At a Glance
JOHN A. DANAHER III, Commissioner
Colonel Thomas Davoren, Deputy Commissioner
Established - 1903 as the Connecticut State Police Department (The Department of Public Safety was established in 1977 by PA 77-614)
Statutory authority – CGS Sec. 29-1b
Central office -
Number of employees - 1,739, including 1,226 Troopers and 513 civilians
Recurring operating expenses - $167.7 million
Organizational structure –
Office of the Commissioner; Division of State Police; Division of Fire, Emergency & Building Services; Division of Scientific Services.
“The Connecticut Department of Public Safety is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing enforcement, regulatory, and scientific services through prevention, education, and innovative use of technology.”
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) 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, John A Danaher III, 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 $167.7 million operating budget, as well as, processing expenditures from the $22 million capital budget, $40 million of state and federal grants. The units constituting Fiscal Services include: Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, General Accounting, the Quartermaster and Inventory Control. In fiscal year (FY) 07, the unit processed over 4,000 purchase orders and paid over 20,000 invoices. The agency’s inventory is valued at approximately $117 million. Human Resources provide a uniform and equitable system of personnel administration for the agency’s 1,739 employees who are members of seven labor unions, and also administer the agency’s Workers’ Compensation program. The agency’s safety officer conducts comprehensive occupational safety inspections of the department facilities to ensure compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and works to reduce employee injuries and Workers’ Compensation costs.
The Division of State Police is under the direction of Colonel Thomas Davoren and consists of approximately 1,226 sworn troopers. It is considered the oldest state police division in the nation. With ever-increasing responsibilities, our Troopers and support staff have risen to the challenge securing the safety and preserving the quality of life we all enjoy as citizens of this great State.
The Division is divided into two components: the Office of Field Operations, which provides direct law enforcement services to the citizens of the state, and the Office of Administrative Services, which provides logistical support while maintaining several registries and licensing bureaus. Additionally, it provides training for all Connecticut State Troopers.
The Division and its employees are committed to ensuring the safety of all members of the Department.
State Police is steadfast in its commitment to provide the best possible law
enforcement services to the State of
The Connecticut State Police received initial accreditation status through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 1988, and were re-accredited in April of 2007. This accreditation demonstrates the 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 remains one of the larger CALEA accredited agencies.
The Office of Professional Standards, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Duffy, is responsible for the Internal Affairs Office and reports directly to the Commissioner of Public Safety. This office is assigned serious incidents of police misconduct and is responsible for all administrative procedures and controls governing internal investigations and record keeping. The office also makes information available to the public, through PIO and the Internet regarding procedures to follow to register complaints and commendations regarding the department or its employees. This unit has recently been restructured and is additionally staffed by two Captains, seven Lieutenants, five Sergeants and two clerical support staff.
The Office of Field Operations, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Peter R. Terenzi III, is responsible for the delivery of police services statewide through three geographical districts (including a total of 12 Troops), three Major Crime Squads, the Traffic Services Unit, the Emergency Services Unit, the Bureau of Organized Crime, the Bureau of Special Investigations and the Office of Domestic Terrorism.
The Bureau of Organized Crime consists of several investigative units within the Department of Public Safety. These units include The Statewide Narcotics Task Force (SNTF); The Statewide Organized Crime Investigative Task Force (SOCITF); The Statewide Urban Violence Cooperative Crime Control Task Force (SUVCCCTF); The Connecticut Regional Auto Theft Task Force (CRATTF); The Motor Vehicle Fraud Task Force (MVFTF); and the Statewide Firearms Trafficking Task Force (SFTTF). Each of these units conducts a wide variety of both long-term and short-term criminal investigations. While primarily staffed with state police personnel, some of the Bureau’s units are augmented with personnel from several local police departments, the Connecticut Motor Vehicle Department, and the Connecticut National Guard. Many investigations conducted by the Bureau of Organized Crime are ones that partner with the FBI, DEA, and other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Statewide Narcotics Task Force (SNTF)
SNTF is a task force that is comprised of
both state troopers and local law enforcement officers from several police
SNTF investigators conduct a wide variety of investigations concerning illegal narcotics here in CT. Personnel work closely on a regular basis with the FBI and DEA on both state and federal level narcotic investigations.
Statewide Organized Crime Investigative Task Force (SOCITF)
SOCITF has the responsibility of conducting investigations into organizations that conduct illegal activities here in CT. These investigations are varied and often are long-term investigations that may partner with other law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, DEA, and other CT local law enforcement agencies.
