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Larrabee New Interim Police Chief (VIDEO)

Mayor Maturo swears in the former Stamford Police Chief as the interim head of the East Haven Police Department Tuesday.

Update on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.

Video of a portion of the press conference at the with East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo introducing new interim Police Chief Brent Larrabee to the community following Tuesday's swearing in ceremony has been added to the gallery that accompanies this article.

Update on Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.

East Haven's new Interim Chief of Police Brent Larrabee will earn $98,000 a year, according to the terms of his contract with the town. The contract, which went into effect today, is posted in the gallery that accompanies this article.

East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo swore in newly appointed interim Police Chief Brent Larrabee earlier today. Larrabee, Maturo — along with other town and police officials — then met with members of the press and the community following the private ceremony.

East Haven Patch will have additional updates on this story, including video from today's press conference.

Original Story (Monday afternoon)

Mayor Joseph Maturo has made it official: he will be appointing former Stamford Police Chief Brent Larrabee as the interim head of the

Larrabee will be sworn in tomorrow duringa private ceremony with his family and friends, according to the

A brief press conference will be held at 11 a.m. in the Community Room, 277 Main Street (across from Town Hall).

Public Reception

Immediately following, a public reception will be held, also in the Hagaman Memorial Library Community Room, where members of the East Haven community are encouraged to attend and meet the Interim Chief.

"Brent is exactly the kind of leader we need in East Haven right now," Maturo stated in a press release announcing the appointment Monday morning. "He brings a career of policing experience working to provide community oriented, progressive public safety practices in diverse communities."

Several had indicted that Maturo had decided on Larrabee to fill the interim police chief post, after former Police Chief Leonard Gallo

And it appears that that choice has now been made official.

"I look forward to working with the Mayor, the Officers in the Department, community leaders and neighborhood groups to strengthen confidence in policing and bring a standard of excellence to East Haven," Larrabee stated in the release.

Long Police Career

According to the mayor's office, Larrabee previously served as Chief in the Stamford Police Department from 2005 to 2010 where he lead the police force to implement neighborhood policing, created community coalitions and worked to diversify the agency, all while keeping the focus on providing responsible public safety.

In 2008, Chief Larrabee received the Distinguished Police Chief’s Award from the Police Commissioner’s Association of Connecticut.

Previously, Larrabee rose through the ranks of the Framingham, Mass. Police Department. He become the department's police chief in 1987. Most recently, he has been consulting law enforcement agencies on all aspects of operations, the mayor's office reported.

Larrabee holds his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Framingham State College in Framingham, Mass/ and a Bachelor’s of Science in Law Enforcement from Northeastern University in Boston. Both degrees reportedly earned with honors.

