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The Connecticut State Police Union continues to be committed to improving the working conditions of our 1,040 members (Troopers, Sergeants, and Master Sergeants).
On Friday, July 31, 2015, NBC Connecticut News released a news video regarding the arrest of a Connecticut Professor over a Racial Profiling Claim. Please click on the link to view the NBC Connecticut News video: Connecticut Professor Arrested Over Racial Profiling Claim
On May 9, 2015, Trooper John Such, of Troop H - Hartford conducted a motor vehicle stop for a motor vehicle violation. While performing his duties, Trooper Such conducted himself with professionalism and respect toward the operator and sole occupant of the vehicle, Minati Roychoudhuri, an Associate Professor with Capital Community College, located in Hartford.
On May 26, 2015, Associate Professor Roychoudhuri drafted the attached letter to Commissioner Dora Schriro, Senator Mae Flexer and Representative Gregg Haddad, alleging that Trooper Such had illegally “racially profiled” her during the motor vehicle stop. In the letter she also identified herself as a Professor at Capital Community College and stated, “I teach about diversity and the negative impact of racial profiling; I have now become a target of the same insidious behavior.”
Thankfully, Lieutenant Michael Pendleton and Lieutenant Michael Davis (both of Internal Affairs - Office of Professional Standards) were assigned to investigate the complaint. Lt. Pendleton and Lt. Davis were able to obtain a sworn written statement from Associate Professor Roychoudhuri, in which she swore to the same alleged illegal conduct by Trooper Such. Contrary to her allegations, the video recording of the motor vehicle stop proved Associate Professor Roychoudhuri knowingly and deliberately made a false complaint of racial discrimination. IA’s investigation was reviewed by the State’s Attorney’s office and they agreed to prosecute. As a result, on July 28, 2015 Associate Professor Roychoudhuri was arrested for violation of CGS: 53a-157(b), False Statement in the Second Degree.
The State Police Union leadership would like to thank Lt. Pendleton and Lt. Davis for the leadership and the skill they showed during this investigation. We should also recognize Commissioner Schriro, Colonel Meraviglia, LTC. Colonel Hyatt, Major Castagliuolo and the State’s Attorney’s office for sending a strong message that making malicious and false allegations will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted.
In response to Associate Professor Roychoudhuri’s wrongful conduct, the State Police Union leadership sent the attached letter to the President of Capital Community College, Dr. Wilfredo Nieves, which requests a public apology from the Capital Community College on behalf of Associate Professor Roychoudhuri. It also insists that Associate Professor Roychoudhuri be held accountable for her illegal and malicious actions.
On June 23, 2015, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a Member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and a leading voice for improved commercial motor vehicle safety, Andrew Matthews, Chairman of the National Troopers Coalition, safety advocates, truck crash victims, and other law enforcement held a press conference in Washington DC to urge the Senate to reject legalizing double 33-foot trailers on our nation’s highways.
The following Press Release was issued on May 18, 2015
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
Dr. Dora B. Schriro
For Immediate Release: May 18, 2015
Contact: Scott DeVico
DESPP Public Information Officer
DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION COMMISSIONER SCHRIRO COMPLETES REVIEW OF STATE POLICE DISPATCH, ANNOUNCES MODIFICATIONS
(MIDDLETOWN, CT) – Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora B. Schriro today announced that she hascompleted a comprehensive review of consolidated dispatch and outlined a plan moving forward. The plan, in addition to the previously announced 24/7 barracks coverage and the redirecting of administrative calls back to the troops, calls for the following:
"Our State Police Troops are critical to the communities they serve and this plan will yield optimal operational efficiencies at every troop," said Commissioner Schriro. "These adjustments, coupled with the previous improvements that we put into place, will significantly enhance our dispatch operations. The Troops, their towns, local leaders and our stakeholders all contributed to the development of this plan."
The roll out of this plan will coincide with the installation of the state's new next-generation 9-1-1 system and will begin in the coming weeks, with a projected completion date of this fall.
Last year, as part of the initial review of dispatch consolidation, Commissioner Schriro directed the restoration of 24/7 coverage at all state police barracks across the state, keeping the barracks open and accessible to the public around the clock and redirected administrative calls that are not urgent in nature to the local Troops for individualized attention. The Commissioner also established several standing advisory groups consisting of COST and CCM members and troop personnel.
Commissioner Schriro’s top to bottom review has included numerous tours of the 11 troops, on-going conversations with sworn and civilian line staff, supervisors and managers and dispatcher family members; meetings with employee bargaining units and its members; meetings with state legislators and local leaders; collection and analysis of data; a tour of the New York City’s 911 call center and consultations with several other states regarding their 911 and dispatching activities.