News release from Bridgeport Generation Now:
For the first time, an initial set of 20 policies and procedures of the Bridgeport Police Department will be available online, allowing the public immediate access to the workplace rules that govern the employees of the largest police department in the state.
On Thursday, June 4th, Gemeem Davis and Callie Gale Heilmann, Co-Directors of the grassroots civic engagement organization, Bridgeport Generation Now, attended a meeting with the State Commissioner and Police Chiefs from the major Connecticut cities, to address the crisis of racism, abuse, and corruption within the system of policing.
Bridgeport’s Police Chief, AJ Perez, and Assistant Police Chief Rebeca Garcia were in attendance. Ms. Davis and Ms. Heilmann repeatedly pressed the Chiefs on why, after almost a year, the City Attorney’s Office had ignored the group’s Freedom of Information requests for the policies. In response, Chief Perez committed to looking into the issue. On Wednesday, Chief Perez called Gen Now to announce that all the policies would be posted online. Lt. Manuel Cotto, responsible for this work, will continue uploading the 80 or so additional department policies over the next several weeks. Policies are available here: https://www.bridgeportct.gov/content/341307/341425/341439/367559.aspx
We at Bridgeport Generation Now have no tolerance for racism, abuse, and corruption within our police department. Please read our attached statement, Gen Now Statement_6.12.20 as we stand with Black Lives Matter build on the work we’ve been leading since 2017. The people of Bridgeport deserve and demand the highest levels of respect, transparency, and accountability from our Police Department. Allowing us and the public to access the policy handbook proved to be an easy, and doable, first step.