Community News: Think Pink, a golf tourney, CERT, police accreditation

MONROE, CT — Think Pink Monroe is hosting a small kickoff ceremony at the gazebo in front of Town Hall this Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. The event will also be live streamed on the Think Pink Monroe Facebook page.

“Due to the circumstances of 2020, we will be focusing on awareness and minimizing our fundraising efforts,” Bonnie Maur, founder of Think Pink Monroe, said, alluding to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

But those wishing to make a donation to St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound can do so online by clicking here. Make the designation “Think Pink Monroe” or send an email to [email protected].

Chamber Golf Tournament

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce will hold its Union Savings Bank Scholarship Golf Tournament at Whitney Farms Golf Course on Oct. 13.

The scholarships, presented in honor of past Chamber president John Dry, are awarded to Masuk High School seniors, who will be attending an institute of higher learning, during the Chamber’s annual dinner and business meeting.

The Chamber is offering 10 sponsorship opportunities for the tournament, as well as registering teams to play the course. Those registering as a single will be assigned to a short team.

Registration, breakfast and a warm up on the driving range will begin at 7:30 a.m. At 9 a.m. there will be a scramble format, shotgun start and carts will be provided. A refreshment cart will roam the course, before lunch is served at 1 p.m., when there will be awards, prizes and raffles.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities and/or register a team, call Lee Hossler at his office, 203-261-5702, or cell 203-218-2095, or email him at [email protected].

Virtual CERT Training

Those who want to help their neighbors can join emergency services in their community. Monroe’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is offering a free 20-hour basic training program for aspiring members.

Locally, CERT has helped in many situations — most recently, at a drive-thru flu shot clinic at the Monroe Senior Center.

CERT volunteers are trained in a variety of emergency skills, such as disaster psychology, first aid, CPR and AED, fire safety, traffic control, hazardous materials awareness, emergency shelters, light search and rescue, disaster scenarios and terrorism.

The training sessions, which are for those age 18 and older, will be conducted via Zoom. Two separate courses will be offered in October and November, with one on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and the other on Saturdays and Sundays.

Monroe’s Department of Emergency Management worked with other CERT programs in Fairfield County to develop this virtual training program. It is sponsored by Monroe Emergency Management and the Monroe Police Department.

This chart shows the dates and topics to be covered. Click on it to enlarge. After the virtual part of the training, local participants will meet with Monroe trainers and work out a schedule for several elements of training that needs to be done in person and hands-on.

For information or to register, contact David York, Monroe CERT coordinator, by email at [email protected] or call him at 203-650-8474.

Public input for police accreditation

The Monroe Police Department is an accredited law enforcement agency, recognized for its professional excellence. Members of the public can help the town’s officers maintain this coveted status, which must be applied for every four years.

Now seeking its fifth Tier III re-accreditation, the Monroe Police Department is putting together an extensive application of its policies and procedures relating to liability, professional and general management of the state of Connecticut’s Accreditation standards.

The application will be reviewed by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council.

As part of the assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments. Comments can be mailed to William Tanner, accreditation program manager, at POSTC Accreditation Division, 285 Preston Ave., Meriden, CT 06450.

Comments can also be made by calling 203-427-2626, sending a fax to 203-238-6119 or emailing William Tanner at [email protected].

Copies of the state accreditation standards are available at the Monroe Police Department and can be obtained by calling Dan Brennan, the department’s accreditation manager, at 203-452-2830, ext. 1209, or emailing him at [email protected].

The assessment team includes law enforcement practitioners from the Connecticut law enforcement community. The POST Council reviews written materials, interviews employees, and visits offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.

During the four years of being accredited, a police department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with the standards it is accredited for.

For information on the POST Council accreditation program, click here.

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