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CT Examiner: Rotten Leadership Spoils Good Cops – and Hurts the Taxpayer

Frank Ricci, Yankee Institute’s Fellow for Labor and Special Initiatives, was published in the CT Examiner March 8.

“Accountability” for rank-and-file police officers on the street is important – but so is accountability for their leaders. Public safety – and public trust – must always be the guiding principles of department procedures. 

Recently, the Connecticut State Police has been embroiled in controversy. A police officer has been accused of theft, having been caught on video stealing from a business. As a penalty, however, this officer was recommended for nothing more than a 10-day suspension and a transfer. He remains on probation.  

This slap on the wrist is a betrayal of the public trust by State Police Commissioner James Rovella. The lax penalty will set a new, low standard for similarly situated employees. 

Yankee Staff

Yankee Institute is a 501(c)(3) research and citizen education organization that does not accept government funding. Yankee Institute develops and advances free-market, limited-government solutions in Connecticut. As one of America’s oldest state-based think tanks, Yankee is a leading advocate for smart, limited government; fairness for taxpayers; and an open road to opportunity.

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