Department of Public Safety
ARTHUR L. SPADA, Commissioner
Colonel Timothy F. Barry,
George E. Luther,
Vincent J. DeRosa,
Established - 1903
Statutory authority - C.G.S. Section 29-1b
Central office - 1111 Country Club Road,
Middletown, CT 06457-9294
Number of employees - 1,777
Recurring operating expenses - $129.7 million
Organizational structure –
Office of the Commissioner; Division of State Police; Division of Fire, Emergency & Building Services; Division of Protective Services; Division of Scientific Services.
The mission of the Department of Public Safety is to provide for the protection of the public by efficient and effective utilization of resources through education, prevention, technology, and enforcement activities.
A. The Division of State Police acquired “Trooper 1”, a state-of-the-art, Bell 407 turbine helicopter for search & rescue missions, enforcement operations and assistance of other state, local & federal agencies.
B. The Training Academy graduated 83 Trooper Trainees, thus completing the hiring requirement of 226 Troopers under the COPS Universal Hiring Grant.
C. The State Police Bureau of Identification is currently finalizing the procurement and installation of a $12 million Automated Fingerprint Identification System.
D. The newly established Office of Special Projects has created a strategic business plan for the safety and security of the Rentschler Field Stadium, organized the 2001 CT State Employee Campaign for Giving and implemented the Governor’s Service Awards Office in which services are available to all executive branch agencies of the State of Connecticut.
E. Consolidation of training activities within the Division of Fire, Emergency & Building Services has been completed with the Office of Education and Data Management absorbing the training of telecommunicators, as required in Connecticut General Statutes, Section 28-30.
F. The statewide 911 telephone network was improved to provide local dispatchers with the geographic location of a cellular phone caller who requires emergency services.
G. During 2001 the Computer Crimes and Electronic Evidence Unit, within the Division of Scientific Services, has evolved as a national leader in the fight against online child sexual exploitation.
H. The Computer Crimes Unit’s Internet Safety Awareness initiatives have reached more than 10,000 fourth through sixth graders, over 1,000 middle school kids and over 1,000 parents throughout the state.
I. The newly established Division of Protective Services serves as a liaison with the Federal Office of Homeland Security and is currently forming an Urban Search & Rescue Team modeled after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) model, as well as a Citizen Corps program, which is a component of the USA Freedom Corps that will create opportunities for individuals to volunteer to help their communities for and respond to emergencies by bringing together local leaders, citizen volunteers and the network of first responding organizations.
A. The Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, Arthur L. Spada, as Chief Executive Officer, State Fire Marshal, and a member of the State Traffic Commission, is assisted by four Division heads and the following units and functions: Chief of Staff, Office of Special Projects, Public Information Office, Legislative Liaison, Legal Affairs Unit, Equal Employment Compliance Unit, and the Bureau of Management Support.
Fiscal Services managed the agency budget allocation, including a capital outlay of $14,845,227, and management of state and federal grants totaling $29,046,509.
In July 2001, the Office of Special Projects, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Marjorie Kolpa, was created in response to a need for dedicated project management services designed to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of department operations.
Also July of 2001, the department took delivery of “Trooper 1”, a Bell 407 turbine helicopter. The helicopter program has been an enormous success logging over 500 flight hours in the first six months of operations. “Trooper 1” has been involved in numerous search and rescue missions, drunk and reckless driving enforcement efforts and has also assisted many local fire departments with their efforts in locating or fighting forest fires.
During the past year the Division of State Police, under the command of Colonel Timothy F. Barry, has reaffirmed its position as a leader in law enforcement. This division is comprised of the Office of Field Operations and the Office of Administrative Services. Criminal investigators and emergency services personnel participate in major cases throughout Connecticut, the Northeast and elsewhere, including members of the State Police K-9 Unit who were deployed to the World Trade Center in New York City to assist in recovery efforts following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The Office of Field Operations, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Edward J. Lynch, is responsible for the delivery of police services statewide through three geographical districts, including a total of 12 Troops, three major crimes squads, three traffic & truck units, the Emergency Services Unit and the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
During this fiscal year 2001/2002 there were 662,617 calls for service, including 35,010 criminal and 33,118 traffic accident investigations. Motor vehicle law violators were issued 203,564 summonses.
The Office of Administrative Services, under the command of Major Ralph J. Carpenter, is divided into two bureaus including the Bureau of Business Development Services and the Bureau of Training and Support Services.
With the support of the governor and the legislators, giant strides have been made in many areas, including technology. One such example, is the newly installed $100 million Connecticut Telecommunications System which offers troopers an unparalleled state-of-the-art 800 MHz radio/microwave and information system. Additionally, plans are being developed to utilize this capability for Statewide Interagency use in emergency situations.
The Division of Fire, Emergency and Building Services, under the command of Deputy Commissioner George E. Luther, is comprised of the Office of Education and Data Management, the Office of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications, the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Office of the State Building Official. Technical fields with which the division deals with include fire and arson investigation, plan review and engineering, hazardous materials, explosives, amusement rides, elevator and boiler safety and inspection, demolition, crane operation, licensing and permits, telecommunication engineering and system design, and technical training and education in related fields.
The Division of Scientific Services, under the command of Major Timothy Palmbach, is comprised of the Forensic Science Laboratory, the Controlled Substances and Toxicology Laboratory and the Computer Crimes and Electronic Evidence Unit. During 2001 approximately 16,000 cases were received requiring analysis or laboratory services from the Forensic Science Laboratory. Additionally, 5,400 cases required analysis and/or laboratory services from the Controlled Substances and Toxicology Laboratory. The Computer Crimes Unit, experienced a 12 percent increase in the number of cases, over half of which involve child exploitation.
The Division of Protective Services, under the command of Deputy Commissioner Vincent J. DeRosa, is the newest division within the Department of Public Safety. This division has evolved since the terrorist activities throughout the United States on September 11, 2001. In addition to being the liaison with the Federal Office of Homeland Security, this Division coordinates efforts and fosters partnerships among state, local and federal agencies so as to utilize all available resources within state government to develop and implement unified safety and security measures to prevent, mitigate and manage incidents threatening the quality of life of the citizens of the State of Connecticut.