It might come as a surprise to some to learn that Waterford Police Department has a close relationship with Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Institution in Montville, but our local police department frequently taps the local prison for help on projects, including creating the memorial that now adorns the front entrance.
Most recently, inmates at Corrigan refurbished a generator that had been lying unused in the police impound area.
"We’ve been working on restructuring the impound area and removing old property that’s been there a long period of time that either needs repair or to be discarded, and we came upon a generator that needed a little work," said Waterford Police Chief Murray Pendleton.
Thanks to Waterford Police Lt. Brett Mahoney's connections at Corrigan, the Department of Correction's work crew refurbished the generator in rapid time and at no cost to the town. The small generator will be used to power radio antennae towers in the event of a power outage, which is most likely to happen during a big storm.
"It's just the right size to keep them running," Pendleton said.
"As a result of the DOC’s work crew’s effort, the Town of Waterford has a reliable generator for use during emergencies and storm events. We thank the DOC for their help, specifically Officer Schoonmaker, Officer Ware, and Warden Erfe, as well as the inmates who worked on this project to make a difference in a local community," Waterford Police posted on the department's Facebook page.