Orange PD Welcomes Experienced Trooper to Patrol

James Kline joins the department from the Connecticut State Police.


In a ceremony at police headquarters Monday morning, the Orange Police Department welcomed James Kline, a retired 20-year veteran of the Connecticut State Police, to the force. After Kline's wife Karen provided his badge, Kline was sworn in and began his new role as an officer for the department.

"James is coming here with a lot of experience," said Chief Robert Gagne. "He comes here with an impeccable record."

Addressing Kline, Gagne said, "Jim, we are thrilled to have someone of your caliber here, and we know you are going to enjoy your career here in Orange ... we're looking forward to putting you out on the road."

Kline, a Milford resident, most recently served as an investigative supervisor of the State Police's Western District Major Crime division. In his 20 years of duty, commendations included Police Officer of the Year from the Connecticut Exchange Club, an Outstanding Service Award from the Connecticut General Assembly and a Congressional Certification of Recognition from the U.S. Congress, as well as numerous interior medals.

mike curley September 17, 2012 at 06:10 PM
i'm glad he has experience,but there are young guy's out there who want to be cop's or firefighters and can't get on because there are guy's double dipping like this gentleman and town's are getting around paying for police or fire school
My personal opinion September 18, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I think his experience will be an asset to our town. Obviously this guy still wants to be a cop and like some people may just want a change of employer after 20 years. It doesn't necessarily mean he is double dipping as you state it. I also know many people taking police tests and they can't get past the written or the physical part. At least we know he likes his job and won't leave after the town has spent money putting him thru the training. Congratulations Officer!! You are an asset to our community.
Just doing what's right September 18, 2012 at 01:55 AM
This was no cake walk for this officer to be accepted into this department. His record with the state police is exemplary, but he had to work tis tail off before he was offered the position. Congratulations Jim.
JNG September 18, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I think there is something in the bargainning agreements respecting pensions that really push these qualified individuals out. Then they seek other related jobs afterwards. You start work in your 20's and then retire in your 40's? Industrious people move onto other things utilizing the experience they have gained. They are way too young to stop working, unless they have reason to. Perhaps other inducements can keep them on their jobs longer?
Mike September 18, 2012 at 03:07 PM
...and now there's an opening within the State Police that could be filled by a young guy' (or woman, btw). The same person that 'loses out' on the opportunity to work in Orange can apply to the State Police instead. And why is it a bad thing that the Town of Orange saved the money for the police academy? This means that this hire costs taxpayers less and gets this officer on the roads of Orange quicker.


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