police http://wnpr.org en Drone Use Over George Washington Bridge Leads to Two Arrests http://wnpr.org/post/drone-use-over-george-washington-bridge-leads-two-arrests <p>Police in New York City arrested two people for operating a drone over the George Washington Bridge that came within 800 feet of a police helicopter.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:22:25 +0000 Heather Brandon 24907 at http://wnpr.org Drone Use Over George Washington Bridge Leads to Two Arrests How Effective Is Bridgeport's Youth Curfew? http://wnpr.org/post/how-effective-bridgeports-youth-curfew <p>The trial of the alleged killer of a 14-year old Bridgeport youth began Monday. Justin Thompson was one of three teens killed amid a spate of deadly violence in the city in 2012.</p><p>Following calls by residents for better police protection, Bridgeport imposed a youth curfew that year. For the past two years, <a href="http://www.bridgeportct.gov/filestorage/89019/89755/90919/Curfew_Resource_Guide.pdf" target="_blank">kids under age 18 have needed permission from a parent or legal guardian to be on the streets after 11:00 pm</a> on weeknights, and after midnight on weekends.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:44:24 +0000 Diane Orson 24163 at http://wnpr.org How Effective Is Bridgeport's Youth Curfew? Metro-North Service Resumed Through Fairfield After Suspicious Package http://wnpr.org/post/metro-north-service-resumed-through-fairfield-after-suspicious-package <p>Metro-North Railroad said train service was temporarily suspended through Fairfield while authorities investigated a suspicious package near the station.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:36:26 +0000 Associated Press 23975 at http://wnpr.org Metro-North Service Resumed Through Fairfield After Suspicious Package Task Force Makes Mental Health Recommendations; Governor Signs Pet Shop Legislation http://wnpr.org/post/task-force-makes-mental-health-recommendations-governor-signs-pet-shop-legislation <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QftpNRSArW4" width="560"></iframe></p><p>A task force created after the Newtown school shooting is recommending state lawmakers take steps toward improvement of mental health services to children and young adults. The 20-member panel, charged with examining mental health services for people between the ages of 16 and 25 released 47 recommendations on Tuesday for the General Assembly to consider when it reconvenes in January.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:33:25 +0000 Teri McCready 23854 at http://wnpr.org East Haven Reaches Civil Rights Suit Settlement http://wnpr.org/post/east-haven-reaches-civil-rights-suit-settlement <p>The town of East Haven, Connecticut has agreed to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit involving its police department. The suit alleged police misconduct against Latinos.</p><p>For years, Latinos in East Haven complained of systematic abuse and harassment at the hands of the town’s police force.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:39:26 +0000 Diane Orson 23299 at http://wnpr.org East Haven Reaches Civil Rights Suit Settlement Crackdown On Danbury-Area Distracted Drivers http://wnpr.org/post/crackdown-danbury-area-distracted-drivers <p>The fourth and final crackdown on distracted drivers is being held in the Danbury area.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:37:08 +0000 Associated Press 23113 at http://wnpr.org Crackdown On Danbury-Area Distracted Drivers Governor Malloy Signs Budget; Senator Murphy Announces Federal Gas Tax Hike Proposal http://wnpr.org/post/governor-malloy-signs-budget-senator-murphy-announces-federal-gas-tax-hike-proposal <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YXX9VqWZxYQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Malloy signed the $18.9 billion state budget plan today, which was approved by lawmakers earlier this month. Malloy also vetoed two bills. The Democratic-controlled legislature approved the bill on the final night of the legislative session in an agreement with Republicans to assure passage of another environmental bill.</span></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:02:19 +0000 Teri McCready 22800 at http://wnpr.org In Connecticut, a Summit to Explore, and Maybe Expand Narcan Use http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-summit-explore-and-maybe-expand-narcan-use <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder issued a rare memo&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/us-attorney-general-suggests-police-carry-narcan" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">calling on more first responders to carry Narcan</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a drug that reverses the effects of opiate overdoses. Connecticut held its first-ever "overdose prevention summit" on Thursday to explore ways to expand </span>Narcan's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reach.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 14:04:49 +0000 Patrick Skahill 22760 at http://wnpr.org In Connecticut, a Summit to Explore, and Maybe Expand Narcan Use Empathy Lessons: Training Police to Understand People With Mental Illness http://wnpr.org/post/empathy-lessons-training-police-understand-people-mental-illness <p>Earlier this month, Somerville Police Officers Alan Monaco and Timothy Sullivan responded to a call about a fight between two young men. They found one of them, Mike, in an agitated state.