Two New Canaan Police Officers Promoted 

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Newly promoted New Canaan Police Lt. Joseph Farenga (L) and Sgt. Michael O'Sullivan (R). Photo courtesy of NCPD

Town officials last week promoted two longtime members of the New Canaan Police Department. 

The Police Commission during a special meeting April 21 promoted Sgt. Joseph Farenga to lieutenant, and on April 23 promoted Officer Michael O’Sullivan to sergeant, according to Chief Leon Krolikowski.

“We are thrilled to have Lt. Farenga and Sgt. O’Sullivan join our leadership team,” Krolikowski told “Both of these veteran department members will help us lead our department into the future as we all continue to selflessly protect and serve our community.”

Farenga is a 20-year veteran of the department whose past roles include youth sergeant, supervisor of the Motor Enforcement Program, human trafficking instructor and A.L.I.C.E. instructor. Commander of the Special Response Team, Farenga has earned several commendations including the Mothers Against Drunk Driving award five consecutive years as well as five meritorious duty awards. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. 

O’Sullivan is a 19-year veteran of NCPD and on May 6 he will starting working as youth sergeant in the Investigative Section. His past roles include dispatcher, acting sergeant and domestic violence coordinator. He O’Sullivan developed and introduced the department’s Community Outreach and Support Team to provide support and resources to those with mental health and substance abuse issues, and has earned several awards including the 2018 Stephen W. Wood Officer of the Year Award, Police Cross Award, which is the highest award earned by an officer in more than 26 years, four medical service awards, a unit citation, and the First 100 Award given by the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

O’Sullivan holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Sacred Heart University. 

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