LEONARD C. BOYLE, Commissioner
Colonel Edward J. Lynch, Deputy Commissioner
Established - 1903
Statutory authority – Conn. Gen. Statutes Sec. 29-1b
Central office - 1111 Country Club Road,
Middletown, CT 06457-9294
Number of employees - 1,668, including 1,201 Troopers and 467 civilians
Recurring operating expenses - $137.7 million
Organizational structure – Office of the Commissioner; Division of State Police; Division of Fire, Emergency & Building 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.
(1) Protect the state and its citizens from harm.
(2) Enforce State and Federal laws fairly, evenly and equitably.
(3) Deliver services to the community through cooperative policing efforts.
(4) Coordinate both inside and outside the department to provide public safety services.
(5) Maintain and acquire efficient technology to provide for a quality workplace.
(6) Advance equal employment opportunity and career development for employees in the workplace.
(7) Accomplish these ends in keeping with the highest ethical and professional standards.
The Department of Public Safety consists of three divisions: the Division of State Police, the Division of Fire, Emergency, and Building Services, and the Division of Scientific Services. The Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, Leonard C. Boyle, as Chief Executive Officer, State Fire Marshal, and a member of the State Traffic Commission, is assisted by three Division heads and the following units and functions: Chief of Staff, Public Information Office, Legislative Liaison, Legal Affairs Unit, Equal Opportunity Employment Compliance Unit, and the Bureau of Management Support.
The Bureau of Management Support, under the direction of Chief Fiscal Administrative Officer Michael R. Wambolt, comprises Fiscal Services, Human Resources, and Employee Safety/OSHA. Fiscal Services is responsible for the preparation, management and expenditure of the agency’s $138 million operating budget, as well as the administration of the $5 million capital budget, $100 million of state and federal grants, and $5 million of other funded programs. The units constituting Fiscal Services include Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, General Accounting, the Quartermaster and Inventory Control. In FY 04, the unit processed over 6,000 purchase orders and paid over 15,000 invoices. The agency’s inventory is valued at more than $100 million. Human Resources provides a uniform and equitable system of personnel administration for the agency’s 1,668 employees who are members of seven labor unions, and also administers the agency’s Workers’ Compensation program. The agency’s safety officer conducts comprehensive occupational safety inspections of department facilities to ensure compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and works to reduce employee injuries and Workers’ Compensation costs.
Colonel Edward J. Lynch is the Commanding Officer of the Division of State Police. The Division is divided into two components: the Office of Field Operations, which provides law enforcement and public safety services to Connecticut’s citizens, and the Office of Administrative Services, which supports field operations, maintains several registries and licensing bureaus, and selects and trains Connecticut State Troopers.
The Office of Field Operations, under the command of Lt. Col. Vincent E. McSweeney, is responsible for the delivery of police services statewide through three geographical districts, including a total of 12 Troops, three major crime squads, a traffic services unit, the Emergency Services Unit and the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
During the fiscal year 2004/2005 there were 465,108 calls for service, including 27,299 criminal and 34,672 traffic accident investigations. Troopers issued 200,787 summonses for violations of motor vehicle laws.
The Connecticut State Police received initial accreditation status through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 1988. Our Agency completed its most recent on-site assessment in April 2004. Following this successful assessment, we have received re-accreditation status through 2006. The formal awarding of this certification was made at the CALEA Conference held in Buffalo, New York on July 31st, 2004. This accreditation demonstrates our agency’s compliance with the most stringent of administrative and operational standards. These standards are recognized and accepted both nationally and internationally. The Connecticut State Police remain one of the larger CALEA accredited agencies.
The Division of State Police is committed to ensuring that the public safety needs of the citizens of the State of Connecticut are met. In the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks and with the mandate of Homeland Security in the United States, the Division of State Police continues to deploy State Troopers in the continuing effort to maintain the safety and security of the citizens of the State of Connecticut.
In July 2004, the State of Massachusetts requested law enforcement assistance at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. Governor M. Jodi Rell deployed thirty-five State Troopers to assist the Massachusetts State Police with security at the convention. In August 2004, the State of New York requested law enforcement assistance at the Republican National Convention in New York City. Governor Rell deployed 40 State Troopers to assist the New York State Police. State Troopers provided security on all Metro-North and Amtrak passenger trains traveling into Connecticut from Grand Central Station and Penn Station in New York.
In April 2005, the State of Connecticut participated in a multi-national Homeland Security exercise called “TopOff 3”. Participating along with the State of Connecticut was the State of New Jersey and the countries of Canada and Great Britain. Governor Rell deployed 150 State Troopers to participate in this training exercise from April 1st through April 6th.
