Go Ahead, East Haven: 'Ask the Chief'

East Haven Interim Police Chief Brent Larrabee is blogging on East Haven Patch — and there's still time for you to ask him your question!

Over the last several weeks, East Haven Patch has added several new bloggers to our spectrum of Local Voices.

And today, we're excited to announce the most recent addition to our growing blog roll: East Haven Interim Police Chief .

Larrabee, who was by on Feb. 15, will be writing 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!

(Editor's Note: This article originally ran on April 2.)

TONY April 02, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Chief can you explain why patrol cars are rairly seen in Morgan Point. Officers pass through about three times a week and are out of the area in minuets. When I was a youth cars were assigned to each area of the town and would only leave the area if they got a call. We got to know our officer and it truly helped with crime in the area. How will you organize patrols.
Tina S April 02, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Chief, As you are aware, hundreds of undocumented immigrates are driving down Main St and other parts of town with no insurance and no license. My mother was rear ended on frontage Rd last year by one. Is this problem going to continue to be addressed or ignored due to political pressure? I once read East Haven police issued 1000 tickets for No License in past years. What else can be done to get unlicensed, unregistered and uninsured vehicles off the road way?
Richard Poulton April 02, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Good moorning Chief. With your department being depleted with retirements and with the issue of the other 4 not soon to be resolved your department, mainly the uniform patrol division, will be severly short staffed. With this serious OT must be spent just to cover minimum needs. So, my question is, seeing it take months into over a year sometimes to put together a class of recruits, gets them into and out of an acadamy, and in house rookie status, why isn't the pool of already certified officers within the state, and there is a list as you know, that can be brought in, do what ever in service training is required and get the patrol unit back to strength? Save time and especially money. Good luck. By the way, I have been retired WAY to long from the NHPD (detective) otherwise I would re-join.
Chief Larabee, What do you view as the greatest strengths and weaknesses of The Police Department and enforcing the laws that are on the books and what do you plan to do as Chief to utilize the tools at your command and make sure East Haven not only remains safe but the raises the bar so that all residents can feel safe out on the streets and in their homes?
Ozzie April 02, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Mr. Poulton from what I hear the State is being very stringent when it comes to lateral transfers with certified officer flunking almost all who have taken the Coopers Standard test for one reason or another. One officer was flunked 3 times even when the hiring Police Department's training Officer counted the sit-ups the State Certification officer said he only did 23 when he did the required 26. On the good side come July 1st that test is suppose to be over with for lateral transfers research Ct House Bill 5294
Matt Lyons April 02, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Did you guys find my dvd player yet?
Anthony M April 04, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Tina, Have you not seen the news in the last year? The police are no longer allowed to stop the illegal drivers because they are calling it racial profiling. so we will have to deal with it along with the excessive speeds, loud stereos and obnoxious exhaust systems. You can thank the media, father manship and the democratic party.
Lise Cavallaro April 04, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Will there be a police presence down the beach this year? One annoyance in EH that I have found when walking my dog, is whenever there is a football, baseball, soccer game at the High School, many cars are parked in the handicapped areas without a handicap tag, and obviously the people getting out of the cars do not have a handicap. For instance, this past Sunday there was a group of people playing baseball, and pick up trucks are parked on the grass. It would be nice to see a patrol car go through and enforce the parking laws.
Peter T. Cianelli April 04, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Excellent comment Tina.... My daughter drives a School Bus in our town and her bus was hit by illegals also.... We have a big problem in our Town, State & Country with these undocumented immigrants that will not abide by the laws of our Country... I ask the Chief,.... My question are.... Will the EHPD do everything possible to stop these illegals from driving on our streets with phony license plates and no documention ?? Will the EHPD set up DUI check points along the west end of town ? .... thanks Pete Cianelli !
Rosie April 05, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Great question, Tina! I was hit head on by an illegal with my children in the car. Totalled the car, we were all hurt. But low and behold, he had no insurance...and no license...and the vehicle was unregistered...and he couldn't speak a lick of english.....imagine that!! And the bleeding heart liberals in this town want to rally to protect them!! Who is protecting us?? Because, obviously, the police can't for fear of being accused of racial profiling....But hey, we don't want to offend anyone, do we:)
044 April 05, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Can I get a holiday tomorrow?
melissa April 05, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I believe this town is in a mess. So i believe us residence need to stick together and help out a bit. Is that so hard" watch out for one another...lend a hand its sad that people are very rude lets help out!


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