Statewide Urban Violence Cooperative Crime Control Task Force (SUVCCCTF)
SUVCCCTF has the responsibility of
conducting investigations to improve quality of life issues in areas across
CT. These investigations include
narcotic and firearm violations, prostitution, and other matters that affect
the quality of life in
CRATTF has the responsibility of investigating crimes involving the theft of automobiles and other vehicles in which individuals are involved in single and multiple thefts of vehicles. CRATTF is staffed with state troopers, local police officers, and by a member of the CT MVD.
Motor Vehicle Department Task Force:
This task force is responsible for investigating the illegal issuance (and possession) of drivers licenses here in CT.
Statewide Firearms Trafficking Task Force (SFTTF):
SFTTF investigators are responsible for
the investigation of illegal weapon sales and transfers in
Traffic Services Unit (TSU)
During 2006, there were 495,643 calls for service, including 27,766 criminal and 25,529 traffic accident investigations. Troopers issued 167,967 summonses for violations of motor vehicle laws. Since the CSP/DMV “Following Too Close” enforcement initiative on May 2, 2005 the department has issued 18,000 citation including 3,100 for following too close violations.
The Traffic Services Unit (TSU) is responsible for the administration of all specialized traffic enforcement activities statewide and provides traffic-related services to State Police Troops and municipal police agencies upon request. The TSU continued its participation in the joint-agency (DPS and DMV) Following Too Closely enforcement initiative, announced in May 2005. Since its inception, over 11,000 citations have been issued, including over 2,500 for following too closely violations. Driving Under the Influence enforcement continues to be a significant agency focus. During the fiscal year, the TSU sought and obtained a highway safety grant from Connecticut DOT to support the purchase and acquisition of a DUI Mobile Enforcement Support Vehicle, which will allow troopers to conduct breath alcohol testing of arrested operators at sobriety checkpoint locations. In September 2005, the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad (CARS) was formed as a sub-component of TSU. This squad provides full-time collision analysis and reconstruction services to State Police commands and municipal police agencies upon request.
Bureau of Special Investigations
This bureau is a highly sophisticated and
multi faceted investigative wing of the Connecticut State Police comprised of
complex departmental units such as Homeland Security, The Fugitive Task Force,
The Extradition Unit, The Casino Unit and CTIC. The bureau is responsible for
unique police functions in a myriad of capacities. In today’s fast paced world
this bureau literally comprises a front line of defense for the citizens of
this state with Homeland Security being responsible for extensive
responsibility in a highly populated state proximal to
In April 2006, the Office of Field
Operations, along with the Office of Domestic Terrorism, the Traffic Services
Unit, and the Emergency Services Unit, participated in a Homeland Security
exercise in connection with the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) of critical
medical items. The mission of the Office
of Field Operations was to provide security and escorts for the SNS upon its
The Office of
Field Operations continues to participate in the development of statewide mass
evacuation plans that would be implemented in the event of an emergency
declaration by the Governor. These plans
include the contra-flow of traffic on selected highways to facilitate the
expeditious evacuation of
EMERGENCY SERVICES UNIT
The Emergency Services Unit is comprised
of the Bomb Squad, Dive Team, Tactical Team (SWAT), Negotiators, Aviation,
Marine, and Canine Section. Emergency Services is headquartered at Troop K in
o Incidents involving explosives
o Search for explosives (K9)
o Fireworks seizures
o Storage of Explosive evidence (not including IED’s) as evidence.
o Technical assistance for Post Blast Investigations
o Destruction of old ammunition, flares and chemical munitions
Hazardous Materials Technician assistance
Any incident involving the use or threatened use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction including Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosives (CBRNE) types of incidents.
Dive and Marine Unit
Any emergency in a marine environment including
§ Lost boaters
§ Search & rescue
§ Underwater evidence recovery.
Any high risk incident including:
§ barricaded subjects
§ hostage situations
§ searches for armed and dangerous subjects
§ high risk warrant service.
§ Special transportation protection (e.g. high risk prisoners, narcotics, firearms)
o Dignitary protection
o Hostage Negotiators for any tactical situation as well as suicidal individuals threatening the use of physical force against themselves or another.
Civil Disturbance teams for any civil disturbance or riot situation.
Canine assistance is available for the following types of situations;
o Tracking, building search, criminal apprehension
o Search and rescue,
o Body recovery,
o Searches for explosives, narcotics and evidence of accelerants in suspected arson situations.
o K-9 Training for authorized Departments
Aviation assistance is available for the following types of situations:
o Traffic enforcement,
o Search and rescue,
o Marijuana field location and eradication,
o Aerial photo missions,
o Tactical operations and medical transport.
Emergency Medical support is available for tactical situations, Weapon of Mass Destruction incidents, mass casualty incidents and search and rescue.
Emergency generators and lighting are available for natural and man-made disasters.
