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Police Commission Doesn't Decide on Budget Cuts

K-9 Corp set to launch in July.

The North Branford Police Commission returned from an executive session at last night's meeting and didn't vote or comment on proposed budget cuts of $110,000 that were mandated by the Town Council in its recently proposed $47.43 million budget for 2011-12.

One council member said it is difficult to determine actual cuts and another meeting will be scheduled to address the issue.

The one piece of new business discussed at the meeting was the completion of training of the town's K-9 corp. Officer Mauro Piroli and a German shepherd named Chase will complete training July 6 and the team will go right into service.

The town has not had a K-9 team for nearly 15 years, but held a fundraising drive last fall that raised more than $12,000 that paid $6,500 for the dog and additional expenses for equipment. A local veterinarian will donate his services.

Officer Piroli and the dog have been in training since April.

The commission also approved the closure of North Street for four hours on Sept. 11 to accommodate a fundraiser picnic that will be attended by 200 people.

At the beginning of last night's meeting, Police Chief Matthew Canelli reported 1,049 incidents for the month of May, including 25 criminal arrests and 29 motor vehicle accidents.

The department has collected $6,861 for alarms and pistol permits. The money goes to the town.

Joe Tomaso June 17, 2011 at 10:41 AM
not to stir the pot, but with east haven cutting their dog, how many times will they rely on north branfords? i dont think its fair that north branfords residents should be footing the bill for east haven either
Jenn McCulloch June 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM
Here's a link to a story about EH's cut: http://easthaven.patch.com/articles/town-to-talk-with-police-union-on-k-9-programs-fate

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