Coronado February 16, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Patrick, I think you might be treading on dangerous ground. If illegals show up for a march or a potest who are we to complain? You can't target demonstrators because they look or sound foreign. Let it go... I guarantee you there are bigger fish to fry with respect to criminal activity.
Coronado February 16, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Rosie, In your zeal to appear superior you focus on insignificant, irrelevant minute details. Please stay on topic.
what's right is right February 16, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Coronado... i think i'm in love...if only this thread were here yesterday..i would have asked you to be my valentine!!!! it's so refreshing to hear some good old fashion logic and reasoning!!!! every time i read a comment from rosie or luigi or lisa c...it reminds me of the days i used to have to hear sarah palin on the t.v. whining and complaining about "the media"..lol.... so glad you joined the conversation!!!
Rosie February 16, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Hahahaha, you really are amusing. I don't need to appear superior...you make it so easy for me. Anyway, I am bored with you. Have a nice night!!
Rosie February 16, 2012 at 12:33 AM
We absolutely agree that it is wrong to lump everyone in the same group. It's like saying all italians are in the mob, or all irish are drunks...this just is not true. We definately need immigration reform. I just don't think it is fair that people that came here illegally get the same rights and the same benefits as those of us that pay the taxes that support those benefits. Especially when most middle class can not qualify for those benefits. I just think that is wrong.
Robin Carlson February 16, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Rosie: probably not the right forum but, my limited understanding of people who are not citizens yet live here are: they really want to be citizens and it's very difficult to become one post 9-11. I want to learn more about it but I've heard the stories of people who paid lawyers, filled out mounds of paperwork and wait for years and years. Anyway, it's nice to know there is agreement immigration reform is needed. I believe most people, regardless of their status, would be thrilled to know they contribute to a better society.
Rosie February 16, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Wow...and yet another name!! You must be real bored to keep switching names like this. How amusing...
Coronado February 16, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Rosie if I make it easy for you why can't you develop your own style of writing? Why must you pilfer the style of activists? You strike as an immature, jealous, cyberstalking, gaslighting cop. The real activists on this thread see right through you. You appear desperate and pathetic. Get a life and stop leeching off the activists.
Coronado February 16, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Rosie, An ounce of pretention is worth a pound of bull-crap. You wish you were an activist, but you are cop. You wish you had breeding and style, but you dont. You sound affected, pretentious, pompous and absurd. Now, can we get back on topic?
Rosie February 16, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Ok, last comment to you, although you are not worthy. Sorry, babe, I am not a cop. I am in the education field, so wrong again. I guess you didn't see through anyone, huh?? And I am not a activist, nor do I wish to be, as most activists have very little in the way of a real life. (Take you, for example). I have more class than you will ever dream of having, and you will never equal me in intelligence. Like I said, although this has been fun and you amuse me, I am finished with you. NOW we can get back on topic.
Ivanna D. Truth February 16, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Maturo said he felt there was “a lot of transparency,” since Justice was notified of the decision and a public announcement was issued Transparency is sneaking around, making deals, lying to taxpayers and announcing it after its signed? Someone get KimJoe Taco a dictionary.
Ann Della Camera February 16, 2012 at 04:52 AM
I could not not have said it better LIsa, this shows what little respect Jocobo has for seniors or any other woman. Whoever Jocobo is he/she showed their ignorance once again. Having spent over an hour now reading all the string, I am amazed at how childish some can be. I explained myself as to racist, and it stands. I see many nationalties in East Haven, that ar hard working and caring. I hope you join me in telling them all to give it a rest. No march, and seek peace by just keeping quiet. Again I thank you Lisa.
Ann Della Camera February 16, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Patrick you are a breath of fresh air. You said it like it is. Nice to see some intelligence on here.
Ann Della Camera February 16, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Ivanna, I see your still name calling, grow up, have some respect. How would you like it if I put a smear tag to your name and it could be done. However I don't want to sink to your level.
Zoe Montenegro February 16, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Now that we have been graced by the humble, self effacing, brilliant, original and truthfull Rosie, I would like to discuss politics. Specifically, the politics of harassment under the color of law. Okay with you, Thornton, Brooks, and Jacober?
Ivanna D. Truth February 16, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Respect is earned and Maturo has earned zilch.