On January 1, 2005, the Division of Homeland Security and the Department of Emergency Management combined, to form the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) under the command of Commissioner James “Skip” Thomas. The law enforcement component of the new agency currently consists of members of the Connecticut State Police, working under a Memorandum of Understanding with the new agency. The collaboration of the two agencies (DPS and DEMHS) will help to insure a comprehensive approach to all law enforcement aspects of public safety by both agencies.
Troopers assigned to the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security continued to act as the liaison with the federal Department of Homeland Security. The unit has worked cooperatively and collaboratively with all local, state, and federal agencies in a continued effort to foster and maintain partnerships that will provide the best unified approach to the prevention, mitigation and management of incidents, natural or manmade, that threaten the quality of life enjoyed by the citizens of the State of Connecticut.
The Office of Administrative Services (OAS), under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Cheryl A. Malloy, is divided into two bureaus, the Bureau of Technology and Telecommunications Resources and the Bureau of Training and Support Services. OAS also includes the Infrastructure Planning and Facilities Management Section.
OAS provides training, planning and support to the agency through a wide array of commands, including the State Police Training Academy, Selections and Investigative Support, Support Services, Crimes Analysis, COMPSTAT, Grants Administration, Community Policing, Fleet Administration, Field Technology, DPS Communications Center, Criminal Justice Information Services, Bond Management and Capitol Improvement.
With the support of the Governor and the General Assembly, great strides have been made in enhancing identification technology through a $7.6 million Automated Fingerprint Identification System. This system began operation in October 2004 and has dramatically sped up the processing of criminal offender and civil applicant fingerprint operations. Significant progress has also been made towards enhancing the Statewide ITAC/ICALL Interoperability communications system for use in emergency situations.
The Division of Fire, Emergency and Building Services (“DFEBS”), under the command of Division Executive Director Wayne H. Maheu, comprises 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 Inspector.
The DFEBS has responsibility for a range of non-police related public safety matters. Duties include administering the state fire safety code to insure that fire will not take a life in our place of work or recreation, assuring the safety of children riding carnival rides, assuring assistance when our citizens and visitors dial “9-1-1” for help, overseeing the construction of college dormitories to insure the safety of the residents, the inspection of the elevators throughout the State, inspecting the boilers that heat and power our State, and training local officials to perform their public safety responsibilities. The members of the Division of Fire, Emergency and Building Services are committed to professionalism in the preservation of life and property.
The Division of Scientific Services consists of the Forensic Science Laboratory, the Controlled Substances and Toxicology Laboratory and the Computer Crimes and Electronic Evidence Unit. During 2004 the Forensic Science Laboratory received approximately 72,000 cases requiring analysis or other laboratory services. Additionally, the Controlled Substances and Toxicology Laboratory received approximately 6,000 cases for analysis. The Computer Crimes and Electronic Evidence Unit experienced a 10 percent increase in the number of cases, which involve child exploitation.
A. The State Police Bureau of Identification secured a contract for the procurement of a new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) in October 2003. The system was designed and installed in ten months and began operations in October 2004. With over fifty electronic fingerprinting devices called Live Scans connected to AFIS, approximately seventy percent of all criminal fingerprint submissions in Connecticut are being electronically processed. The project, at a projected cost of $7.6 million, was delivered on time and under budget. Also, the state police COLLECT Unit is in the process of replacing the state’s law enforcement communications system. This is an $8.5 million project that is well into the testing phase with full implementation expected by Spring 2006. Both of these major criminal justice/public safety projects are being funded through approved bonding.
B. The original AFIS System has been upgraded to allow faster turn-around time for latent fingerprint searches. Latent fingerprint terminals also allow for direct searching of the IAFIS, a national fingerprint database administered by the FBI.
C. In April 2005, the 116th Training Troop graduated from the Training Academy in Meriden, adding 53 new troopers to the field troops geographically located throughout the state.
D. The agency has begun a computer generated statistical analysis (COMPSTAT) of all activities so as to more effectively deploy personnel and resources to combat criminal activity and areas of a high concentration of accidents. This COMPSTAT initiative is modeled after that of the New York City police department and will soon be implemented in all 12-field troops.
E. The CTS unit has trained 380 Dispatchers, Police Officers, Firefighters, and EMS professionals in the operations of ITAC/ICALL. We have also issued 721 portable ITAC/ICALL radios to local authorities and have assigned 72 to the Office of Emergency Management Decontamination Trailers, to ensure radio interoperability statewide. All personnel who have been issued the portable radios have been trained in its proper use.
