Go Ahead, East Haven: 'Ask the Chief'

East Haven Interim Police Chief Brent Larrabee is blogging on East Haven Patch — and wants to answer your questions!

It's the first Monday of the month, and that means it's time for East Haven Patch readers to "ask the chief."

East Haven Interim Police Chief is one of the more recent additions to our growing Local Voices section of bloggers.

Larrabee, who was by on Feb. 15, now writes a blog once a month. The monthly posts will serve as a vehicle to answer readers' questions about the .

On the first Monday of each month, we'll publish an article asking readers to post their questions in the comments section. Questions can also be emailed to askthechief@easthavenpolice.com.

Then, we'll close submission on Wednesday at 6 p.m. And from there, we'll pick four of those questions for the chief to answer in his next blog.

So do YOU have a question? Well, go ahead — and ask the chief!

Richard Poulton May 08, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Chief, I don't have an actual question, but more or less I guess a thank you for the position you have come upon to be in. I have worked under 5 chiefs (NHPD) in my career, and not once could recall such interference such as what you are getting from your PC. A chief of police as you know is charged with the protection of the citizens within the community. He does this by making sure he not only has enough manpower to provide that responsibility but to make sure those doing so are the best trained and given the best equipment. But with the current PC being more concerned about past politics or in "getting back" at someone, you can not do the job you are charged with, and are doing so out of retirement in an already full career in this field. So I guess what I am saying is I realy feel you have stepped into a hornets nest and wish you and your department the best and at all times - always stay safe.
Richard Poulton May 08, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Chief, sorry about the return comment, but yes I do have one for you. Under whose authority is it to post speed limits within the town? I do believe that if a street/road is un-posted then the limit is 25 mph. Is that correct? I was led to believe that the responsibilities for such falls to the traffic authority, another name for the police commission. Who sets a speed limits if a lower speed on a certain street is requested to be reviewed for such posting? This question was posed to me by a friend and he was told by the PD when he called that it was under the jurisdiction of Zoning Enforcement. Can you provide correct info and a direction for such review and change of a street speed limit.
CitizenVoice May 08, 2012 at 07:05 PM
What ever became of the investigation into the stolen copper plumbing from several summer cottages at Morgan Point. It seems after the "storm" and the resulting damage and publicity, they were left vulnerable to theft as there were not enough police to patrol that area.
Becki Pastor May 08, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Just an ”out of curiosity” question.....why do I see patrol cars parked overnight at residences and I'm not talking about unmarked cars I mean actual patrol cars....I always wondered why patrol cars would be ” taken home”
Gene Ruocco May 09, 2012 at 10:57 AM
What happened to the investigation of the stolen money from the police dept safe? Are the results still seating on the desk at state level? I hear there is a cover up going on, is this true? Are there really four police officers involved? Please clear this up for all the people of East Haven. Thank you Chief, you are doing a great job, considering what you walked into. Hope you get what you need to hire as many police officers as you feel you need to protect the citizens of this town. Gene Ruocco ( Josy Wales)
Luigi (the original) May 09, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Yes chief, and perhaps you can shed some light on the Jimmy Hoffa case as well.
Rosie May 09, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Or maybe they were having lunch, to which they are entitled....it could be that. Is every thing a negative with you? You seem to do so much good, and yet you are so negative all the time. I just don't get it.
Rosie May 09, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Come on people, let's not turn this into a joke, too. This is an important blog. We want to encourage the Chief to communicate with the residents, not discourage him. Please, ask serious questions, in a serious manner.
Lise Cavallaro May 09, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Robert, I live in the area. There is always a patrol car parked behind Subway and Radio Shack and kids are known to hang out in back of A & P. I'm guessing they were doing their job. If they stepped out of their car to get some food, I'm sure that's allowed. I'm allowed to eat during the day at my job, as are many other people.
Bob Fawkes May 09, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Chief Larrabee, What is the current manpower situation in regard to: - Pending retirements, resignations or suspensions. - Number of staff out on either workers' compensation or nonwork related short or long term disability and anticipated outcomes (# of staff expected to return to work, retire or otherwise). - Number of officers expected to be hired and timeframes for expected hiring. - Estimated cost of overtime over the next three months or until the department of fully staffed. Thank you.
pamela May 09, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Gene dont the 5 police commissioners have acess to the police dept safe as well !!!
pamela May 09, 2012 at 06:27 PM
How come Gene Ruocco wasnt arrested when making a threat against the East Haven people and Dan McCann???
Mitch May 09, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Chief Larrabee, Do you as police chief have command of the Animal Control Officers in town? If not, would you know who they report to? I ask because there was a recent incident involving a friend of mine and a roaming pitbull and we both want to get some followup information. Unfortunately, the ACO's have been less than helpful, since it is their actions that we are questioning. Thank you.
pamela May 09, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I think this is serious, and people should know about the five commissiomers, I want to know !!!
pamela May 09, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I dont know why my question wasnt put on there , but I will try again , How could Gene Ruocco make a threat against the people in East Haven to shoot them and not have been arrested ??
ASmith May 09, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Chief Larrabee do ya think that it is wise for this here administration to fight the Consent Decree with the DOJ in the court system? Do ya know of any other departments that have fought the DOJ this way? What was the outcome? or maybe there arent any in the whole USA who did? How long can we expect this to go on? How much will it cost. Personally, I think it would be wiser to settle it and move on. It will jus make the lawyers richer. Will all the cost of fighting this go under your budget or the Town Attorneys budget? Many folks are still talking about this.
ASmith May 09, 2012 at 09:38 PM
We could hire more police with the money we will spend on legal fees.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) May 09, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Everyone: Submissions for questions to the chief is now closed (its just past 6pm on Wednesday!), but the thread, of course, will remain open for additional discussion. Just an FYI.
Lou May 10, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Trump Tower May 10, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Pam, Let me help you with your statement/question: emphatically NO! Where on earth would one come up with the assumption that Police Commissioners have access to the Police Department safe? Then again, little you have said to date has been based on fact, grammatically correct, accurate or true. It appears you love to feed the rumor mill. Newsflash - if things you stated were factual you wouldn't have to put so much effort into attempting to create distractions or circulate rumors. What is the benefit to making things up, it doesn't make the facts go away?
Becki Pastor May 10, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I'm not sure why asking a question that has puzzled me for over 8 years is being negative. And I am certainly not asking about someone's lunch break. I am asking specifically about officers bringing their patrol cars home and if this is normal practice. When we lived in New Haven, we had two neighbors on our street who were NHPD, one a patrolman and one higher up, Sargent I think (sorry I can't remember) and neither of them ever brought their PD vehicles home. Even for lunch. It was merely a question. I have the utmost respect for those who put their lives on the line for our safety every day. If this is a practice that is not allowed, then perhaps now is the time to end it, if it is allowed then my question is answered. I have no issue with either answer.
Trump Tower May 11, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Where did he ever "make a threat again the people in East Haven to shoot them"? What are you talking about, Pamela?
Trump Tower May 11, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Pamela, It appears an arrest has been made in that case today. Check your facts, seems you're wrong again with your accusations.
Rosie May 11, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Becki, my response wasn't directed to you. It was to Mr. Hoff, who had a comment posted, but now it is gone. He was asking why there was a subway bag in a patrol car, and if they were shopping while on duty. My response was that perhaps they were having lunch. I apologize if you thought I was talking to you. Apparently Mr. Hoff saw how ridiculous and childish his comment was and deleted it.


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