THOMAS E. FLAHERTY, Executive Director
Central office -
Number of employees - 25
Recurring operating expenses - $2,899,052
Organizational structure - Office of the Executive Director; Basic Training Division; Field Services Training Division; Management Services Division; Certification Division and Office of State Accreditation.
The Police Officer Standards and Training Council has a three-fold mission. First, it is committed to providing innovative, credible and responsive high quality basic, advanced and specialized training to Connecticut police officers in an economical manner and in amounts sufficient to enable them to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to serve the public with commitment, empathy and competence.
The Police Officer Standards and Training Council is also committed to adopting and enforcing professional standards for certification and for decertification of Connecticut’s police officers, in a manner consistent with the law, considerate of the regulated community and uncompromising as to basic values, and ethics.
Third, the Police Officer Standards and Training Council is charged with developing, adopting and revising a comprehensive accreditation standards program for local law enforcement units, to grant accreditation to those units that demonstrate their compliance with such standards and to conduct assessments to determine such unit’s compliance with such standards.
responsibilities are to provide basic police and in-service police training and
set entry-level educational, licensing and training standards for all non-state
police division police officers in the State of Connecticut; accredit training
programs offered to police recruits in police academies; control the
certification of police instructors; establish procedures for certified review
training; oversee and award credit for certified review training of veteran
officers and recertify triennially those who qualify; and encourage the growth
of professional development, and continuing education programs for police
officers. In addition to town and city
police, the agency also regulates, and oversees the training of, police
personnel from the four police departments of the
and additions to the
The Basic Training Division conducted five training sessions graduating 200 recruit officers.
The elective Electronic Defense Weapon training was continued with 89 recruits being certified in their use.
The Division is currently updating the Field Training Program, the Division’s Operating Procedures/Rules & Regulations, and the Basic Recruit Training curriculum with an ultimate goal of gaining “Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation” through the “Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.”
The Basic Training Division through the use of voluntary training officers from various law enforcement, state, and civic agencies covered approximately 6,000 training hours for a savings of approximately $120,000.
working with the
The Division is
also currently working with the
The Field Services Training Division which provides in-service training sponsored 195 course offerings in which 6,180 police officers were trained in executive development, supervisory and management topics, legal update, criminal and crash investigation, drug enforcement techniques, advanced firearms, and other specialized and technical training programs.
Incident Management training program has been fully implemented and integrated
into our core management curriculum.
Currently over 800 supervisors have been trained under this management
program. An introduction to critical
incident management procedures has been added to all basic recruit training
programs with the instruction provided by a cadre of
The agency, in
conjunction with the Connecticut State Police,
This agency has also worked closely with the Division of Homeland Security, the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association and the Anti-Defamation League to develop training programs to enhance law enforcement response to terrorist events and to enhance the law enforcement community’s ability to prevent terrorist events, to be funded by the Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program federal grant.
The agency’s expanded website page, the “Career Opportunities in Law Enforcement” link that aids police agencies in their recruiting processes and the interested public to where to seek information to begin a career in law enforcement has received approximately 72,000 hits during this reporting period. Several other pages have been added to the website including a page as a courtesy for qualified candidates seeking positions as a Chief Executive Officer for a law enforcement unit. In 2005, the entire website merged to the CT-DSF Portal Site. The concept of the portal design ensures ease of use and continuity of the agency website. The “Latest News” feature on the homepage allows for important announcements to be displayed in a timely manner. The In-Service Training Division “Training Courses” page has received approximately 16,000 hits during the reporting period. This page allows officers to view training courses offered by POSTC. Another important page added deals with the agency’s affirmative action policies. These include the Affirmative Action Policy Statement, Sexual Harassment Policy, Anti-Harassment Policy, the Drug Free Workplace Policy and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The agency’s Certification
Division has started the second round of onsite audits for compliance of police
departments completing 70 this year.
Five of the seven POST Council certified satellite academies graduated
recruits this year (
planning function is performed by a Council subcommittee studying the issues
and making recommendations to the full Council.
That subcommittee's long-term efforts, along with the full Council, at
funding a state of the art imaginative and long overdue upgrading and expansion
of the Council's
Comprehensive Municipal Police Training Plan as Required by Sec. 7-294c
Our training plan
includes provisions to train approximately 250 municipal police officers per
year at our residential
Additionally, our training plan includes providing and or sponsoring in-service training programs to accommodate approximately 8,000 sworn in-service officers in this state to assist them in complying with our POSTC mandated 60 hour review training cycle every three years.
Furthermore, we are currently in the process of revising our entire recruit training curriculum to reflect developments in police training nationwide and to provide current, comprehensive and meaningful training to our students.
Accounting of Grants, Contributions, Gifts, Donations or Other Financial Assistance as Required by Sec. 7-294c.
This agency has
entered into a formal Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Public
Safety and the State Department of Education (
Our grant accounting is as follows:
1. Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Grant
FY 06-07 – 04/01/06 – 9/30/06, Amount $215,027
2. Police Training On Stop Violence Against Women Grant Program
Grant# VAW931-16, Dates: 4/1/05-6/30/06, Amount $57,000
3. State Accreditation Standards for Local Police Agencies Program
Grant # BF03-7A01YR1, Dates: 10/1/03-12/31/06, Amount $116,228
The agency received
no donations during the reporting period, however as a result of the
termination of the Connecticut Police Corps, the Police Officer Standards and
Training Council voted to authorize this academy to absorb the Connecticut
Police Corps inventory of equipment.
This equipment will be used at the
The members of the Council are: Chief Anthony J. Salvatore, Sr., Chairperson, Cromwell; Chief Peter A. Agnesi, UConn Health Center; Chief Douglas L. Dortenzio, Wallingford; Chief Louis J. Fusaro, Sr., Norwich; Chief Robert S. Hudd, University of Connecticut; Chief Edmund H. Mosca, Old Saybrook; Chief Harry W. Rilling, Norwalk; Chief Thomas J. Sweeney, Glastonbury; Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr., East Haven; First Selectman Russell M. Gray, Sterling; Dr. Amy K. Donahue, West Hartford; Carolyn J. Moffatt, Naugatuck; Howard L. Burling, II, Bristol; Kurt P. Cavanaugh, Glastonbury; Rev. King T. Hayes, South Windsor; James N. Tallberg, Esq., Rocky Hill; and Christopher L. Morano, Chief State’s Attorney; Leonard C. Boyle, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety and Kimberly Mertz, Special-Agent-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, are ex-officio members.