F. The Office of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications completed the upgrade of all 107 public safety-answering points (PSAPs) to provide location information for cellular 9-1-1 calls. This initiative required the acquisition and installation of digital mapping at each location. A map update process is underway to ensure that the map information is correct for all 169 towns and cities in Connecticut. They also completed a study of funding for all public safety answering points, which resulted in the passage of legislation to increase funding levels to all PSAPs, and implemented a public education program regarding the use of 911. Public service announcements featuring Governor Rell have been created and are being aired on television and radio stations.
G. The Office of the State Building Inspector has completed the 2005 State Building Code and readied it for the adoption process and prepared and delivered multiple educational programs based on the new code. They have also reduced the turnaround time for building code modification requests. The Bureau of Boilers has reduced the inspection backlog from 40 percent to zero and, at the same time, has cleared 1,000 violations.
H. The Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) promulgated a New State Fire Safety Code, which matches the requirements of the New State Building Code and saw that Connecticut’s First Fire Prevention Code was passed by the legislature and signed into law by the governor.
I. With the change in the law for licensing requirements for Hoisting Equipment Operators that became effective on October 1, 2004, the volume of requests for new licenses in the License and Permit Section of the OSFM increases daily to bring the previous fiscal year total of 2,000 licenses issued to over 3,000 since October 1.
J. LUMA Lights and Laser Survey equipment have been purchased for both Fire Investigation Units in the OSFM and their safety equipment was upgraded to respirators and self-contained breathing apparatus to ensure the safety of the fire scene investigators.
K. The Office of Education and Data Management (OEDM) is revising training curriculum for Building and Fire Officials in accordance with the new CT Fire Safety Code and new CT State Building Code along with the training curriculum for the E 9-1-1 Telecommunicators. The OEDM, along with the Department of Information Technology, is developing reports to summarize fire data submitted under the CT Fire Incident Reporting System which will be available on line on their website by August 1, 2005.
L. The Forensic Science Laboratory has been chosen as one of four laboratories to form a Regional Mitochondrial DNA Laboratory in partnership with the FBI. This fully FBI-supported program involves hiring and training laboratory personnel, as well as funding for all equipment and supplies. It is anticipated that casework will begin in September 2005.
M. The Forensic Science Laboratory continued to expand its Convicted Felon DNA Database with 15,000+ samples collected and submitted during 2004. Those samples are now in the process of being analyzed and added to the CODIS/DNA Database.
N. The Critical Infrastructure Unit has been working in conjunction with the federal Department of Homeland Security, private industry and local municipalities in the Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP) in an effort to improve physical security at sites deemed “critical” within the state of Connecticut, by the federal Department of Homeland Security. The unit has completed the first phase of the BZPP, (17 sites), and it is anticipated that future sites will be identified in the near future. The unit continues to provide security assessments for critical infrastructure that include the POSTC Training Academy and Pitkin Tunnel in New Haven to name a few. The unit is currently working in conjunction with CONN-DOT in the physical security assessment of all rail facilities within their purview.
O. The Statewide Anti-Terrorism Task Force has co-located with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in an effort to streamline investigations and response to terrorism related allegations and incidents. As well, all agencies will maintain a Field Intelligence Group (FIG), essentially acting as a clearinghouse for terrorist and criminal intelligence, which is then distributed statewide to all law enforcement agencies. This multi-jurisdictional approach is truly a milestone for the State of Connecticut and should enhance the ability of all federal, state and local agencies to share vital intelligence in a timely fashion.
P. The Statewide Anti – Terrorism Training component continues to train state and local law enforcement officers in the area of Suicide Bomber and State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) and have trained approximately 4,000 officers to date. Operation Safeguard, a terrorism awareness training program, is also provided for private security entities with over 400 trained to date. A Terrorism Liaison Officer Program (TLO) has been initiated to identify and train liaison officers within each agency to improve the overall sharing of terrorism related information statewide. Two TLO conferences have been held to date, which have included over 400 state and local officers. A third TLO conference was held exclusively for executive level personnel with over 150 attendees.
Q. The Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) successfully participated in “TOPOFF 3” working jointly with USAR teams from Massachusetts and New Jersey. The mission during this drill was searching for, locating and recovering victims within in a simulated 5 story building collapse, (rubble pile) built specifically for the drill. The rubble pile, which in fact is a professionally engineered training environment, was moved from the “TOPOFF 3” site to a site at Bradley Airport. The training environment, the first of its kind in the northeast, will be utilized in the future to train USAR members, K-9 teams, as well as other special units within the State Police and outside agencies.
R. In May 2005, Governor Rell instituted the “Following Too Closely” Campaign, a joint effort of the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Connecticut State Police to combat the dangerous practice of tailgating. As of July 4, 2005, nearly 1,000 citations have been issued to commercial and passenger vehicles for violating the state statute against Following Too Closely.