Archive for January, 2011

GPD Citizens Academy Accepting Applications

Monday, January 31st, 2011


The Greenwich Police Department is accepting applications for the 2011 Citizen’s Police Academy Spring session. The 5-week program will commence on Thursday April 26, 2011 and will meet each Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Greenwich Police Department. Two Saturday classes will also be held from 11 am-3 pm on May 7th and 21st 2011. Graduation will be held on Thursday May 26, 2011. Completed applications and a motor vehicle operator’s license photocopy must be received at the Greenwich Police Department Community Impact Section no later than Monday April 15th 2011.

The Citizen’s Police Academy provides Greenwich residents with a first-hand overview of both law enforcement and community-related functions of their Police Department.

Topics of instruction include:

Introduction to Policing Community Impact Section
Use of Force Scams/Fraud
Patrol Procedures Crime prevention
Motor Vehicle Stops/DUI, Narcotics Investigations
Special Response Unit / K-9 Domestic Violence Investigations
Crime Scenes (CSI) Criminal Investigations/Special Victims

Instructors for the program are highly-trained and experienced Greenwich Police Officers. In addition to participating in role-playing exercises, attendees will accompany on-duty police personnel on boat and vehicle ride-a-longs which are scheduled beyond regular class times. A demonstration at the Police Firing Range will allow recruits to participate in mock scenarios where an officer may or may not have to fire their weapon.

Applicants must be a Greenwich resident and 18 years of age or older. There is no fee for the five-week program; however, the Department requests that applicants be committed to the full five-week program. The class size is limited to 40 students. Due to the high demand for this course, qualified applicants will be subject to a lottery drawing to determine the final class roster.

A criminal history background check will be performed on all applicants. Accepted recruits will be contacted during the week of April 15, 2011.

Applicants will attend classes as follows:
April 26, 28 – May 3, 5, 7,10,12,17,19,21,24,and 26..

Applications may be obtained in person at the Greenwich Police Department front desk, Greenwich Town Hall reception desk, or downloaded from the Town of Greenwich web site by visiting

Any questions should be directed to the Greenwich Police Department Community Impact Section at 203-618-8308. The Session coordinator is Sgt. Michael Reynolds.

January 25, 2011

A Day of Penance

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

I was reminded in the weekly bulletin of St. Mary’s on the Avenue, that “the [Catholic] bishops of the United States have designated Saturday, January 22, as a special Day of Penance for the Pro-life cause. They have designated this as a day for all Catholics in the United States to either abstain from meat (as on Fridays in Lent) or to perform some other Act of Penance (saying the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, etc.) in reparation to God for the sins against life committed in our country and as an act of prayer for the protection of all human life.” (more…)

I Wish I Had Said That:

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

The other day a friend sent me an email with this link to the blog of law professor Ann Althouse. (READER WARNING BEFORE YOU CLICK ON THE LINK:  Professor Althouse’s site links to the website of Rush Limbough, which apparently offends some readers.)

The quote, below, on Professor Althouse’s website, (a quote I wish I said) highlights the human rights abuses in China:“The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Winner hosted a dinner for the guy holding the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner in prison…”

I would have felt proud if at the dais of the recent State Dinner for China the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner had placed an empty chair for the 2010 winner as a noble silent protest. I guess I’d never make it in the diplomatic corp. I’m told etiquette dictates you shouldn’t insult someone you invite for dinner.  So maybe the root question is should there have been a State dinner at all for China’s President Hu Jintao.  Some people, including former White House Advisor Karl Rove think we shouldn’t have. (more…)