Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Bad Cop, No Donut


Vernon cop charged with computer crimes

By Jason Rowe, Journal Inquirer
July 06, 2005

VERNON -- A local police officer was arrested on numerous felony and misdemeanor charges Tuesday following a two-month investigation by local police detectives, police said today.

Officer John Troland, 29, of 10 Crown St. was charged with eight counts of interfering with the duties of a police officer, eight counts of second-degree reckless endangerment, 108 counts of third-degree computer crime, and two counts of false entry by an officer or agent of the public community, police said.

The computer crime charge is a felony while the other charges are misdemeanors, police said.

Troland began his police career in Vernon in January 1998, said Lt. John Collins, who heads the detective division. The arrests stem from an investigation begun in late April by supervisors in the detective division, Collins said. The criminal conduct occurred while Troland was both on and off-duty over the course of about two years, police said.

Because the case against Troland is still open, police officials would not comment on specific facts. Since the investigation began, Troland has been on paid administrative leave, which will continue until his employment status is reviewed by town and Police Department administration, officials said.

In a news release announcing the arrest, Chief Rudolf Rossmy said the charges against Troland demonstrate the department's commitment to investigate charges made against police.

"While the criminal arrest of a police officer is an extremely disconcerting event for the community and the Police Department itself, it demonstrates the Vernon Police Department's commitment to thoroughly and completely investigating allegations of misconduct made against its officers," Rossmy said.

Rossmy added that the department brought its suspicions of criminal conduct to the attention of the Tolland County State's Attorney and took appropriate action based on the findings of Vernon police supervisors.

While Mayor Ellen L. Marmer would not comment on the specifics of the case, she said officials have consulted with legal counsel to determine the next course of action in dealing with Troland's employment status.

"It's an unfortunate set of circumstances," Marmer said.

"I would like our community to not feel negative inclinations toward the police force because of this situation. Our officers are very dedicated."

Troland voluntarily turned himself in to detectives after he was told that they held warrants for his arrest, police said.

The warrants against Troland have been sealed. Troland was processed by police and arraigned in Superior Court on Tuesday.

He was released on $7,500 bond and is scheduled to return to Superior Court on Aug. 12, a court spokesman said.

In December 2002, Troland was named the Rockville community policing officer and was responsible for focusing on a six-street section in the heart of downtown.

While in Rockville, Troland worked out of a substation on Ward Street. Within the past year, Troland was reassigned to working other areas of the town. That reassignment was due to budget constraints and was not connected to the criminal investigation, Collins said.

©Journal Inquirer 2005

It is a good sign when at least a small percentage
of cops are getting nailed for at least a small percentage of the crimes COPS
commit. Out of all the police I have seen all over the US and 9 countries,
Connecticut’s seem to have the least quality control and the worst attitudes and
behavior towards the public that I have ever observed.

Most cops
are good citizens, the ones that are not give all a bad name.

-Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas

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