NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- New Canaan Police are beefing up their presence in the center of town to deter crime and traffic accidents, Chief Leon Krolikowski announced Wednesday.
He said the decision to assign Officer Ron Bentley as the community impact officer beginning Tuesday came as a result of discussions with town merchants and electronic surveys.
"In the recent past, we have seen out-of-state career criminals come to our Town and commit serious crimes," Krolikowski said. "Moreover, we have had serious pedestrian accidents and an increase in distracted driving within the business district."
The town maintained its complement of 47 sworn officers in the budget process and that's allowed the department to assign Bentley to the CIO position, Krolikowski said.
"Officer Bentley will connect with merchants, residents and visitors in the center-of-town. He will deter criminal activity, enforce traffic laws, and make our village a safer place to both visit and do business in," Krolikowski said.
Bentley has served with the department for more than 10 years, as a patrol officer, dispatcher, field training officer, bicycle patrol officer, honor guard officer and school resource officer. Bentley was raised in New Canaan and graduated from New Canaan High School.