Two Environmental Conservation Police officers were promoted to Sergeant and another officer and his canine were accepted into the EnCon canine program at a ceremony held Wednesday. Picture here are, from the left, DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee, new Sergeants Greg Ulkus and Matthew Stone. Officer Patrick Kiely and his partner, Baloo; Col. Kyle Overturf, Commander, EnCon Police. (contributed photo)
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) said on Wednesday that its Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police have promoted Officer Greg Ulkus and Officer Matthew Stone to the rank of Sergeant.
The EnCon Police also announced the addition of a new team to the Division’s K-9 Unit, Officer Patrick Kiely with his partner, Baloo, a Labrador Retriever.
Promotion of Two Officers
Sgt. Greg Ulkus
Sergeant Ulkus has been with the State EnCon Police for six and a half years and prior to that he worked for the DEEP Boating Division. He has been the recipient of many department awards, including Medals for Outstanding Service in 2011 and 2015 and a Medal for Meritorious Service in 2016.
Sergeant Ulkus is currently a Field Training Officer and certified instructor responsible for the training and evaluation of junior or probationary level members. His specialized team is the Boating Accident Reconstruction Unit (BARU).
Sergeant Ulkus will be the Western District Lake Supervisor. He will be responsible for training both the Lake Housatonic Authority and Candlewood Lake Authority (CLA) Officers, and supervise CLA officers as well. Sergeant Ulkus will be responsible for coordinating boating initiatives on water bodies in his district.
Sgt. Matthew Stone
Sergeant Stone has been an EnCon Officer for six and a half years and prior to that he was a Sergeant with the Montville Police Department. He has received a Medal for Meritorious Service in 2012 and was Officer of the Year in 2015. He is also a certified instructor for Firearms, Taser and Intoxilyzer.
Sergeant Stone will be the supervisor in the Western Sector of the Marine District. This area covers the shoreline towns from New Haven to Greenwich which include Silver Sands and Sherwood Island State Parks. This sector is also responsible for Homeland Security in both New Haven and Bridgeport Harbors.
New Addition to K-9 Unit
Officer Patrick Kiely and partner Baloo
Officer Patrick Kiely and his new partner have graduated from the Connecticut State Police K-9 tracking program. Officer Kiely is now a K-9 handler and his partnered with a four-year old male Labrador Retriever named Baloo. Officer Kiely He has been an EnCon Officer for more than two years.
Baloo was donated from a family in upstate New York in January 2016. After several months of bonding, Officer Kiely and Baloo began the rigorous four week tracking certification course run by the Connecticut State Police K-9 Unit.
The EnCon Police Division initiated a K-9 program in 2011 with one Labrador Retriever and three Labrador mixes. All of the current canines are trained and certified in tracking and evidence recovery. Three of the K-9s are also certified in fish and wildlife detection and one is also trained as a search and rescue. Officer Kiely and Baloo are planning on adding more certifications to their resume in the near future.
Background on EnCon Police
Tracing its roots back to “Special Game Protectors” first appointed in 1895, DEEP’s Environmental Conservation Police Division is the oldest law enforcement organization in the state. EnCon officers are fully certified law enforcement officials with full arrest powers. In addition to traditional law enforcement duties on state lands and in state parks, they have special responsibilities for protecting Connecticut’s natural resources and wildlife and enforcing fish and game regulations.