Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Asking Vance a question about writing police officers traffic tickets

Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office

Lt. J. Paul Vance
Commanding Officer
Lt. J. Paul Vance

The Public Information Office gathers and disseminates timely and accurate information regarding law enforcement efforts to the public through various print and broadcast media in the state of Connecticut.

Through the media, the PIO staff brings information to the public. This information might include serious highway accidents, missing persons or help wanted from potential witnesses to crimes or accidents. Information is distributed to Connecticut citizens through new releases, press conferences and special events. The PIO office of the Connecticut State Police is committed to ensuring that the public is aware of our activities, our services and our presence.

Click on the “press releases” link at left for the latest news from the Connecticut State Police. Click on “FAQs” for the most frequently asked questions of the PIO office.

Phone: (860) 685-8230

Fax: (860) 685-8301

E-mail: pio.dps@po.state.ct.us

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The above [found here]

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subject of email to Vance:
blog post inquiry about the laws in Connecticut regarding writing police officers traffic tickets

Text of Email:
Dear Sir,
I understand you are the media liaison.

I would like you to answer a few of my questions.

1. Are police officers required to follow traffic laws in the State of Connecticut if they aren't using their emergency lights and sirens?

2. Can citizens submit video so that officers may be written traffic tickets? If this is possible, what is the procedure, and contact people?

3. If police are caught breaking the law while on duty, or off, on video tape, is it legal for the officer to confiscate the camera and the footage, or destroying video footage?

I am reposting this email to you [here]

Thank you,
Steven G. Erickson

P.S. will you do a 20 minute interview with me that I intend on posting to Youtube.com?

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[click here] for my youtube.com videos


Blogger The Stark Raving Viking said...

reply received via email from VVance, Paul (Paul.Vance@po.state.ct.us):

Dear Steve,
I will try to answer your questions that we received via e-mail as I am the spokesman for the State Police here in Connecticut.

Police Officer may violate State traffic Laws in the performance of duty. An officer may for example observe a violation, try to catch up to a violator that committed the traffic violation. That officer must keep a visual on the violator, and also get into position to try to get a registration plate number before putting on emergency lights. A lot of this is for officer safety, violator safety and even to try to avoid a police pursuit situation.
A citizen can and they do register complaints with police departments. This can be done with a phone call with pertinent data of the alleged incident.
Your third question is vague. If you video tape something you own it so i don;t see where anyone would take it from you.
Hopefully this information is helpful to you.

LT .J. Paul Vance

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Vance didn't answer the question about his willingness for me to interview him for a youtube.com video.

I am surprised that he answered back. There is hope ...

Thursday, November 29, 2007 12:45:00 AM  

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