The Office of Administrative Services, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Cheryl A. Malloy, is divided into three bureaus, the Bureau of Research and Information Services, the Bureau of Infrastructure and Communications and the Bureau of Training and Support Services, as well as, the Infrastructure Planning and Facilities Management Section, the Criminal Justice Information Systems Section, and Grants & Contracts Sections.
The Office of Administrative Services provides training, planning, and support duties to the agency through a wide array of commands comprising each bureau; including the State Police Training Academy, Selections and Investigative Support; Reports & Records, Background Investigative Unit, Polygraph Unit; Crimes Analysis, CompStat, Grants & Contracts Administration; Fleet Administration; DPS Communications Center, Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management System, Facilities Management, Bond Management and Capitol Improvement, Criminal Justice Information Services, Telecommunications, the statewide radio system; Special Licensing and Firearms Unit; Sex Offender Registry Section.
The Division of Fire, Emergency, and Building Services (“DFEBS”), under the command of Director Robert Ross, comprises the Office of Education and Data Management, the Office of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications, the Office of State Fire Marshal, and the Office of the State Building Inspector.
DFEBS has responsibility for a wide range of public safety matters. Those duties include; administering the state fire safety and building codes to ensure safety in our places of work or recreation, assuring the safety of children riding carnival rides and families attending theaters, ensuring fireworks and explosives safety through licensing and inspection of vehicles, crane/hoisting licensing and accident investigations, assuring assistance when our citizens and visitors dial “9-1-1” for help, overseeing the construction of college dormitories to ensure the safety of the residents, the inspection of the elevators throughout the state, inspecting the boilers that heat and power our state, assisting municipal officials in fire cause investigations and hazardous materials accidents, 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.
OFFICE OF EDUCATION AND DATA MANAGEMENT
The Office of Education and Data Management is in the implementation stage of a data management project for a comprehensive Training, Licensure and Certification Data Management System. The system is comprised of training, licensure and certification records for over 3,000 emergency dispatchers, building code officials, and fire investigator and code officials. Certified and licensed individuals will be able to access their personal training records online through a personal identification number and will be able to apply online for telecommunicator, building and fire programs and continuing education.
OFFICE OF STATEWIDE EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS (OSET)
The Office of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications (OSET) provides for statewide Enhanced 9-1-1 planning and implementation, public safety telecommunicator training and certification, public safety frequency coordination, funding for regional communications centers, funding for cities with populations greater than 40,000, CSP PSAPs, grant assistance for capital expenses for public safety answering points (PSAPs) and grant assistance for coordinated medical emergency direction (CMED) During fiscal year 2006-2007 the Office of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications provided for services, equipment and grants in the amount of $26,643,831.62.
During fiscal year 06/07 OSET completed a comprehensive study and plan for the creation of a Connecticut Public Safety Data Network. The planned data network will allow for the creation of a next generation enhanced 9-1-1 system that will allow the transmission of cell phone photos, text messaging, real time video, and the transfer of data from public safety answering point to public safety answering point.
OSET also provided for the update of the statewide geographic information systems map information to all PSAP. The maintenance of the statewide map provides public safety and all state and local governmental agencies with common street center line and street address information for emergency response purposes as well as other state, regional and local mapping needs.
chairmanship and plan development for the six state New
OSET has developed an RFP for the acquisition of a new software platform for 9-1-1 call handling at the state’s 107 public safety answering points. The new software platform will allow for next generation features to be utilized in the receipt and processing of approximately 2.5 million calls annually.
New legislation, passed in FY06/07, regarding prepaid wireless phones and Voice over Internet Phones (VoIP) will generate significant revenue into the Enhanced 9-1-1 fund. Previously prepaid wireless phones and VoIP did not pay into the 9-1-1 fund.
The Office of State Fire Marshal had success in several areas of its responsibilities. A new west fire investigation van was purchased by the Connecticut FAIRPlan and went into service. Staffing levels were increased to meet the workload. The Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement conducted several operations that lead to the arrests and seizures of illegal display fireworks. Legislatively, the fees collected by the office were increased, fire safe cigarettes requirements will decrease the number of fires started by discarded and unattended cigarettes, and a broader definition of amusement rides will make it safer for patrons riding them. The Bureau of Engineering participated in the additional UConn inspection program and developed an evaluation form for abandoned mills and provided a conference to local code officials regarding the dangers associated with those structures. Both programs were at the request of the Governor.
OFFICE OF THE STATE BUILDING INSPECTOR
As a result of recent legislation, an MOU was signed by the President of the University and the Commissioner of DPS assigning oversight of the UConn Office of the Fire Marshal and Building Inspector to the Deputy State Fire Marshal and the State Building Inspector. The MOU further provides for the hiring and assignment of a DPS manager to direct the day-to-day operations of the UConn office. The tasks that this office has undertaken are various, complicated and important. The office has been charged with forensically investigating existing buildings for building and fire safety code violations and overseeing the corrective work required to achieve compliance with the citations. In addition, a new procedure has been implemented whereby all new construction at the university will be subject to plan review, permitting, inspection and approval to occupy.
