Eight people have been appointed to a special commission to oversee reforms in the Connecticut State Police's problem-plagued internal affairs unit, Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced Friday.
Rell named outgoing state Rep. Robert Farr, R-West Hartford, to chair the commission, which was formed after a 13 month investigation by Connecticut and New York officials found a slew of lapses in the internal affairs unit. The report found incomplete, inadequate investigations of complaints accusing state police personnel of bribery, drug use, drunken driving, association with drug dealers and prostitutes, sexual assault, falsified overtime, assault of a motorist and improper drunken-driving arrests.
The new commission will evaluate dozens of recommendations in the 207-page report. Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle will act as an exofficio member of the new commission.
Other members include state Rep. Stephen Dargan, DWest Haven, co- chairman of the General Assembly s public safety committee; Superior Court Judge Maureen Keegan; Glastonbury Town Council Chairwoman Susan Karp, who will serve as a member of the public; State s Attorney Walter Flanagan; Milford Police Chief Thomas Flaherty; and former U. S. Marshal John O Connor.
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Associated Press. "Rell panel to probe State Police". Connecticut Post. 12/16/06