Bridgeport Police Department

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Bridgeport Police Department
Abbreviation BPD
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Patch of the Bridgeport Police Department.
Agency overview
Formed 1837
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Bridgeport in the state of Connecticut, USA
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Map of Bridgeport Police Department's jurisdiction.
Size 19.4 square miles (50 km2)
Population 137,912[1]
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Bridgeport, Connecticut
Agency executive Joseph Gaudett, Chief
Website
Bridgeport Police
Footnotes
* 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.

Notably, Bridgeport was the first city in New England to deploy radio patrol police cars in September 1933.[2]

Park Law Enforcement[edit]

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.

Officer Salary[edit]

In 2012, the maximum annual salary for police officers was $168,374.

Crime[edit]

The department enforces the laws within Connecticut's most populous city. Bridgeport has the 56th largest metro area in the United States.[citation needed] 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.

Major Standoffs[edit]

July 2008 Stand Off[edit]

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.[citation needed]

January 2008 Stand Off[edit]

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.[citation needed]

June 2007 Stand Off[edit]

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[edit]

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.[citation needed]

The current chief is Joseph Gaudett.[3]

Media[edit]

In the 2008 film, Pistol Whipped, Steven Seagal plays an ex-cop from the Bridgeport Police Department.

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