East Haven Mayor Discounts Top Police Union Official's Concerns (Corrected)

Mayor Maturo says there is nothing illegal over the residence requirement.

Joseph Maturo Jr.
Joseph Maturo Jr.

East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. on Thursday discounted a claim by a top police union official that the Police Department’s contract that requires new police recruits to sign agreements that they will remain with the Police Department for three years violates state law. 

"The Town's position is that the agreements are valid, enforceable, and not contrary to law. Our Town's Labor Counsel, Atty. Frank Kolb, has indicated that pursuant to C.G.S. Sec. 31-51r(c), the agreements have been developed and entered into with the knowledge and understanding of the employees' bargaining representative,” Maturo said in a statement released to the media Thursday morning.

“However, more importantly, because of the Town's massive investment in training and cutting edge technology at the Police Department, applicants are actively seeking to become part of the East Haven Police Department family. The Department is rapidly becoming one of 'choice' rather than one to 'avoid.'  As a result, the need for the pre-employment agreements is likely to become a moot topic shortly anyway,” Maturo added in his statement. 

The New Haven Register and reporter Evan Lips wrote a story late Wednesday night quoting a top Connecticut Police Union official who claims the requirement East Haven is asking recruits to remain in town violates state law. 

The town required new recruits to stay with the Police Department for three years after five new officers bolted the department, and it costs the town approximately $100,000 per recruit for training costs, the Register reports. 

Richard Poulton July 03, 2014 at 01:57 PM
Now I'm confused. Is this about required residency to hold a position or a signed agreement to stay with the EHPD for a agreed upon period of time before moving to another PD? Two seperate issues. Anyone want to jump in?
Norm Brody July 03, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Looks like a misquote of a vague statement. The Register article says the officer is required to "remain in town", meaning he/she must remain in the employ of the town. I didn't interpret anything in the article like a residency requirement. Not having seen the contract myself, I can't say for sure. But, I do hope we can stem flow of our tax dollars leaving town with trained PO's leaving soon after they start with us.
Richard Poulton July 03, 2014 at 04:05 PM
I agree Norm, very vague reporting on someones part. In re-reading the NHR I see that any new recruit to be a PO must sign a contractual agreement to remain a EHPD for 3 yrs, which is NOT a residency clause. If the New PO decides to leave to another PD the town is re-imbursed for the towns cost to conduct certain exams and back ground checks. Not required to re-imburse the amount spent to send to P.A. I think this is good. You join the department to be part of the town, not to get a little expierence and then jump to another PD. Maybe the Patch reporter and Lips can get togther and check their notes.
Peter T. Cianelli July 03, 2014 at 04:19 PM
This Connecticut Police Union official's statement is one of the many reasons why the taxpayers all over the Country can no longer support these Public Unions.....if our town pays to train these officers then they should be required to sign the agreement to stay in our town ....
Brian McCready July 04, 2014 at 10:48 AM
My apologies for mixing up the residency requirement aspect. I corrected the story to make it clear East Haven is asking the officers pledge to remain with the department for three years. There is no residency requirement. The error was mine.


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