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 14:19:37 +0000 Carey Goldberg 22715 at http://wnpr.org Empathy Lessons: Training Police to Understand People With Mental Illness Bridgeport Police Respond to Arrest Video http://wnpr.org/post/bridgeport-police-respond-arrest-video <p>Bridgeport police are defending the actions of a police officer shown in an Internet video forcefully arresting a teenager.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 17:28:01 +0000 John Dankosky & Heather Brandon 22654 at http://wnpr.org Bridgeport Police Respond to Arrest Video $4.5 Million Settlement Reached With Electric Supplier; New Courthouse Planned in Torrington http://wnpr.org/post/45-million-settlement-reached-electric-supplier-new-courthouse-planned-torrington <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ofkUXmRc6l8" width="560"></iframe></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 21:26:12 +0000 Teri McCready 22589 at http://wnpr.org More Police Officers to Get Mental Health Training http://wnpr.org/post/more-police-officers-get-mental-health-training <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Edward </span>Yergeau<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a patrol sergeant</span><span style="color: rgb(84, 84, 84); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">with the Hartford Police Department, has seen how changing attitudes about mental health has actually changed outcomes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Ten years ago,"&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yergeau</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;said, "you either arrested a person, or threw them in the ambulance, and you were done with them. That was it."&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 16:55:22 +0000 Jeff Cohen 22576 at http://wnpr.org More Police Officers to Get Mental Health Training Report: Hamden Police Records Still Not Available http://wnpr.org/post/report-hamden-police-records-still-not-available <p>Seven of eight Connecticut police departments that three newspapers say refused to release documents required by state law have improved their access to arrest information.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20140523/7-of-8-connecticut-police-departments-that-withheld-public-info-improve-in-2nd-check" target="_blank"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The New Haven Register</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reported that the </span>Hamden</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20140523/7-of-8-connecticut-police-departments-that-withheld-public-info-improve-in-2nd-check" target="_blank"> Police Department's arrest log was not available</a>.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Police Chief Thomas </span>Wydra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said he would look into it.</span></p><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 20:24:42 +0000 Associated Press 22528 at http://wnpr.org Report: Hamden Police Records Still Not Available Homeland Security Secretary Addresses Coast Guard Academy; Former Gov. Wants Indictment Dismissed http://wnpr.org/post/homeland-security-secretary-addresses-coast-guard-academy-former-gov-wants-indictment-dismissed <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XOidVJcs484" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson delivered the keynote address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's 133rd Commencement Exercises today in New London. The Coast Guard Academy is the smallest of the five federal service academies, and has about 875 cadets in its four-year program.</p><p><strong>Former Governor Pushing for Indictment Dismissal</strong></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:28:41 +0000 Teri McCready 22262 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Could Be First In U.S. to Have a Law Tracking Taser Use http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-could-be-first-us-have-law-tracking-taser-use <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The use of </span>Tasers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> by police has been controversial in communities nationwide after isolated deaths and reports of misuse. In Connecticut, lawmakers have approved a bill that would make it the first state in the country to require police to report how the weapons are being used.</span></p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 18:29:54 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 22184 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Could Be First In U.S. to Have a Law Tracking Taser Use Pfizer, AstraZeneca Deal Appears Unlikely; Court Upholds Dismissal of Suit Against Malloy http://wnpr.org/post/pfizer-astrazeneca-deal-appears-unlikely-court-upholds-dismissal-suit-against-malloy <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GK6IoiXIS2s" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Pfizer's bid for rival pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca appears likely to fail. This comes after the UK business turned down its latest offer. It's just the latest move in a courtship that's lasted several months. Pfizer offered a 15 percent increase on its previous bid -- a total of $119 billion. Central to AstraZeneca's concerns is the worry that Pfizer may strip down its research and development efforts in the UK, something it's done with previous takeovers.