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GOOD FOR YOU: Windsor town board takes the time to learn more about police operations

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

Windsor town board member Christian Morgan sits back and listens to a presentation from the Windsor police department during Monday night’s work session. Town board members heard from police officials about the responsibilities of the department and how those might grow and change in upcoming years.

In a work session Monday night, Windsor's town board took the time to stop by the local police department and check in with police officials.

During the two-hour meeting, town officials heard from Windsor Police Chief Rick Klimek and several members of his command staff about the responsibilities of the department and how those might grow and change in upcoming years.

In order to find out what the department needs and how to meet those needs, it was important for the town board to get a better understanding of police methods and processes, said Mayor Kristie Melendez.

Across community surveys, public meetings and more, Windsor residents say safety is among the top priorities of the community, she explained.

Often people hear anecdotal information about the police department, Klimek said. Sitting down face-to-face with the town board gave him the chance to explain the department's motives, goals and how he and the officers of the department approach their responsibilities.

In his presentation, Klimek talked how police officials have been looking at the future of the department, highlighting their efforts to explore new recruitment methods, evaluating their current practices and reconsider organizational structures to better needs the needs of a growing community.

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The growing community stood out as a topic of interest for a few board members during the meeting.

"I wanted to hear what they were seeing as we continued to grow as a community," said Windsor town board member Ken Bennett. "I heard the chief say they want to try to identify trends and be proactive in their planning. That was really the big issue for me."

Many of the town board members had seen elements of the operations before, however, the meeting offered a chance to dig deeper into the intricacies of the Windsor Police Department.

"It's always really valuable to hear from the people on the front line, the people who are actually out there doing the job," Bennett said. "That's just good management to listen to your employees, what they're doing every day and what they see as the needs for our community."

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Learn more about the Windsor Police Department online at http://www.windsorgov.com/89/Police.