Letter to the Editor: Mayor April Capone Reacts to the Town's Removal of the K9 Program

The following is a response from East Haven Mayor April Capone regarding the news of the recent elimination of the East Haven Police Department's K9 program.

Dear friends:

Many people are asking questions regarding the East Haven Police K9 program and I would like to clarify by providing the facts.

First I would like to say that I have always been not only a supporter of the K9 program but a true ‘dog person’ myself.  I remember meeting Daro when he was a puppy in some of his first days on the force and feeling lucky to have him.  Unfortunately, the situation has changed in ways that have less to do with our budget and more to do with factors beyond my control.

I have attached a memo [see attached PDF files] sent from my office that verifies the true facts in this situation but please allow me to summarize them for you;

  • The K9 program has not been active in quite some time due to the fact that the dog and his handler are a unique team that works exclusively with each other.  The handler has been out of work due to a personnel issue for the better part of a year, therefore the K9 is out as well.
  • The K9 officer expressed concerns regarding his own health and safety in the program.  There has yet to be verification of these concerns or methods with which to remedy them.  The safety of all town employees is paramount in any situation.
  • The K9 program was not working at maximum efficiency because of the shift the handler chose, buy union right, to work.  The optimal time of day for a K9 program is 6pm-2am.  Having the dog on the midnight shift is a misuse of resources.

Unfortunately, these items are fully beyond my control at this point and as you can see the taxpayers are paying for a service and not receiving full the benefit.  When I reach an opportunity to renegotiate the union contract and implement a K9 program that works for the people of East Haven that will be of the highest priority.

I hope that I have given you some additional information that you find helpful.  Sadly, the newspaper [New Haven Register] did not do their due diligence in reporting this story.  If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me.