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:53:24 +0000 Teri McCready 22113 at http://wnpr.org Mental Health 101: Program Helps Police Intervene In Crises http://wnpr.org/post/mental-health-101-program-helps-police-intervene-crises How do you tell the difference between someone who needs to be taken to jail and someone who needs to be taken to the hospital? It can be a delicate situation to decipher, and it's been a big <a href="http://wnpr.org/topic/mental-health">concern</a> in Connecticut since the Newtown shootings of 2012.<p>Lance Newkirchen, a regular patrol officer in the town of Fairfield, is also specifically trained to respond to mental health calls. Fri, 09 May 2014 12:26:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 21512 at http://wnpr.org Mental Health 101: Program Helps Police Intervene In Crises Racial Profiling in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/racial-profiling-connecticut <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Major League ballplayer and current ESPN analyst Doug </span>Glanville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/04/i-was-racially-profiled-in-my-own-driveway/360615/"> recently wrote a piece for the Atlantic </a>about an instance of racial profiling in front of his house in Hartford.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Catie Talarski, Lydia Brown & Tucker Ives 20705 at http://wnpr.org Racial Profiling in Connecticut Supreme Court Gives Police New Power To Rely On Anonymous Tips http://wnpr.org/post/supreme-court-gives-police-new-power-rely-anonymous-tips The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police can stop and search a driver based solely on an anonymous 911 tip.<p>The 5-4 decision split the court's two most conservative justices, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing for the majority and Justice Antonin Scalia penning the dissent.<p>In August 2008, an anonymous 911 caller in California phoned in a report that a pickup truck had run her off the road. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:35:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg & Katie Barlow 20612 at http://wnpr.org Training Connecticut Police in Mental Health 101 http://wnpr.org/post/training-connecticut-police-mental-health-101 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How do you tell the difference between someone who needs to be taken to jail and someone who needs to be taken to the hospital? That’s a big concern in Connecticut, where the intersection of law enforcement and mental health has been a huge issue since the Newtown shootings of 2012.&nbsp;</span></p><p>WNPR spent time with police officers to learn about their training in mental health.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:45:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 20318 at http://wnpr.org Training Connecticut Police in Mental Health 101 NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims http://wnpr.org/post/nypd-shuts-down-controversial-unit-spied-muslims The New York Police Department said Tuesday it would disband a special unit charged with detecting possible terrorist threats by carrying out secret surveillance of Muslim groups.<p>The squad that conducted the surveillance, known as the Demographics Unit, was formed in 2003. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:06:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20214 at http://wnpr.org NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims Advocacy Groups Want to Know When and How Police Use Tasers http://wnpr.org/post/advocacy-groups-want-know-when-and-how-police-use-tasers <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font face="Arial, sans-serif"><font size="2">The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut is <a href="http://www.acluct.org/updates/another-death-prompts-another-call-for-taser-regulation/">calling for statewide regulations</a> and clear policies on how the police use Tasers. </font></font></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:24:57 +0000 Alan Yu 20206 at http://wnpr.org Advocacy Groups Want to Know When and How Police Use Tasers Bill Protecting Public's Right to Record Police Officers; Metro North Survey http://wnpr.org/post/bill-protecting-publics-right-record-police-officers-metro-north-survey <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6izXd0tuPdQ" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would further protect the public’s right to record police officers. The bill has been pushed through the Judiciary Committee, which approved it two weeks ago. They’re awaiting waiting again for the Senate and House to act. Current law already allows people to record police from a safe distance, but the bill would take it a step further by allowing people to sue officers who interfere with the recording of their actions.