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  • Undercover Officers (pg 3)
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  • School Violence Continues (pg 11)
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  • Elder Abuse, While Widely Undetected, Steadily Increasing

    “I have a case right now where you’d shake your head,” said John DeMattia of Connecticut’s Elder Abuse Unit. “I have a daughter physically abusing her mother… it got to the point of broken ribs, broken nose…and (now) the mother calls me once a week begging me not to ask for jail time for her daughter because she needs her to take care of her.”

    Nearly 566,000 reports of elder abuse were made nationally in 2003 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), 20 percent more than in 2000. It’s projected the problem will only escalate with the graying of our population, but accurate statistics are elusive for a variety of reasons.

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    Bridgeport Harbor Closes Security Gaps with Grants

    After 9/11, Joseph Riccio, executive director of the Bridgeport Port Authority (BPA), realized even more than ever that the Bridgeport Harbor was a vital link between New York City and Long Island and the rest of New England.

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    Cheshire Murders Inspire Interest in Self-Defense Training for Women

    There was a young mom looking to protect herself and her children, a single woman fearful of evening jaunts to the supermarket, and an older lady who lived for decades on an isolated road but recently stopped feeling safe there. These very different women, and many of the others who gathered on a recent evening in a Cheshire gymnasium, had one thing in common: the deadly home invasion that rocked their town last summer had shaken the sense of security they once took for granted.

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    Internet Environment Traps Both Predators and Victims

    Kathy Shumaker is petite, friendly, and the single mother of a nine-year-old son. FBI Special Agent Kathy Shumaker is determined, no-nonsense, and a protector of Connecticut’s children from often horrific and unspeakable crimes.

    “As a parent, you think of how your child looks at you so innocently, and then you think how all those victimized kids had that same innocent look,” said Shumaker. “They trusted somebody who took them out of their world of safety and did horrific things to them just because they could.”

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    The Melanie Ilene Reiger Memorial Conference
    A conference on “Angry Youth: School & Community Tragedies” will be held April 23-24th at the Maloney Center for Training and Staff Development at 245 Jarvis Street in Cheshire. The 12th annual conference, established in memory of Melanie Reiger, is sponsored by the Melanie Ilene Reiger Memorial Foundation and The Connecticut Department of Correction. Among the speakers scheduled are Peter Yarrow, member of Peter, Paul & Mary, founder of Operation Respect, and author of the bestseller “Puff the Magic Dragon”; Carroll Ann Ellis, director of Victim Services for the Fairfax County Police Department; William Modzeleski, associate assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Education Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools; and victims and survivors of the Columbine & Virginia Tech tragedies. For more information and registration see: melanieriegerconference.com

    Amber Alert Kids ID Sessions
    Sponsored by the Danbury Rotary Club, sessions will be held on Saturday, April 12th at the YMCA of Trumbull, time to be announced. Also at the Grace Baptist Church in Waterbury from 10-1pm on April 26th; and on May 3rd at the South Church in Hartford from 11-3pm.; June 7th at Fairfield Middle School in Fairfield from 10-4pm. For more information call Bob Vetter at (203) 748-1105.

    Triathlon Fundraiser
    Sunday, June 29th, Kids in Crisis is sponsoring a triathlon to be hosted by the city of Stamford. The event is being organized to raise funds for the Cos Cob–based Kids in Crisis organization. The event will include a 1-mile swim, a 24-mile bicycle ride, and a 6.2-mile run that ends in Columbus Park. There are 500 spots available. For further registration information go to kidsincrisis.org and click on the link to the triathlon.

    Safe and Sound Class
    Thursday, May 15th at Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, 7 pm. The class is designed for parents and grandparents with children between birth and five years of age. It is 2-2 1/2 hours in length and covers issues of home safety and car seat safety. The fee for the class is $40 (for up to 2 people) and registration is available by contacting the Tender Beginnings Department at Greenwich Hospital at (203) 863-3655.

    Child Passenger Safety Seat Technician Course
    Tuesday, April 22nd in Waterbury at 8am. The standardized child passenger safety technician (CPST) certification course is usually 4-5 days long and combines classroom instruction, hands-on work with car seats and vehicles, and a community safety seat checkup. Attendance is required for entire course. For more information contact Pat Zanic at (203) 346-3908.

    Tuesday, June 3rd the same class will be offered in New Milford, 8am - 5pm. The course will run for four days and will give successful participants a national certification as a Child Passenger Safety Seat Technician. Two fees are associated with this class. The first is $60 to National Safe Kids which is the certification body. The second is to Fairfield County Safe Kids for $350. Breakfast and lunch are included each day. If you are interested please contact Bob Cordes at (203) 853-7115.

    Greenwich Safety Town 2008
    The Greenwich Chapter of the American Red Cross will be offering sessions about awareness and prevention skills for children entering a Greenwich kindergarten program in Fall 2008. Sessions are week long, for half days and will be June 9-13 and June 16-20 at the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club. Topics covered include automobile, pedestrian, fire, bike, gun, animal, playground, and water safety, along with information about medicines and poisons, traveling trains and buses, stranger awareness, and more. Morning sessions meet 9-11:30am and afternoon sessions meet 12:15-2:45pm. The fee for the week long program is $140 and financial aid is available. Registration forms are available online at greenwichredcross.org or can be picked up at the Chapter office.

    Survivors of Homicide in Connecticut - Support Group

    MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving

    AMBER Alert - child abduction alerts

    RxPatrol - be aware of pharmacy theft

    CPCA - Connecticut Police Chiefs Association

    Missing and Exploited Children - report the sighting of a missing child

    missing - tv program about missing persons

    Family Watchdog - track registered sex offenders