 Mayor April Capone

Town of East Haven, CT

250 Main Street

East Haven, CT




StavenObserver June 08, 2011 at 01:22 AM
He took a bullet, he also apparently falsely arrested someone. He's such a great cop. He can't control his dog and that in itself is a liability right there. Maybe you can give him some comp advice to help with his hearing case. Rumor has it you know the system well. How many cars and equipment did his dog destroy? Maybe his hearing issues are from the cell phone thats constantly to his ear. Why pay for something that isn't being used. As Hongo said, no one's noticed the last 6 months, apparently the dog isn't that effective. On a side note, I find it funny how when cops are under investigations, injuries pop up. Not saying thats the case here, just sayin'.
ASmith June 08, 2011 at 01:29 AM
Ah can ya smell it....the poolitical bull is in the air. How many arrests has this here dog made? I hear this doggie cost the town losts of moola with problems...and didnt he bite someone recently? Sounds like just the old poooliticals makin a mountain outa a molehill as usual. Why that lady in the red dress...she just keeps doing things the poolitcals don't like.....take the dog down and let him run around the splashin pad......all these fools keep complain about is "junk" poolitics. What about the real concerns and issues here. THis here is one old yankee that is sick and tired of hearin these whinney pooolice cry and complain. Bring back the Duke. Heck Pascarella would kick their buttocks good and get them back in line. Bunch or cry babies just tryin to suck the tax payer dry. SHould follow New Haven's route. They taught em a lesson. Now New Haven is savin on overtime and can bring officers back. That force got a wake up call..found out if you suck the tax payer dry the taxpayer will bite back. If this dog is a costin us money and wastin it cause his "super duper handler" aint around then find a new handler. I am a sick of the two "prima donnas" on that pd. The "two" that always looks to get all the attention and get their names in the paper and just end up gettin us taxpayers sued and costs us a bundle. They should retire or find a new town to ruin.
Dan McCann June 08, 2011 at 02:14 AM
ASmith June 08, 2011 at 02:28 AM
Ah Mr. Dan you is just promotin yeself time and again. Don't want people to know the truth. I still a prayin for your soul but as much as you muck things up the average joes just care about their pockets and sounds like this here handler is a pdonna at the pd. Know you want Mr. Hungos job. Sure you promised not to wear as many gold chains. This ole dog thing just smell like poo. Tell Mr. Finxle to watch out. You step in poo and it is a hard to get offa your shoe. Follow you all around town.
Dan McCann June 08, 2011 at 02:36 AM
Mr. ASmith how many times do I have to tell you I DONT WANT A TOWN JOB. I have a job and I like it very much thank you. I am here to speak the truth of what I see and hear there are no lies to tell the truth is so much of a selling point because they lie so much.
getta life June 08, 2011 at 02:38 AM
Hey Know it all McCant . HIPPA doesn't apply to employers, nice try though.
Dan McCann June 08, 2011 at 02:42 AM
What is HIPAA? If you provide healthcare coverage of any kind, including mental health services or counseling, you and your employees need to know about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). HIPAA was enacted to assist in protecting employee privacy by keeping individuals' health information confidential and to help individuals transfer their health insurance or get a new policy if they've lost their coverage.
Dan McCann June 08, 2011 at 02:43 AM
What do employers need to do? Notify employees about their right to employee privacy at work where medical data are concerned. Give them a HIPAA overview to familiarize them with the protection this law does and does not offer. Create privacy procedures concerning employee medical records in your company, including how and where medical personnel files will be stored. Provide clear information about when and how your company and medical providers are allowed to access and use medical information maintained in confidential employee files Appoint a privacy official, who must see that the privacy procedures are implemented and followed, and that the rules mandate full HIPAA compliance. Enact a complaint procedure for employees who experience a problem with your company’s privacy policies or the way their records and information have been handled. Protect all health-related records and make sure they are secure and available only to those with the proper authority to see them.
Dan McCann June 08, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Kinds of information protected Any and all health-related information gathered about employees, including, but not limited to medical diagnoses and conditions, information covered under the new genetic privacy law (GINA law), medical treatments, prescriptions, health insurance information and psychiatric information that can be associated with an individual is protected by HIPAA regulations.
Dan McCann June 08, 2011 at 02:45 AM
Yeah I think that about sums it up. It's covered they broke the law.
Dan McCann June 08, 2011 at 02:46 AM
Oh if you'd like the link here ya go http://www.hrdirect.com/info/keep-confidential-employee-health-information-safe/default.aspx
Who's the town idiot? June 08, 2011 at 02:59 AM
Let's not forget that we have been paying for a police chief to be on administrative leave for over a year now, and he was granted a raise, per his contract. Now, let's see how to save money..... do we eliminate the K9 program, at a cost of what? $10,000 per year, or do we get rid of one of the Chief positions at a cost of over $100,000 per year. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. Stop with the vendetta's and do whats right for the town. Stop spending money foolishly and cut where it needs to be cut. Common sense people, common sense.
Ted Musco June 08, 2011 at 03:13 AM
if this was so important to the Mayor where was she?????? how come she didn't attend the meeting to defend her suspending the K-9 unit. Was it because she didn't want to hear the cops aren't supporting her anymore??????? or was it because she would have been called out on the carpet by 90% of the people at the Town Council meeting.
getta life June 08, 2011 at 03:13 AM
Nice try spin boy. http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/coveredentities/index.html There is an easy to read chart there for simple minds, this falls into zero catergories.
Ted Musco June 08, 2011 at 03:14 AM
As for Dan McCann way to go. the truth shall come out
Shocked Tax Payer! June 08, 2011 at 03:26 AM
Tonight Paul Hong said that the K-9 program is funded through the inmate meal budget...WTF!!!!.......what kind of acounting is April doing.... No wonder why taxes are going up and services are being cut!
Ted Musco June 08, 2011 at 03:37 AM
now it can go down as record the Mayor raised taxes last year and now she is offically cutting town services. what other lies is she going to break.
Fact Checker June 08, 2011 at 05:41 AM
shut up gene
Richard Poulton June 08, 2011 at 11:40 AM
Can you or anyone else explain further what this is.
Richard Poulton June 08, 2011 at 12:34 PM
From what I understand the public was not allowed to comment during the TC meeting after the Hongo speech. Watched what happens at tonights wetlands meeting in regards to the Three Stone Pillar issue. The public will not be allowed to comment at that meeting as well, since it is not a "public hearing" type meeting.
Lisa June 08, 2011 at 12:37 PM
I have worked in the medical field for 10 years. HIPAA violations are taken very seriously.
getta life June 08, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Well thought out response fact checker. Thats the official link to HIPPA. I guess McCant's 3 party website is the correct information though. Fact check that.
Dan McCann June 08, 2011 at 12:59 PM
HR Direct is not a 3rd party website. It's what HR professionals use.
Dan McCann June 08, 2011 at 01:07 PM
We also use this link but you have to be a member. See if it works www.shrm.org/.../Samples/PowerPoints/Documents/09-PPT-Privacy%20Issues%20at%20Work_FINAL.ppt - 2009-04-20
Karen Seliga June 08, 2011 at 01:13 PM
Mayor Capone was a participant at the East Haven High School Honor Society Induction Ceremony last night. As a proud parent of an East Haven High School Senior National Honor Society re-inductee, I appreciated the Mayor's participation. Our children are this town's future, it was refreshing to see the Mayor put the children first.
Rosie June 08, 2011 at 02:48 PM
What a joke!
Angelo June 08, 2011 at 05:50 PM
I am compelled to reply. I am so tired of G.Ruocco claiming that It is everyone else that lies or misleads the readers." East Haven’s total mil increase over four years totals 3.60mils, .9 mils for each year. Not bad in this economy with no drop in services & many improvements" Remember this quote, Gene? By the sound of this article, you are cutting town services. Do you still stand by this quote. If so, are you admitting that this is a result of a personal vendetta? Explain please!
Fact Checker June 08, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Dan McCann June 09, 2011 at 12:54 AM
Gee the only person ever to call me spin boy was Gene.....Gene is that you?
Ted Musco June 09, 2011 at 01:13 AM
how many differant names does G-Money use,gettalife, ASmith, Factchecker, and stavenobserver??? inquiring minds would like to know!!!


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