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:38:07 +0000 Teri McCready 20126 at http://wnpr.org Retired MLB Player Racially Profiled in His Hartford Driveway http://wnpr.org/post/retired-mlb-player-racially-profiled-his-hartford-driveway <p>Doug Glanville&nbsp;is a lot more than a former Major League Baseball player. He graduated from an Ivy League school with a degree in engineering. He contributes to&nbsp;the&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em> and is a regular ESPN commentator.</p><p><a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/04/i-was-racially-profiled-in-my-own-driveway/360615/">In a recent piece for <em>The Atlantic,&nbsp;</em></a>Glanville&nbsp;wrote about how none of those accomplishments mattered when he was racially profiled by a West Hartford police officer in his own driveway...in Hartford.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:26:28 +0000 Tucker Ives 20131 at http://wnpr.org Retired MLB Player Racially Profiled in His Hartford Driveway Feds Arrest Bridgeport Resident in Alleged Bomb Plot http://wnpr.org/post/feds-arrest-bridgeport-resident-alleged-bomb-plot <p>Federal officials said they arrested a Moroccan national living in Connecticut in an alleged plot to fly bombs on drone-like devices into a school and a federal building.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:26:21 +0000 Heather Brandon 19773 at http://wnpr.org Feds Arrest Bridgeport Resident in Alleged Bomb Plot Malloy Will Run for Re-Election; Police Campaign Targets Distracted Drivers http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-will-run-re-election-police-campaign-targets-distracted-drivers <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VsMsBvdEoW8" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Governor Dannel Malloy is running for a second term as governor. He made the announcement in Hartford today. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will also be running for re-election. Malloy said because of the need to begin the process of setting up the infrastructure for fundraising in order to qualify for public financing, he and Wyman couldn't wait until the end of the legislative session in May to get started.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:34:59 +0000 Teri McCready 19216 at http://wnpr.org Mayor Sarno Defends Process For Picking New Police Commissioner http://wnpr.org/post/mayor-sarno-defends-process-picking-new-police-commissioner A 26-year veteran of the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts has been picked to be the next police commissioner.&#160; It is a high-profile post in a city where public safety has consistently ranked as the number one issue.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Deputy Police Chief John Barbieri was selected by Mayor Domenic Sarno ( at right) to be the next police commissioner. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:33:11 +0000 Paul Tuthill 18739 at http://wnpr.org Mayor Sarno Defends Process For Picking New Police Commissioner Connecticut Police Departments Withhold Public Information http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-police-departments-withhold-public-information <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Five municipal police departments in Connecticut and one state police troop failed to follow Freedom of Information law by refusing to release basic information upon request.</span></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:20:55 +0000 Betsy Kaplan 18707 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Police Departments Withhold Public Information Laced Heroin Seized in Hartford http://wnpr.org/post/laced-heroin-seized-hartford <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford police said heroin-related overdoses are on the rise in the capital city, and they're trying to disrupt the drug's supply. Earlier this week, police arrested five people, and seized 2,000 bags of heroin.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:12:49 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18384 at http://wnpr.org Laced Heroin Seized in Hartford U.S. Attorney General Suggests Police Carry Narcan; Locked Facility for Girls to Open this Month http://wnpr.org/post/us-attorney-general-suggests-police-carry-narcan-locked-facility-girls-open-month <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ol_iaaL6ezc" width="560"></iframe></p><p>U.S Attorney General Eric Holder called an increase in heroin overdoses nationwide an "urgent public health crisis" and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.justice.gov/agwa.php">suggested law enforcement carry&nbsp;</a>Narcan<a href="http://www.justice.gov/agwa.php">,</a>&nbsp;a drug that can reverse opiate overdoses.&nbsp; States like Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, already train first responders on Narcan.&nbsp; Currently Connecticut police don't carry it - paramedics and hospital staff administer the drug. &nbsp;A dramatic increase in drug overdose is a growing problem in the region but Hartford Police Department spokesman Deputy Chief Brian Foley believes Connecticut police officers carrying Narcan&nbsp;is a long way off . &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:17:32 +0000 Sara Conner 18235 at http://wnpr.org