We Are Looking For Your Assistance
Vernon Police are searching for Michael Charles Poletti, age 47, whose last known address was 743 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, Connecticut.
Poletti has not been seen or heard from since August 21, 2013 when he last had contact with family and friends. Michael Poletti may be suffering from mental health issues and may be depressed.
Michael Poletti is a white male, approximately 5-foot-8 tall and approximately 170 pounds. He has black and gray hair and a beard.
Anyone with any information on Michael Poletti or his whereabouts is urged to call Vernon Police at 860-872-9126.
Officer Promoted to Segeant
Posted by Chris Dehnel (Editor, Vernon Patch)
Christopher Pryputniewicz, a six-year veteran of the Vernon Police Department, was sworn in as a sergeant in the traditional ceremony at police headquarters.
Town Clerk Bernice Dixon, who also swore him in as a patrol officer in 2007, administered the sergeant's oath.
Pryputniewicz, 32, has been part of the East Central Nartotics Task force in addition to his regular patrol duties.
He has also received several commendations. In 2010, he was cited for distinguished service and in 2009 and 2010, he received distinguished service unit awards.
Pryputniewicz received formal letters of commendation in 2009 and 2010.
Police Sergeant Retires After 28 Years of Service
After nearly three decades of service to the Vernon Police Department, SGT Chris Meyer has retired.
Posted by Chris Dehnel (Editor, Patch)
All those who attended Friday's retirement ceremony at the Vernon Police Department for Sgt. Christopher Meyer said they would miss him.
They were not so sure about the magenta pen.
The pen was used by Meyer to mark up the reports of those on his shift. Officer Miriam Resnikoff said, "Cops would dread the magenta pen." Chief James Kenny joked that he started getting scared of the thing when he asked Meyer to look at some of his material.
But there was also a respect for Meyer, who joined the force in 1985 and was promoted to sergeant in 2002. Officer Kate Rooney said he was always willing to share his knowledge and support his co-workers on any type of call.
Meyer received his share of recognition over the years:
Meyer also spent time as a gang instructor.
He said he wants to spend the first few months of retirement spending time with his family. Meyer said he will then turn to the next chapter in his life.
As for the magenta pen, the records division has seized it. No one would comment on whether it would be retired.
The Vernon Police Department wishes SGT Meyer best of luck in the next chapter of his life.
Police Dispatcher Retires After 25 Years of Service
By John Kennedy Journal Inquirer
VERNON — Dispatchers are often considered only anonymous voices on the phone while police, firefighters, and medical crews are the public focus of any emergency, but Tuesday afternoon a dispatcher was the center of attention.
Terry Daignault, who has worked in the dark, technology-filled dispatch room at the Police Department for 25 years, retired and was given a heartfelt send off by her friends and family.
Daignault started working as a volunteer emergency medical technician at 16 years old in Rocky Hill and was later hired by Professional Ambulance Service in Hartford as an EMT, before she moved to dispatching. After five years there, she took her first call in Vernon in 1988. Now, she has been hired by the Manchester Police Department and will start dispatching there next week.
"I like the excitement of it," Daignault said. "It's the excitement value that keeps me coming back."
The Enfield resident described her job as "a lot of boredom, punctuated by moments of fear." Her co-workers Paul Smith, a Vernon dispatcher for 27 years, and Joanne Swider, who has been working in town for about 25 years, agreed with the description and praised Daignault for her work.
"She's excellent, fun, and we're going to miss her," Swider said, explaining that in such a stressful job, it's necessary to be able to have fun. "I couldn't have asked for a better co-worker. "We have to mold ourselves to what the public needs," Smith said. "She can lower herself to a 5-year-old who may be in distress, or talk calmly to an elderly person who may be confused."
"People are scared (during emergencies). You try to be the voice of calm in that type of situation," Daignault said. "When you have to sit there and listen to that coming over the phone and talk to people who are in distress, or, God forbid, dying, that's hard to deal with, and you don't always have an outlet for it — you just have to sit at your desk and deal with it."
She said she took both calls for the recent People's Bank robberies and also remembers dealing with a carjacking during which the suspect took the car the wrong way on Interstate 84.
She said she was alone during that incident and not only was communicating with officers on scene, but had to notify the state Department of Transportation, state police, and had 800 people stuck in traffic, some of whom were calling her to find out information about the backup.
"Having someone behind the radio as experienced and as calm as she is, really helps the guys on the road get the information they need and where they need to go," Police Chief James Kenny, who has worked with Daignault since he began in 2006, said.
"The people that I work with are like my brothers and sisters, and I feel like I'm at least partially responsible for making sure they get home all right," Daignault said.
However, there is also a lighter side of dispatching, as evidenced by the handwritten notes in a book the Vernon dispatchers keep of strange and humorous calls they've received.
"They call the Police Department for anything and everything you can possibly think of," Daignault said, recalling a call from one woman who was helping children with a school project and wanted to know the names, birth dates, and home states of the last five U.S. presidents.
One caller requested a ladder truck to help them untangle clothes on a clothesline because it was windy and they lived on the second floor. Another wanted to know road conditions between Vernon and New Jersey.