BRISTOL -- Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday 11 appointments to the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council, which included city Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu.
“I am honored to serve at this very pivotal time,” the mayor said Thursday evening. “From all that is involved with implementing the Police Accountability Bill to ensuring that there is appropriate oversight and funding for critical police functions, training and enhanced education, I hope that what we have done in Bristol to create a positive community policing effort will be beneficial.”
The council, which is commonly abbreviated as POST, is a division of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. It oversees training and certification of police officers, as well as a mandatory police department accreditation program.
According to a statement issued by Lamont’s office, he signed into law last summer July Special Session Public Act 20-1, which refreshed the membership of the council effective Jan. 1.
“The POST Council performs the critical task of holding all police officers and departments in Connecticut to the highest standards of public service,” Lamont said in a statement. “I am grateful to the outgoing council members for their years of important service to the state, and grateful to those who have volunteered to serve today. I am confident they will continue the important and complementary work of equipping officers for success, ensuring individual and community safety, and ending systemic discrimination in our criminal justice system.”
Zoppo-Sassu added, “I think I can be a voice for cities and towns as it relates to policies that impact municipal budgets, as well as advocate for changes that I believe are needed in the legislation at the capitol.”
According to the governor’s office, the appointments bring the experience and perspectives of a diverse group of police chiefs, municipal officials and dedicated community members to bear on the challenges of improving public safety and police accountability in Connecticut.
“The CT Police Officer Standards and Training Council is charged with ensuring that Connecticut police departments are held to the highest standards in delivering professional police services. Something I know Mayor Zoppo-Sassu believes in,” Bristol police chief Brian Gould said. “The Mayor was present at P.O.S.T.C. when we were re-accredited in 2018 and when we were awarded Tier 2 accreditation in 2019.”
Gould said that the mayor has been very supportive of their efforts to project the department towards excellence.
“I believe that she will bring this experience and support to the council,” Gould continued. “Police oversight is of great importance and the mayor will be in a position to ensure that not only Bristol, but the state of Connecticut is being served in the best way possible.”
In addition to the appointments made by the governor, other members of the council include appointees of legislative leaders, as well as several ex-officio members, including Commissioner James Rovella, Commanding Officer of the Connecticut State Police Academy Lt. Mark Davison, Chief State’s Attorney Rich Colangelo and FBI Special Agent in Charge David Sundberg.
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