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3 Questions for Police Chief Matthew Canelli: Oct. 12

North Branford's police chief updates us on new officers on the road, Halloween safety tips and his favorite thing about North Branford.

North Branford Patch: What's new at the North Branford Police Department? 
Matthew Canelli: As of Oct. 1, Officers Massimo Piroli and Thomas Pacelli finished their field training requirement for the CT Police Academy and are now on the road. They began the process one year ago, which illustrates the substantial training requirement mandated by the state of Connecticut. All of this training must be completed before they can go on patrol by themselves. 

North Branford Patch: What's something residents should know?
Matthew Canelli:  As we approach Halloween, please keep these tips in mind when trick-or-treating:

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • Remind Trick-or-Treaters:
    • By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen by others.
    • Stay in a group, walk slowly and communicate where you are going.
    • Only trick-or-treat in well known neighborhoods at homes that have a porch light on.
    • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
    • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
    • Never cut across yards.
    • Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.
    • Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
    • Always walk. Never run across a street.
    • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom).
    • Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway or alley.
    • Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will.
    • Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered.
    • No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
    • North Branford Police should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activities.

North Branford Patch: What is your favorite thing about North Branford? 
Matthew Canelli: The open space and farmland.

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