New CT. Police Boss: Down With Radar Gun; Up With Crime Detection


Newly appointed Connecticutt Public Safety Commissioner Leonard C. Boyle said Monday he will gradually shift more state police resources from catching speeders to investigating organized crime, narcotics and gangs. Six days into his new job, Boyle’s emphasis on larger-scale criminal investigations is just one of the ways the former federal prosecutor is showing how different he will be than his predecessor, Arthur Spada. Spada, who was asked by Gov. M. Jodi Rell to resign Aug. 1, put much of the department’s manpower into nabbing speeders, allowing the Bureau of Criminal Investigation units that investigate major crime, gangs and narcotics to fall to the lowest staffing levels in years, reports the Hartford Courant

While Boyle said “hitting people in the pocketbook” is the appropriate response for traffic violators, he said the state police investigative units are in dire need of more manpower. During an interview, Boyle also said he will drive his state vehicle himself. Spada was criticized for having a state trooper assigned to drive him to everything from crime scenes to golf appointments and radio appearances.


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