Communities hire police and corrections workers to perform jobs that can be dangerous and stressful. Crimes committed against police in Connecticut, however, regardless of motive, are down, not up. Unlike crimes against racial and religious minorities, women, LGBT people, and other groups, there is also no history of crimes against public safety employees being under-prosecuted or treated frivolously. This proposal would pay lip service to protecting police and corrections workers without actually doing so. It is an unnecessary distraction from efforts that could improve safety for police and corrections workers, such as proposals that would decrease our state’s prison population and improve police-community relations.

Status

Won: bill did not pass

Session

2017

Bill number

5174

Position

Oppose

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