Who Me Matter !!! February 16, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Patrick, Civil rights are rights that an individual enjoys by virtue of citizenship. Civil rights have the protection of the constitution. They protect the you from discrimination, unjustifiable action by others, such as governments or organizations.Your civil rights are a agreement between you & your nation. On a legal & philosophical basis Human Rights where not conceived till after World War II. A document entitled " The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 " Basically saying that Human rights are universally accepted rights regardless of nationality, religion and ethnicity. You say, " everyone has basic human and civil rights. But everyone does not have the rights the founding fathers gave us in the Constiution. " Thats a false statement . How can you say everyone has Human & Civil rights, then in the same sentence say they don't have those civil rights granted by the United States Constituion. What civil rights are you referring to ? Everyone is protected by the U.S Constituion, Everyone, even foreigners...
Julie Weisberg (Editor) February 16, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Everyone: This has been a busy and engaging thread — which I am sure will continue. But just a quick reminder to focus on the issues related to the article (new interim chief, East Haven Police, etc) and not on each other. Thanks!
DonnaR February 16, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Coronado, My point was that I don't believe the DOJ should have input as to who becomes the Chief of Police in East Haven. When Local government loses the right to hire whomever they want, FREEDOM is lost. As freedoms are lost under the guise of PROTECTIONISM, WE ALL LOOSE. You(rhetorically) attack ideas with out offering a solution. We stay focused on pouring salt on the wound rather than help heal. I have heard that “ new grassroots organization has been created to help provide a public voice to, and bring together members of, East Haven's immigrant community”. One it needs to include the Entire East Haven community, as there are many of us who would like to participate in a true Reconciliation. AS of yet no public information (this would be the place) has come forward on how to contact this group. I for one would like to.
Who Me Matter !!! February 16, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Patrick, Don't take it as me being condescending, I absolutely respect what you post & you seemigly have a good disposition. But most people, Especially a majority of people in this thread have a somewhat delusional interpretation of the U.S Constituion. But again, Not looking to start an immigration debate, But to clarify a statement..
Who Me Matter !!! February 16, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I agree with Gene Roucco, Why didn't we hire Mannion or Nappi ? Not saying Larrabee isn't capable, But one can't happen to think that one of the acting chiefs wouldn't have had a rapport with our police officers ... Certainly I could be wrong, But it's doubtful !
Hal Jaliekakick February 16, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Having grown up and served as police chief of Framingham, Mass, a town of 70K+ legal residents and one of the largest brazilian populations outside of Rio di Janiero, Larrabee is no stranger to the politics of immigration and the resultant fear mongering that "native" residents resort to.
Ann Della Camera February 16, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Ivanna you have that right, so when doi you plan to practice it. Now I see you are even insulting the Chinese with your use of KIM, shame on you. Grow up or get a life, hopefull in New Haven where I don't have to read your dribble any longer
Ann Della Camera February 16, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Julie, you are really a sweetie and I wish some would listen to you.All this dribble and name calling is so sick. I have better things to do with my time then spend an hour reading th 70% worth of Opinionated people who just don't want to give things a chance. The other 30% at least are intelligent and trying to find a way to bring some peace and a March on the town is not the answer. I see that 70% pushing for a town problem, and they are going to spur it on until they get it. So sad this town has sunk to this level.. Thanks Julie for the hard work, but until these things start making good common sense and the children stop the name calling, for a while it will be ,DELETE, DELETE, DELETE. Keep up the good work Julie
Ivanna D. Truth February 16, 2012 at 09:13 PM
So Ann you are saying my opinion on Maturo, because its critical of his communist like approach to running the town isnt welcome? That is part of the problem. By the way, my reference to Kim had nothing to do with Chinese,, it refrenced North Koreas late dictator and his self serving approach to leadership. Nice tru trying to portray me in a racist light though.
Sonora February 17, 2012 at 12:16 AM
One thing is for sure, Maturo won the beauty contest. Bye Marc, Tammi, Mary and Karen! The Gilford .P.D. hates you.
Sonora February 17, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Oc spray stinks. The police spray it on surfaces that victims will be sleeping, or sitting on in order to make the victims smell like feces.
Ann Della Camera February 17, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Ivanna, or who ever your are, I see you still have the same attitute, perhaps you should go live in South Korea and see what a sad life is really like. To be as insulting as you are, your taking advantage of freedom of speech in this country. Go visit you South Korea buddie and see if you can call them names. Also, my husband was in the Korea Action, and the horrors there we don't need here. So get a life, hopefully on the next plane to China or South Korea, try living in that world for awhile and perhaps than you will appreciate the one you live in now.
Ann Della Camera February 17, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Ivanna, if the shoe fits wear it
Miguel Cardoza February 17, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Why do you think all Latino's are not citizens? You should realize the majority are citizens. Many are here legally, and are hard working tax payers, who are only trying to what is best for them and their family. This is the problem in a nutshell. Those that are citizens are being profiled and harassed because of the way they look and/or the hue of their skin

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