SPA News

2022 Coppola Bike Helmet Giveaway
05/25/2022

The Stamford Police Association will be hosting the Timothy Coppola bike helmet giveaway this year. This event was started by retired officer Glenn Coppola after his son Timothy suffered a brain injury while riding his bicycle. His son Timothy succumbed to his injuries and died approximately two years after the accident at the age of 10. After the death of his son, Glenn and the SPA have been given away bike helmets to city children.

Hockey Fights Cancer Charity Game for Officer Doug Robinson
03/31/2022

This event is being held to benefit Doug Robinson, a 33 year veteran of the Stamford Police Department, who also spent 23 year as local high school hockey coach.

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Stamford Advocate Police News

Stamford men sentenced for dealing fentanyl disguised as oxycodone
08/09/2022

Arber Isaku, 32, was sentenced to 51 months in prison, and Vincent Decaro, also 32, was sentenced to 48 months in prison, federal authorities said.

Stamford man charged in attempted murder case sentenced to four years for probation violation
08/09/2022

A Stamford man facing an attempted murder charge was sentenced to four years on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to violating his probation twice.

Maryland man to face charges in stabbing of car service driver in Darien, police say
08/09/2022

Darien police say that the suspect in the stabbing of a car hire service driver in June was arrested in Maryland.

Stamford police investigating vandalism report arrest New York teen wanted for attempted murder
08/04/2022

Police captured a 17-year-old man wanted for attempted murder in New York during an unrelated vandalism investigation on Stamford’s West Side.

Norwalk man accepts 90-day jail sentence in return for probation program
08/03/2022

The man is accused of helping rob a friend at gunpoint after the two spent time together in 2019.

Dogs and smoke detectors help residents escape Stamford blaze, officials say
08/03/2022

A Stamford firefighter was sent to the hospital after falling about 6 feet when the burning porch collapsed, officials said.

Stamford Advocate Local News

Stamford schools choose new associate superintendent; new hire has been in district one year
08/10/2022

Lori Rhodes came to Stamford from California a year ago to look over secondary schools. A year later, she is one of three associate superintendents.

Stamford men sentenced for dealing fentanyl disguised as oxycodone
08/09/2022

Arber Isaku, 32, was sentenced to 51 months in prison, and Vincent Decaro, also 32, was sentenced to 48 months in prison, federal authorities said.

Stamford man charged in attempted murder case sentenced to four years for probation violation
08/09/2022

A Stamford man facing an attempted murder charge was sentenced to four years on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to violating his probation twice.

Maryland man to face charges in stabbing of car service driver in Darien, police say
08/09/2022

Darien police say that the suspect in the stabbing of a car hire service driver in June was arrested in Maryland.

Some CT towns are saying no to statewide rules on accessory apartments. Their reasons are complicated
08/09/2022

Towns have until 2023 to decide the fate of accessory apartments within their borders. Dozens have taken a position on state requirements that allow them.

Stamford’s summer youth theater tradition casts the mayor in a cameo. Who will Caroline Simmons play?
08/09/2022

Mayor Caroline Simmons will continue the long-standing tradition of the city’s mayor performing in Curtain Call’s annual youth production.

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Verizon Frontline debuts THOR's Hammer trailer for enhanced public safety communications
08/10/2022

The nearly 30-foot trailer can serve as a private 5G standalone network connected to the THOR command center vehicle

Man accused of killing 3 Ky. police officers pleads not guilty
08/10/2022

The slaying of three officers was the deadliest for law enforcement in a single incident in Kentucky since 1923

Video: Deputies arrest naked man who threw machete in attempted robbery
08/10/2022

One deputy identified the suspect because the incident was similar to an August 2021 incident involving the same man running naked in the area

Kobe Bryant crash photos suit against L.A. County sheriff's to be heard by jury
08/10/2022

Vanessa Bryant claims deputies did not take the photos for investigative purposes and shared them with firefighters who responded to the crash scene

Sheriff: Man who planned to ambush deputies drew diagram of 'kill zone'
08/10/2022

"What was his intent? To kill as many Richland County deputies as he could," Sheriff Leon Lott said

School safety funding landscape after the pandemic
08/10/2022

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act includes funding to expand mental health and support services in schools

Public Safety Labor News

Budget Discussions Do Not Equal Negotiations
09/01/2020

In late 2012, the City of Portland, Oregon began its budget process for the 2013-14 fiscal year anticipating a shortfall. The City asked the Fire Bureau to develop its budget using a modified zero-based budget approach, requesting up to 90 percent of current appropriation levels with prioritized add

Labor Board Refuses To Sever Detectives From Sworn Unit
09/01/2020

On October 4, 2019, the St. Petersburg Police Officers’ Association, Inc. (POA) filed a petition seeking to represent a bargaining unit consisting of police detectives employed by the City of St. Petersburg, Florida. The detectives are currently represented by the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Associa

Court Upholds Arbitrator’s Opinion On Fire Union Meetings
09/01/2020

Firefighters for the Dracut Fire Department in Massachusetts are represented by IAFF Local 2586. Local 2586 holds meetings on a monthly basis. By necessity, these meetings are scheduled during a shift. Prior to 1986, union meetings were held off-site, at bars or in restaurants.In 1986, the parties a

Court Rejects Lawsuit From Deputy Shot By Reserve
09/01/2020

On April 5, 2016, Casey Huepenbecker and Marcus Newell were receiving firearms training at a range operated by the City of Napoleon, Ohio. During a break, Huepenbecker asked for, and received, permission to clean his weapon. Shortly after cleaning the gun, he set it on a picnic table near where othe

ADA Does Not Require Light Duty For Oft-Injured Officer
09/01/2020

Kristal Scott suffered multiple injuries during the time that she was employed as a Detroit police officer. In 2011, she fell down the stairs while on duty responding to a call. On July 13, 2012, during job-required scooter training, she crashed her scooter into a metal barricade at low speed when a

The ‘Not A Sharp Operator’ Defense
09/01/2020

In May 2012 Valent Maxwell, a police officer for the City of Klawock, Alaska, accepted a law enforcement job in Fairview, Montana. He left some belongings in his city-owned apartment in Klawock, sold some, and moved or shipped the rest to Montana. Shortly after starting the new job, however, he quit