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Canton Police Department Names New Captain

State Police Lt. Larry Terra is deemed the best candidate for the job, which is second in command of the department.

Starting Aug. 1, Canton will have a new police captain.

Larry Terra, now a lieutenant with the State Police and a former Bloomfield patrol officer, is being added to the force. Terra was rated the highest by a panel of three police chiefs who interviewed five candidates for the position, Canton police said.

Town Administrator Robert Skinner said Terra distinguished himself from the other candidates with his "breadth of knowledge of policing, including working in small towns and investigating major crimes." 

"The captain functions as the second in command of the police department," Skinner said.

Terra comes to Canton with a wide background of experiences. 

In his previous position, Terra was the commanding officer of the Special Licenses and Firearms Unit and the Sex Offender Unit.  He has been managing 44 police and civilian employees. 

As a member of the State Police, Terra also served in the Internal Affairs Unit, and in 2011 was the Executive Officer for the Western District Major Crimes Unit.  

Terra is retiring from the State Police at the end of July.

Locally, Terra served as a patrol officer with the town of Bloomfield from 1987 to 1992 and also in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve from 1985 until he was honorably discharged in 1993.  He is a practicing Connecticut attorney.

Terra lives in New Hartford with his wife and four children.

Chris Carroll July 18, 2012 at 09:28 PM
What, none of the officers already working in Canton were eligible for promotion? This just shows there is no chance for the current officers to be promoted and does this mean our department will get loaded down with former state police officers?
Scott July 18, 2012 at 11:41 PM
This position was filled by month ago. It was pre selected. A buddy of the chiefs. What a joke
Michael July 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Having worked for Lt. Terra I can say that he is an extremely knowledgabe police officer, supervisor, and overall good person. The State police is suffering a great loss with his departure. Congradulations Canton.
Jack Wendt July 19, 2012 at 10:59 AM
'Cause I'm sure the Canton Police Department is short on people with those qualities. That PD is a conduit for SP good 'ol boy networking now. This must be fallout from the SP vote of no confidence from the rank and file.
Scott July 20, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Michael the state police belong on the highway not in the town. Sorry but they have no idea how to run a town pd...I've worked in resident trooper towns with the state police . They have bonuses what they are doing in the towns. They are highway cops. There is nothing wrong with that . Canton has qualified people but the town manager and certain selectman are hell bent on dismantling that PD. by the way I here the chief is also trying to leave now. What a joke
Melissakelly Osden July 23, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I think that our PD is just fine and the towns head people and management need to promote with in. I know for a fact that we have some amazing Canton Cops already..... The people of canton would respect the Canton police a lot more if the town officials would stop putting so many restrictions on the Cops and let them do their JOB...
Liz February 02, 2013 at 09:21 AM
Canton cops are a fucking JOKE. I have 0 respect for them. I have never met so many arrogant assholes in my life. They are so full of themselves. They sweep so much shit under the rug. I know all about their dirty little secrets and curupted ways. All they do is get people for traffic infractions. Seatbelts. Speeding. License/registration. That's it. They have yet to solve a real crime.

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