary work relocation to the Washington, DC area. Per the town’s charter, the Police Commission has 30 days to fill the vacancy and must fill the vacancy … read more

Letter: Serving on Police Commission was an honor

To the Editor: It’s with sincere regret that I resign my seat on the Ridgefield Board of Police Commissioners, effective Jan. 1, 2019, due to a necessary yet temporary move to Washington D.C., I was honored to have been elected commissioner in 2017. My hope was to share with Ridgefield, the Commission, and the Police Department that which I’ve learned … read more

In Ridgebury, state goes sign crazy

Signs, signs, signs — a seeming truckload of them, have been put up by the state in Ridgebury, and the town is working to get them taken down. “They are back to back,” Conservation Commission member Eric Beckenstein told the Board of Selectmen. “My car thinks it’s running into a wall.” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the board that he’d … read more

Kreitz sworn in as Chief of Police

Ridgefield Police Chief Jeff Kreitz was sworn in during a ceremony at Lounsbury House Wednesday, Nov. 14. Police Commission Chair Charlie Knoche delivered a speech before town clerk Wendy Lionetti led Kreitz in reciting his oath as Chief of Police. Molly Kreitz, his wife, pinned the police chief’s badge on the lapel of his uniform. Commission secretary George Kain and … read more

Police chief search starts with insiders

The search for a new police chief will start close to home — inside the Ridgefield Police Department — though a broader search may be undertaken if interviews with three applicants currently serving the town don’t bring a consensus as to the best choice, Police Commission Chairman Charles Knoche said. “We know what their qualification are, we know they’re capable. … read more

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