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Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
Programs and Services


The Connecticut State Police frequently receives requests which are answered by various divisions within our department or referred to other state agencies. Here are answers to the most common topics, along with contact information.

Child Safety Seats
Accident Statistics
Groups Seeking Speakers
Crime Statistics
Patch Collectors
Seat Belt Convincer
Highway Traffic Information
Victim Services
Telephone Solicitation
Connecticut State Police Honor Guard
Connecticut State Police Auxiliary Force

ACCIDENT STATISTICS

Accident statistics for highways or local roads may be obtained through the Department of Transportation, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington CT 06131-7546, or call (860) 594-2095, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


CHILD  CAR SAFETY SEATS

State law requires that children in Connecticut be placed in an appropriate auto restraint system (either a car seat or booster seat) until they are over 6 years of age and weigh more than 60 pounds. If a child is 7 or older and weighs more than 60 pounds, he or she must use a seat belt when traveling in a motor vehicle. (Both age and weight requirement must be met.)

The law requires that infants remain in rear-facing seats until they are one year of age and weigh 20 pounds. State Police recommend that child safety seats for infants or small children be placed in the rear seat of all vehicles. This is to protect them from passenger side air bags that cause great force when deployed in an accident. Most vehicle manufacturers post warnings and recommendations in regards to children and front seat air bags. Please refer to the manufacturers’ recommendations.

It has been estimated that more than 90% of children are sitting in improperly installed car seats. This can result in needless injuries to children in the event of a motor vehicle accident. The Connecticut State Police conducts car seat installation inspection and car seat clinics at a number of State Police Troops throughout the state.


CRIME STATISTICS

Statewide crime statistics may be obtained by contacting the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Crimes Analysis Division, 1111 Country Club Road, Middletown, CT 06457-9294 or call (860) 685-8030, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Or visit the Crimes Analysis Website


HIGHWAY TRAFFIC INFORMATION

Traffic updates on lane closures or traffic tie-ups due to accidents or construction may be obtained through the Department of Transportation at (860) 594-2650.  To seek traffic information with regard to weather, contact the Department of Transportation at (800) 443-6817.  Or visit the DOT website at: www.ct.gov/dot


TELEPHONE SOLICITATION

         In response to periodic inquires from the public, the Connecticut State Police advises state residents that neither the Connecticut State Police, nor any agency authorized by it, ever solicits donations by phone from the public.

A number of organizations with “police like” names conduct fundraising campaigns via the telephone in which they solicit monetary donations from private citizens. Solicitors will appeal to the public’s generosity in support of the efforts of the police. Please note that these organizations are not sanctioned by the Connecticut State Police to raise money, and none of the money raised by these organizations is ever received by the Connecticut State Police.

The Connecticut State Police, as an agency of State Government, receives funding through the state budget and does not solicit public donations.  There are efforts during certain times of the year where troopers will participate in food drives or toy drives, but these efforts will be reported by the media and conducted in public.

The Attorney General’s Office registers telemarketing operations in the State of Connecticut. This office also investigates any questionable telemarketing practices in the state. For a listing of charities registered with the State of Connecticut, log onto the Attorney General’s Office website:  www.ct.gov/ag  

Citizens should be wary of solicitors who:

  • do not provide their full name, address or phone number;
  • demand immediate payment or payment in cash;
  • seem vague as to how the contributions will be spent;
  • refuse to provide financial information about the charitable organization;
  • appear angry or impatient when asked reasonable questions about the donations.

                           

More information on phone solicitation can be found on the Connecticut Attorney General’s website,  www.ct.gov/ag


GROUPS SEEKING SPEAKERS

Any group or organization seeking a speaker from the Connecticut State Police must submit the request in writing to:  Lt. J. Paul Vance, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Public Information Office, 1111 Country Club Road, Middletown, CT 06457-9294, Fax (860) 685-8301. The request may also be submitted online by filling out our Speaker Request Form.


PATCH COLLECTORS

To obtain a Connecticut State Police Patch for a collection, contact the Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Association (CSPAAA) to arrange a purchase.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1945
Meriden, CT 06450

Store Address:

Academy Store
285 Preston Avenue
Meriden, CT 06451

Telephone:


(203) 427-2025 





SEAT BELT CONVINCER & ROLLOVER SIMULATOR

Seat Belt Convincer

The “Convincer” is a machine which simulates a motor vehicle crash at 5 mph to teach riders the value of seat belt usage. The rollover simulator simulates a motor vehicle in a rollover accident, using dummies that are belted and unbelted.  The machines are available free of charge to qualified groups. If your school or organization is interested in reserving the Seat Belt Convincer or the Rollover Simulator please contact the State Police Traffic Unit at (860) 685-8090, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Honor Guard is a formal unit that represents the department at ceremonial events, parades, dedications, funeral details and other events approved by the Colonel of the State Police.
The mission of the Honor Guard is to add to an event a level of professionalism, respect, tradition, pride and honor – all traits that characterize the Connecticut State Police.

Any requests for a State Police Honor Guard can be directed to the Connecticut State Police Office of Field Operations (860) 685-8090.


CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE AUXILIARY FORCE


CSP Auxiliary Force

In 1941, Commissioner Edward J. Hickey established the Auxiliary State Trooper Program. This program was primarily formed to guard the shorelines of the state against possible invasion by enemy forces or saboteurs as the United States of America prepared to enter World War II.  The force was expanded to more than 1,200 volunteer troopers. At the end of the war, they were re-assigned to troop barracks throughout the state to augment patrol troopers in their basic function of responding to calls for service.


In 1988, the Connecticut State Police ended recruitment of Auxiliary Troopers and training classes due to accreditation requirements and budget restrictions. Currently, 56 Connecticut State Police Auxiliary Troopers remain on the force.


The Connecticut State Police Auxiliary Force is an all-volunteer force which provides assistance to troopers in the course of their duties. Among the duties of an Auxiliary Trooper are crash scene and traffic stop assistance, traffic control, disaster relief and special detail support. Connecticut State Police Auxiliary Troopers are held to the same training standards as full-time Connecticut State Police Troopers.

The average time in service of the remaining Auxiliary Troopers is 30 years. During fiscal year 2006/2007, Auxiliary Troopers volunteered more than 20,000 plus hours.