In the last year the outstanding work of the members of the Division of Scientific Services has been honored in the form of awards, departmental unit citations, as well as recognition from the FBI and the administrators of the computerized ballistics database. Additionally, numerous letters of commendation from the departments served have been received at the Division.
On May 14th, 2007, the Forensic Science Laboratory received its re-accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) for meeting or exceeding the standards and requirements of the ASCLD/Lab Accreditation Manual in the disciplines of Trace Evidence, Biology, Firearms/Tool marks, Questioned Documents and Latent Prints. The re-accreditation of the laboratory is for 5 years. Also, for the first time, the Toxicology Laboratory has applied for Accreditation and will be inspected in September 2007.
Forensic Laboratory’s Firearms Section along with the DNA Section, are both
approaching their 500th database hit in their areas. The Firearms
Section has identified 489 cold hits in the NIBIN System on ballistic evidence
recovered from unsolved
Computer Crime and Electronic Evidence Laboratory has received confirmation of
continuing grant funding from the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task
Force in the amount of $425,000. During the past year, the Computer Crime and
Electronic Laboratory investigated 211 Cybertips from the
The Laboratory has enjoyed high success rates with state-of-the-art database capabilities in place at the facility:
The original Automated Fingerprint
Identification System (AFIS) in the Latent Print Section was upgraded by the
installation of the COGENT™ system for fingerprint and palm print
searches. Over 6,000 prints were sent
for searching with 522 searches resulting in “hits.” In addition, the Latent Print Section recently
solved a 2001 cold case from
The National Integrated Ballistics
Identification Network (NIBIN) continues to aid in numerous criminal
investigations. Approximately 3,000 pieces of evidence/destruction test fires
have been entered into the system this year.
A total of 700 cold hits have occurred through the use of this
database. In addition, it has been shown
that 15 of the recent
The Combined DNA Indexing System (CODIS)
convicted offenders DNA database has added approximately 15,000 new searchable
profiles during the year. The expansion
has resulted in 140 hits to cases that originally did not have suspects. Most notably, the suspect in a high profile
homicide was linked to an unsolved home invasion and sexual assault that took
place two years prior. The DNA Unit also
assisted police agencies in
The Forensic Biology Section has continued to carry one of the highest per examiner caseloads in the Laboratory. Prior to being examined by other Laboratory sections, all sexual assault kits and most homicide cases are examined in this section.
The DNA Unit was assigned to work with the “Innocence Project” regarding an inmate serving a life sentence for rape. The unit’s re-examination of the evidence and use of new DNA techniques was vital in demonstrating that probative biological material did not originate from the inmate. The inmate was immediately released after serving 18 years and was granted a new trial based mainly on laboratory findings.
The diligent work of the Chemistry Section of the Laboratory was instrumental in the apprehension of a suspect in a series of explosions that took place in the Southwest region of the state in early 2006. Not only were the examiners able to link the cases, they were also able to provide vital information for investigators executing a search warrant of the suspect’s residence.
Sergeant Jim Smith of the Computer Crimes and Electronic Evidence Laboratory has received a National
award from the
THE OFFICE OF COUNTER TERRORISM
Prevention and Response - has continued to act as the liaison with the federal
Department of Homeland Security. This
office has worked 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 natural or manmade
incidents that threaten the quality of life enjoyed by the citizens of the
The Critical Infrastructure Unit has been
working in conjunction with the federal Department of Homeland Security,
private industry, and local municipalities to develop the Buffer Zone
Protection Program (BZPP) and the 2007 Critical Infrastructure Risk Analysis in
an effort to improve physical security at sites deemed “critical” within the State
There are troopers assigned to the FBI
Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in
The Connecticut Intelligence Center (CTIC)
has been developed as a regional intelligence center that collaborates with local,
state and tribal entities, bordering agencies, and federal agencies. CTIC works closely
with the FBI’s Field Intelligence Group (FIG) in
The Counter Terrorism Training Unit continues to train state and local law enforcement officers in the area of Suicide Bomber and State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) and has trained approximately 5,000 officers to date. “Operation Safeguard,” a terrorism awareness-training program, is also provided for private security entities with over 600 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 and crime related information statewide. This unit is developing several cutting edge training programs to include but not limited to an Advanced Suicide Bomber Training Program.
Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (CT-TF1) is a multi-discipline group of over
150 emergency medical technicians, firefighters, paramedics, and police
officers that represent municipal, state, and private industry emergency
response organizations from all corners of the State of