To the editor,
On behalf of the Thriving Youth Task Force, we give thanks to Darien Police Sgt. James Palmieri for serving as our co-chair this year. For many years, Sgt. Palmieri has been dedicated to helping the youth of Darien, as a school resource officer at Darien High School, the creator of the Juvenile Review Board and most recently, as the co-chair of the Thriving Youth Task Force. His dedication to the youth of Darien is unparalleled. We are grateful to James for the insight and guidance he provided to our work and his continued dedication to serving, despite his demanding schedule as a sergeant in the Darien Police Department.
Police Sgt. James Palmieri successfully completed the two-week “Command Training Series: First Line Supervisor Course” for police supervisors offered by the Justice System Training and Research Institute. — an announcement from Darien Police Department
The institute, at the Bristol, Rhode Island campus of Roger Williams University, offered the program in partnership with the New England Association of Chiefs of Police. Coursework addressed contemporary concepts of management and leadership relevant to the responsibilities of first line supervisors in a modern criminal justice agency. The program, presented by experienced academics and law enforcement veterans, took place from Dec.
Teens and parents, along with anyone concerned about vaping, are invited to come to a panel presentation about vaping, which has become an enormous public health issue, this Wednesday evening, Oct. 23, at Darien Library. The event, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room (called the “Auditorium” in the Health Department poster, below), is organized by the Darien and Stamford health departments and co-sponsored by the library. “Join us for a candid conversation about the health risks of e-cigarettes and Juuling,” said an announcement on the Darien Library website. “This program will provide a starting point for parents to continue conversations with their teens.”
Three Darien police officers are being promoted in rank, Police Chief Donald Anderson announced Monday:
Field Services Sgt. Alison Hudyma to the rank of lieutenant
Youth Detective James Palmieri to the rank of sergeant
Training Lt. Robert Shreders to captain
“Please join me in congratulating our officers who are receiving these well-deserved promotions,” Anderson said in a news release. “History has shown, time and time again, that achieving promotion in our agency is always the result of a highly competitive process among many quality candidates.” The promotions take effect Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Darien Police Detective James Palmieri will be joining the Thriving Youth Task Force (TYTF) as the community co-chair for 2019-2020. — an announcement from the Thriving Youth Task Force
Palmieri, the first school resource officer for Darien High School, has shown unparalleled commitment to Darien’s youth since joining the force a decade ago. He is currently a youth detective for the Darien Police Department, where he spearheaded the implementation of a Juvenile Review Board and runs programs which focus on juvenile education, safety and enforcement. First Selectman Jayme Stevenson lauded the appointment, saying “Having Detective James Palmieri join the Thriving Youth Task Force as co-chair along with Shelly Skoglund and the entire TYTF leadership team underscores the dedication our law enforcement and community at large has to supporting the wellbeing of our children. “As Darien’s first Darien High School SRO, James brings a unique perspective to his new role helping to lead efforts to build resilience, help kids make smart and healthy decisions and develop the skills needed to navigate life.”
The TYTF, created in 2008 under the leadership of the Community Fund of Darien, brings together leadership from the town, the public schools, parent organizations and social service organizations to develop strategies and programs that promote and empower positive youth development.
Drinking by teenagers in Darien is a subject Darien Police Detective James Palmieri has run across quite a bit in his eight years with the department. He recently concluded 4 1/2 years as school resource officer at Darien High School. Here’s what he had to say at a panel discussion Monday at Darien Library after a showing of “Haze,” a documentary film about binge drinking among teens and young adults. Palmieri had a lot to say about the attitudes of many Darien parents who he’s spoken with, and what he’s seen involving teenage drinking, including the death of a teenager. Palmieri represents the department on the Thriving Youth Task Force, one of the organizers of Monday night’s event.