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Dec 19, 2014 :  Council Briefs



New domain name for the Town: This month, the Town of West Hartford changed its domain name from westhartford.org to westhartfordct.gov. The .gov domain offers a higher level of scrutiny that only federal, state and local governments are allowed to use. Joining the .gov community verifies that our internet address is the official Town of West Hartford, CT and that we have been vetted by the General Services Administration (GSA), an independent agency of the United States government. All visitors to the old website address will automatically be redirected to the new website address.

Town employee email addresses will also change to the new domain name and will end with westhartfordct.gov. Messages will also be automatically forwarded to the new one.

The Fire Department offers information on services: The Fire Marshal was the guest speaker at the Cochlear Awareness Network meeting on December 18. Topics discussed included the services the fire department offers persons who are deaf and hard of hearing, the appropriate smoke alarms, inclusion on the Special Needs Registry, and information needed when 911 is called.

2014 Polygraph of the Year: Det. Todd Myers was recently awarded the Polygraph of the Year Award from the Connecticut Polygraph Association. This is the second year in a row in which WHPD was recognized for its polygraph services. In 2013, Capt. Frank Fallon received the award. The association recognizes only one case each year.

This year’s case began with a request from Wethersfield PD to help solve a 2013 robbery investigation that had reached a dead end.  The robbery took place in a parking lot and one of the suspects fired a shot at the victim who initially had fought back.  The suspect’s vehicle was later recovered in Hartford and was reported stolen. The suspected driver denied any involvement and there was no physical evidence to connect him with the vehicle. In January 2014, the suspect agreed to take a polygraph and the test results revealed that he was deceptive.  The subsequent post-test interview resulted in a confession and statement.  After several more hours, the suspect provided the names of the shooter and an additional suspect.  The polygraph results allowed Wethersfield PD to obtain three felony warrants. The driver was just recently sentenced to 10 years in prison and the shooter to 15 years. There is currently a felony warrant for the third suspect who has fled to Jamaica.

Police Department offers a Citizen's Academy: Beginning January 7, 2015, WHPD will offer its second annual Behind the Badge: Citizen's Police Academy at 103 Raymond Rd., on Wednesday nights, 6:00-9:00 PM. The eight-week class offers insight into police procedures, practices, problems, concerns, and challenges. The academy is free and open to any West Hartford resident who is at least 21 years of age with no criminal background. The class size is limited to 25 participants. The deadline for applications is Friday, January 2. Click here for an application. For more information, please contact the Community Relations Division at 860-523-2013.

Golf Tournament raises money for Food Pantry: On Nov. 9, the Rockledge Men’s Club held a special tournament at the Rockledge Golf Club to benefit the West Hartford Food Pantry. The event raised $1,400. The second annual Food Bank Fundraiser far exceeded expectations with support from the Rockledge Men’s and Women’s Clubs. This year members also rose to the challenge and filled a golf cart with non-perishable food.

Ronald F. Van Winkle
Town Manager