Police Chief Cracking Down On Under-The-Radar ‘Offices’

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Cityline (together with our colleague, Steven Goode) earlier this month began looking into rumors of under-the-radar police “offices” maintained across the city.

Police Chief James Rovella

Police Chief James Rovella

Shortly after we began asking questions, a memo went out from the city’s police chief to his deputies asking where the offices were. The chief has since pledged to create a system for monitoring these offices, and has already ordered one of them closed.

You can read our story here.

We’d love to know: Have you encountered these police offices? What do you think of the practice?

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3 thoughts on “Police Chief Cracking Down On Under-The-Radar ‘Offices’

  1. Christopher Lyons

    An Officer assigned to a walking beat should have access to office space somewhere on their beat because this keeps them on the beat or geographical area to which they are assigned. Its good for the officers and good for the community . The first line supervisors should know of the locations of all of the offices maintained by patrolmen/patrolwomen under their supervision and from my experience is where the first line supervisors could go to to review, correct and notarize reports that need such service. Offices can serve as a command post or launching point for other police operations also.

    It is equally important that the police department administration know of these locations and Chief Rovella is doing the right thing by making inquiries and getting the address information of the offices occupied by police officers when they are on duty.

    Its all about transparency and the fact that members of the community, police supervisors and administration know of these locations as a better way to have access to and to supervise correctly members of the department as well as serving the public.

    Walking beat officers are out in the elements in all seasons and having an office can give them a respite from those elements. They can use the office space to to complete written work and to plan police operations for the safety of the community/neighborhood in which they are assigned. That is a positive for the officers, the community and for everyone else uses police services.

    Sincerely,

    Christopher Lyons
    retired Hartford Police Sergeant

  2. Bill Large

    I only know of one of these “offices” and it’s in building that houses a busy retail store. It’s a couple of desks and chairs and has access to a bathroom. I’ve seen officers there from time to time doing paperwork.

    No money changes hands between the PD and the shop owner. The furniture is surplus. I know that the officers are a welcome presence there and I see nothing wrong with it. Most people in the neighborhood know that officers are sometimes in that building and that’s a big plus.

    I’m a little puzzled why the HPD command staff doesn’t know about these offices. They have existed since many of the current senior officers were patrolmen/patrolwomen and probably used these offices themselves.

    I’d agree that it makes good managerial sense to keep a formal list of the locations and at least know who has keys. Beyond that, why not leave well enough alone?

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