My office is helping coordinate an event at the State Capitol on August 23 called "Ride4Cops" and I was hoping perhaps you and some of your fellow chiefs or patrol officers would be interested in attending. Anyone is welcome to also invite fellow officers and attend the program portion at the capitol or choose to also participate in the ride if they would like to.
A good time was had by all at this year's convention. Golf prizes were for the longest drive and closest to the pin. Sally Schneider from Bearing Star (Arbella Insurance) and Reps from Darien Rowayton Bank awarded prizes to members who inquired about their products. Vin Demaio had a table set up with the new merchandise available in the PAC Store available only on this website. After the meeting appetizers were served with cold beverages & then steaks burgers and pulled pork went on the grill!
“Connecticut’s legislature has taken an important step to protect police officers and innocent citizens across our state by passing critical legislation that closes the Criminals that Resist Arrest loophole in Connecticut’s sentencing guidelines. I want to thank State Representative Gerald Fox III who authored the legislation and State Senator Eric Coleman who sponsored the measure in the Senate.
The bill passed in the State Senate on June 5 by a vote of 35 yes votes, zero no votes and one who was absent or abstained. The measure passed in the State House of Representatives on May 14 also by a unanimous vote of 142 yes votes, zero no votes and eight who were absent or abstained.
Any time a police officer is forced to pursue a fleeing criminal suspect, the situation can quickly turn more dangerous and even fatal for civilians and officers alike. This legislation will ensure that if criminal suspects obstruct or resist arrest or questioning by a law enforcement officer and it leads to death or serious injury to the officer or civilians, that fleeing suspect can be prosecuted for a class D felony, carrying a sentence of 1 to 5 years in prison and a fine up to $5,000.
This loophole was uncovered last May when Stamford Police Officer Troy Strauser suffered serious injuries and nearly lost his life following the pursuit of a suspect trying to escape in a vehicle along I-95. The pursuit of the suspect - who was both on probation and driving with a suspended license - through several Southern Fairfield County cities and towns, jeopardized not only the life of Officer Strauser but others in law enforcement as well as drivers and pedestrians. The still recovering officer will continue to require more surgeries and rehabilitation for the remainder of his life, while the suspect got off with time served. Existing sentencing guidelines would only permit misdemeanor charges to be rendered.”
The Police Association of Connecticut was formed in 1902, " for the protection and promotion of the welfare of the police officers of Connecticut; the improvement of their facilities to render to the public, whose servants they are, the most efficient possible service; the compilation of police statistics; the collection of information concerning the practical working of different systems of police organization; and cultivation of social intercommunication and fraternal fellowship between the different police departments of the state." The PAC is the oldest such statewide police organization in Connecticut.
Relief payments under By-Laws of Connecticut Police Association. When any person, under the provisions of the constitution and bylaws of the Connecticut Police Association, Inc. is entitled to relief from said association as the widow, child or dependent mother of a police officer killed in the line of duty, the Comptroller shall, upon the delivery to him of adequate proof from said association of the right of such person to such relief as foresaid, draw his order upon the State Treasurer in favor of the person or persons entitled to such relief, or their legal representatives, for the amount to which such person or persons may be entitled as relief as foresaid, provided such orders shall be limited to available appropriations, Sec. 3-122 "Connecticut General Statute