Letter to the Editor: Cheshire Officers Provided Secure Environment

Police Neil Dryfe commends the Cheshire Police Department for response during perceived threat at Cheshire High School.

Letter to the Editor:

In a recent article in the New Haven Register, I was incorrectly identified me as being present at Cheshire High School on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 in response to an incident. Although I was aware of the situation and was in contact with my staff, I was, in fact, out-of-state attending a professional conference.

I would like to take a moment to compliment the officers who were present and give credit where it is due. The Cheshire Police Department’s response was coordinated by Deputy Chief Joe Popovich who was the acting chief during my absence. The officers who were present at Cheshire High School at various times on Tuesday morning were:

  • Captain Bob Vignola
  • Officer Steve Jester
  • Officer Jeff Falk
  • Officer Kristian Johnson
  • Officer Devin Flood 
  • Officer Brian Schechter

Working with Superintendent Greg Florio, Principal Jeff Solan and the rest of the Cheshire High School staff, the officers sought to provide a safe and secure environment. Based on the kind words of Ms. Vellucci, I believe they succeeded.

The underlying incident remains under investigation. I encourage anyone with any information to contact Officer Lorin Webber who is the School Resource Officer at Cheshire High School. He can be reached by calling the Cheshire Police Department at telephone number 203-271-5500.

Neil Dryfe

Chief of Police, Cheshire Police Department

Cathy Vellucci October 05, 2012 at 10:52 PM
LOL Chief Dryfe! You can still consider me a fan even if you weren't at CHS for the drama. You were a kind soul to me after my mom passed away a year and a half ago. People tend to not forget the kindess of strangers.
Cathy Vellucci October 10, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I would be remiss in not acknowledging the officers that were onsite at CHS last week which is what I also meant to do in my first reply to the response from Chief Dryfe. Bravo to them, and thank you on behalf of many parents for keeping our high schoolers safe.


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