Norwalk Police: 'Fed Up' Residents Coming Forward

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Lt. Timothy Murphy talks last week about the shooting of a Greenwich woman in Norwalk. At left is Deputy Chief David Wrinn.
Lt. Timothy Murphy talks last week about the shooting of a Greenwich woman in Norwalk. At left is Deputy Chief David Wrinn. Photo Credit: Nancy Guenther Chapman

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk residents have become more willing to help Norwalk Police make arrests in the crimes in their neighborhoods, both Mayor Richard Moccia and Lt. Timothy Murphy say.

"I think the citizens are fed up with the level of crime that's been occurring in particular neighborhoods of Norwalk," said Murphy, commander of the detective bureau. "The community is now coming forward and assisting police in the development of suspects and the eventual arrest of suspects."

"Over the last six or seven months there has been more willingness of the community to come forth, even if it is anonymous," Moccia said.

Both men made the remarks at a press conference that followed the shooting of a Greenwich woman Wednesday in the parking lot of the Stop & Shop on Connecticut Avenue. The mayor said residents of Colonial Village helped police develop information as they pursued the suspect. "We have talked about for a long time that I have been mayor about people being willing to come forth and talk to us. We've seen more of that, not just in this case," he said.

Cooperation was key in Friday morning's arrest of Terrick "Skrappy" Vanlierop, 21, of 55 Park St., Bridgeport, according to an affidavit on file at Norwalk Superior Court. Vanlierop is accused of shooting at a Norwalk man at about 12:50 p.m. Oct. 8 on Woodward Avenue. Police interviewed numerous witnesses and tracked down the probable target of the shooting, the affidavit says. That led to identifying Vanlierop as the suspect.

"We've made a lot of arrests lately," Murphy said. "If you look at some of our press releases and some of the activity that has been occurring, we've been very responsive and very diligent in following up on the arrests of a lot of the more serious crimes that have been occurring in Norwalk.

"It all comes toward forward thinking with Chief Kulhawik regarding police-oriented policing, and our community policing division. It's essential for the community to be involved in their own neighborhoods to assist in reducing and eliminating the problems that's been occurring in their neighborhoods."

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The Norwalk Police department would get more cooperation if they would show a little more respect for private citizens, I've seen out and out rudeness in talking to individuals in south norwalk.

I don't see how they could "state" that they are seeing more cooperation; they would have seen it, years ago, the NPD is pretty much an arrogant organization.

You said it Norwalklifer..I would also add that they are a failure..The only way to fix the disaster of a department that they are would be to get a chief from the outside who is not part of the old boys club of Norwalk..He or she would then need to clean house from the top down and a good house cleaning it needs..

Unfortunately because of the poor history of he NPD the citizens do not feel comfortable bringing info forward. The NPD has and continues to create this problem for themselves.

If residents were assured of an anonymous way of communication there would be tips given 24/7 !

Not everyone is aware that there is a text service for NPD.

Make everyone aware,..use news 12, the papers, raidio the Norwalk Daily Voice.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Norwalk Police via the tipline at (203) 854-3111 or leave an anonymous tip online at
Anonymous text tips can be submitted by typing "NPD" into the text field, followed by the message, and sending it to CRIMES (274637).

Or one can contact the local FBI office in Hartford, they are very interested in getting information