Connecticut Police Departments Withhold Public Information

Mar 19, 2014

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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.

The Register Citizen reported that police departments across the state vary widely in the information they release to the public, according to a compliance check done by staff at The New Haven Register, The Middletown Press, and The Register Citizen.

The three newspapers tested all 92 municipal police departments and eleven state police troops. While South Windsor was the only town to receive an "A" rating, 26 other municipalities received a grade of "A-," including Hartford.

In contrast, Branford, Middlebury, New Haven, State Police Troop G in Bridgeport, West Haven, and Westport received a grade of "F" for failing to provide basic information on arrests as required by freedom of information law.