Bridgeport Police Department
|Bridgeport Police Department|
|Patch of the Bridgeport Police Department.|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||City of Bridgeport in the state of Connecticut, USA|
|Map of Bridgeport Police Department's jurisdiction.|
|Size||19.4 square miles (50 km2)|
|Agency executive||Joseph Gaudett, Chief|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Bridgeport Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency in Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut. It is responsible for most law enforcement within the geographical boundary of City of Bridgeport, with the exception of :
- City parks which are handled by the Bridgeport Park Police.
- Most judicial warrants and judicial process which are handled by the Fairfield County State Marshal.
- Highway patrol which is handled by the Connecticut State Police.
Park Law Enforcement
Law enforcement in Bridgeport's parks is handled by the Bridgeport Park Police Department, a separate department devoted to law enforcement in Bridgeport's parks.
In 2012, the maximum annual salary for police officers was $168,374.
The department enforces the laws within Connecticut's most populous city. Bridgeport has the 56th largest metro area in the United States. Consequently there is a considerable amount of criminal activity the department has to contain and neutralize. This may range from occurrences of (but not limited) to gang violence, car theft, standoffs, murder and muggings.
July 2008 Stand Off
This was a 7 hour standoff situation off of Capital Avenue with a mentally unstable man who was heavily armed and believed he was a Soviet spy. The man barricaded himself in his home with his family, including his wife and several children. The standoff lasted for several hours and was a top story in Connecticut.
January 2008 Stand Off
In January 2008 a 30-minute standoff occurred in January 2008. Several buildings and streets were evacuated to make way for police. After 30 minutes the police arrested the man for breach of peace.
June 2007 Stand Off
A two-day-long standoff results in Andy Garcia being arrested. The situation apparently started when police received a shots-fired call in the middle of the day, someone reported the suspects name and licence-plate number to police. The licence-plate number lead police to a house on Seaview Ave. Police say when they arrived at the house a man began opening fire at them. They evacuated the neighborhood, blocked off the street and put the house under surveillance. click here for a picture of this standoff
March 2005 Stand Off
In March 2005, a man was arrested after shooting at and having a standoff with Bridgeport police officers. Police responded to a dispute call with guns involved on Black Rock Avenue. According to police the suspect had two shotguns and a rifle in the apartment and was firing at Bridgeport police while having a dispute with a woman.
The current chief is Joseph Gaudett.
- "Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Connecticut" (CSV). 2006 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. 2006. Retrieved June 28, 2007.