Sunday, February 19, 2006

Connecticut State Police, Too Corrupt to Run their own Internal Affairs?

From the Hartford Courant:


CONNECTICUT NEWS
State Police Inquiry Ongoing 170 Interviews Held On Internal Affairs
February 19, 2006 By TRACY GORDON FOX, Courant Staff Writer

New York State Police have conducted more than 170 interviews and have reviewed nearly 40 cases as part of a broad inquiry into allegations of questionable tactics used by members of the Connecticut State Police internal affairs unit.

And four months into the investigation, multiple teams of investigators from New York continue to arrange interviews with troopers and delve into the cases, some almost a decade old.

"No end date has been established," Lt. Glenn Miner, a New York State Police spokesman, said Thursday.

"The investigation is still ongoing."

The scope of the investigation ranges from allegations of tampering with investigations to punishing some troopers while excusing others for the same offense, a source close to the investigation said.

In some cases, troopers have alleged that top managers within the department were directing or influencing the outcome of the internal affairs inquiries.

"Based on the information we have gotten, it appears to me they are looking into even more information, more cases and more incidents," said David LeBlanc, president of the Connecticut State Police Union.

"It appears to us they are going even stronger, not wrapping it up.

The New York troopers are occupying space in two buildings in the state police complex in Meriden, and several weeks ago, six more investigators arrived to help organize the information.

"There are a lot of people wondering what is going to come out of this," LeBlanc said.

"No one really knows where it is going."

Public Safety Commissioner Leonard C. Boyle said he is directing the scope of the investigation, and that some cases have been brought to his attention.

"There have been isolated incidents I have asked New York to look into," he said.

Boyle said the investigation is beginning to wind down, although no date has been set for when it will conclude or when he may receive a report from the investigators.

The findings of the investigation will help Boyle decide what action, if any, to take, he said.

"These findings will tell me whether there was any misconduct, or whether bad judgments were made, and whether we need [to make changes] to internal affairs," Boyle said.

Meanwhile, an investigation by the attorney general's office into the practices of the internal affairs division continues, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said. He declined to comment on that investigation.

LeBlanc said there has been rampant speculation within the department on what the outcome is going to be.

Fueling rumors have been retirements of some high-ranking state police, including a major.

Boyle, however, has said the retirements had nothing to do with the investigation.

"I believe there will be strong and bold recommendations," LeBlanc said.

"I think if top managers are involved in inappropriate actions, that needs to be dealt with appropriately by the commissioner or the governor."

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My May 23, 2005, letter to Connecticut State Police Commissioner Leonard C. Boyle

My March 11, 2005, letter to the Commissioner with loads of links

ethics, shmethics ...

The Fix is in

Just Plain Disgusting

My letter to President George W. Bush on 09-15-2001

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