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Former NYPD Deputy Commissioner Speaking In Ridgefield On Stopping Crime

Former NYPD Deputy Commissioner and Chief Information Officer V. James Onalfo will speak at Founders Hall June 23.
Former NYPD Deputy Commissioner and Chief Information Officer V. James Onalfo will speak at Founders Hall June 23. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ridgefield's V. James Onalfo, former NYPD deputy commissioner and chief information officer, will speak on Thursday, June 23, at 3 p.m. at Founders Hall, 193 Danbury Road.

Onalfo’s lecture, “Stopping Crime in Real Time,” is part of the Distinguished Speakers series.

The event is free and open to the public.

Onalfo, a graduate of the University of Connecticut, spent 11 years with the NYPD during Ray Kelly's tenure as commissioner.

While working at the NYPD, Onalfo overhauled the department's infrastructures and created one of the most advanced data centers and technological policing agencies in the world.

Under Onalfo's leadership, the department opened its Real Time Crime Center, an online case management tool utilizing 36 information databases, including emergency calls, crime reports, criminal records and police vehicle locations.

Onalfo also implemented an evidence tracking system and facial recognition technology.

In addition, Onalfo and his team built tools to fend off cyber-attacks and support anti-terrorism activities.

“The NYPD’s innovative policing strategies depend on our ability to gather, share and act on information,” he said. “Through a combination of effective processes, speedy information and key detective work we are able to apprehend criminals incredibly quickly.”

Onalfo was named one of Computerworld's top five CIOs in 2007, and one of Government Technology magazine’s “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers” in 2012.

In November 2012, Onalfo received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Port Police for his contributions to law enforcement technologies.

He now advises city and government agencies worldwide on cyber security, data protection, facial recognition technology and voice data-mining.

Before joining the NYPD, Onalfo served as CIO at both Stanley Works and Kraft Foods International.

Ridgefield’s Onalfo Field, a soccer venue, is named in his honor.

Founders Hall is a donor-supported education and recreation center for people age 60 and older.

For more information, call 203-431-7000.

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