Ridgefield Police Department
The prime function of the Ridgefield Police Department is to protect life, liberty and property, to preserve the peace and public order, to prevent and repress crime, to detect violations of Law and to apprehend violators and prosecute those apprehended. The prime function shall be accomplished through service to our Community in providing safety and an improved quality of life, by developing Community partnerships and excellence in policing reinforced through the three pillars of character and strength: Integrity, Courage and Justice.
We obey the Law and respect the human dignity of all people. We are committed to honesty and ethical behavior in all our actions. We accept individual responsibility and accountability for our actions and decisions.
We are dedicated to excellence in service to our Community and to our fellow Officers. We are committed to excellence in our personal performance and professionalism seeking justice in all our efforts.
We, as an agency, will work toward the achievement of the Department’s prime function. We will use justice as the center pillar of strength and character, tirelessly enforcing all Laws and Ordinances with justice as our goal. We will be fair and loyal to our Community in our pursuit of justice.
We will seek justice through fairness, strength, respect and compassion in our interactions with the people we serve.
We will be courageous in our pursuit of justice, using integrity as our guide.
We will have the strength to withstand unethical pressure, fear or danger.
We will be courageous in protecting our Community and the people we serve.
We will be courageous in supporting our fellow Officers as we pursue justice.
We will never betray our badge, the symbol of our office.
We will have the courage to hold ourselves accountable for our actions and others accountable for their actions.
We will courageously uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, the State of Connecticut and the Laws and Ordinances of the Town of Ridgefield.
The Executive Officer is Major Stephen Brown who was appointed to this position by the Police Commission on December 22, 2011, upon the recommendation of Chief John Roche, when the former Major Donald J. McGran retired, effective September 30, 2011.
Major McGran had taken command of the Executive Officer position on October 22, 2008 upon the selection of the former Major Roche to the position of the Chief of Police on October 8, 2008.
Major Roche had taken command of the Executive Officer position upon the selection of the former Major Richard Ligi to the position of Chief of Police in 1999.
The former Major Ligi had taken command of this office upon the retirement of Major Richard Bellagamba who served as the Department's first Executive Officer from July 1, 1977 to July 1, 1996.
In addition to being in command of the Department in the absence of the Chief, Major Brown oversees the Captains, is the Chairman of the Commendation Board, is in charge of the applicant testing process, acts as the Internal Affairs Officer, reviews FOIA requests, verifies Payroll before submission to Town Hall, and is responsible for the Department's schedule.
Major Brown may be contacted at 203 431-2796, Monday through Friday.
The Uniform Division Commander of the Ridgefield Police Department is Captain Bryan Terzian. The Uniform Division Commander oversees all sworn Officers to include Sergeants and Lieutenants. The Uniform Division Commander is responsible for all extra duty and special Town events. Captain Bryan Terzian may be contacted at 203 431.2799, Monday through Friday.
The Detective Division Commander of the Ridgefield Police Department is Captain Daniel Ryan. The Detective Division Commander supervises three Detectives (one of those Detectives also serves as the Department's Youth Officer). Captain Ryan also serves as Court Liaison for the Department. The Detective Division can be contacted directly by the following numbers:
203 431-2798 - Captain Daniel Ryan (Monday through Friday)
203 431-2794 - Detective Division
203 431-2345 - Drug Tip Hotline / Crime Watch (a confidential line)
203 431-2741 - Fax
The Division of Professional Standards (formerly the Director of Training position) is Captain Thomas Comstock who assumed this position on June 5, 2012 due to the retirement of Captain Clifford Scharf on April 30, 2012. The Division of Professional Standards oversees Departmental training programs and serves as a liaison to the Connecticut Police Academy. The Division of Professional Standards also encompasses the Department's Crime Prevention Programs, Public Relations Programs, the School Resource Officer program and the D.A.R.E program.
203 431-2797 (Monday through Friday)
203 431-2741 - Fax
The Uniform Division is composed of all the uniformed Officers of the Ridgefield Police Department who are easily recognizable in the colors of the R.P.D. - gray and maroon. The Uniform Division is the largest division of the Department and supplies 24/7 patrol to the Town of Ridgefield. This Division also provides:
Aid to Motorists: The patrol vehicles are well equipped to give assistance to residents. Jumper cables, oxygen units and medical supply kits (to include defibrillators) are some of the equipment available to Patrol Officers to assist motorists.
Honor Guard: The Department maintains a six member Honor Guard for special assignments, e.g., funerals for fallen Officers, Town dignitaries and other important functions.
Funeral Escorts: The Department provides escorts to families from local houses of worship to Town cemeteries.
Memorial Plaque Program: Officers who have served the Town of Ridgefield and have passed away are honored both on Memorial Day through a grave site ceremony and memorialized via a plaque mounted at their grave site.
Side Jobs: The UDC is the coordinator for filling side job requests by local residents or businesses that require Officers for security and traffic detail.
The Youth Officer, Detective Brian Durling, is directly responsible for all juvenile cases that are handled by the Department which he investigates and closes by one of the following dispositions:
Referral to Juvenile Court
Referral to Welfare Agency
Referral to Outside Agency
Referral to Superior Court
Detective Durling also investigates adult cases, assists fellow Detectives and teaches D.A.R.E.
The Ridgefield Police Department has a five (5) member Commendation Board. This Board is chaired by the Department's Executive Officer. The other four (4) members consist of Officers of various rank from within the Department. These four members are rotated every few years.
The Commendation Board serves to present Departmental Awards to Officers for Educational Degrees (Law Enforcement Related), Exceptional Service, Heroism, etc. Officers honored in any of these particular categories receive a specific Citation Bar to be worn on their uniform.
The Board will act upon the recommendation of other Officers, Supervisory Officers or outside agencies. They review the merits of a specific event to determine if the Officer's actions meet the established eligibility criteria warranting recognition and issuance of a Citation Bar.