Trumbull Police Union

Trumbull Police Union The Trumbull Police Union represents the sworn officers of the Trumbull Police Department. We also fu

01/15/2023

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS!

For the third weekend in a row, our ability to provide public safety was pushed to the breaking point. There were endless fights, involving WEAPONS nonetheless, which resulted in numerous arrests. Individuals at the Trumbull Mall fought with as well as spit at/on Police Officers on scene.

Due to our critical staffing shortage, we were unable to provide public safety services by ourselves. We thank the Connecticut State Police, Bridgeport Police, Fairfield Police, Monroe Police and Stratford Police for providing assistance to the public and our officers in need.

During this time, we also received calls for service for an individual experiencing cardiac arrest and another call for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Since we are first responders and respond to most medical calls, both of these calls required two police officers. Thankfully our midnight shift was able to respond into work early to cover these extra emergency calls.

This is what happens when money and politics are prioritized over public safety. This problem will continue and it simply CANNOT be sustained. We encourage town officials to act swiftly to rectify this issue, and we encourage residents to contact their elected officials. We hope and pray that in the future no one gets seriously injured.

12/29/2022

We believe the Trumbull residents and taxpayers deserve to know the true cost of public safety.

Before Christmas, we posted a letter written by the Trumbull Police Commission documenting the Police Department’s staffing crisis. Trumbull Board of Finance member Isaac responded to our post by writing:

“thanks for posting this. Since you have the numbers handy, what is the specific incremental cost per employee to fund a pension? What is the annual contribution required per employee to fully fund the pension (and not create a future liability for the town). What is the present value to fully fund a pension for each employee (using a discount rate of 5%).”

This is the Union’s response:

Mr. Isaac, you’re assuming that we have the numbers handy.

Those calculations came from the Town’s own budget reports; which we hope you have read. Being that you are a BOF Member, you should know that this information is public knowledge. We took efforts to research those figures.

Secondly, the specific incremental cost per employee to fund a pension will balloon higher than it should since the Administration is adding non-police officer employees to its study; a political move that doesn’t make financial sense since the Town-side pension fund is dismally funded at less than 50% and since there’s no evidence of town-side employees leaving for pension towns as such with the police department.

Furthermore, the study will eventually identify the annual contribution required per employee with accuracy; and it will create a future liability for the town once those officers, should they get a pension, retire. But as we asked, what is the town willing to pay for its public safety?

Even if the ARC amount DOUBLES, which it won’t, we’re talking about 3%-3.50% of the TOTAL Town/BOE annual budget. Currently, the ARC funding sits below 2% at 1.75% over the last five (5) fiscal years. So we ask again, what is the town willing to pay for its public safety?

Lastly, you are assuming a discount rate of 5%; which, if you knew about the police pension fund, is not correct. The police pension fund discount rate is 7.25%, well within the normal rate for municipal pension funds. A lower discount rate that you’re assuming would arbitrarily balloon the cost to a level that doesn’t match reality or the experience our fund has ever had. Oh, BTW, the present value in actual experience, not theoretically, is about $13,000 - $17,000 per employee; which, the employee picks up a percentage of as contributions from their salary. Once again, these aren’t figures or calculations that we have handy; they’re calculated using actual experience of the police fund’s performance and actuarial studies. Prior to Jan 2022 and the dismal market performance this calendar year thanks primarily to inflation, the police pension fund was funded at 94%. Since then, it’s hovering around 82-84%, almost double the amount the town-side fund is experiencing.

Maybe the narrative that pensions for police officers are too costly for the town of Trumbull needs to be addressed with the public in a truthful manner. Since the town went away from pensions, a move that we brought to state arbitration and were forced to accept for various reasons, the ARC funding has INCREASED.

In the five (5) years prior to the pension being taken away, the Town’s ARC percentage vs. the total budget was an average of 1.11% from 2010-2015. From 2015-2023 it equals 1.75% (as we reported earlier). So, please tell us where the EXORBITANT amount of taxpayer’s money is being spent for police pensions?

2009-2010​$134M budget​$1.250M ARC ​​0.93% of budget

2010-2011​$136M budget​$1.350M ARC​​0.99% of budget

2011-2012​$141M budget​$1.450M ARC​​1.03% of budget

2012-2013​$146M budget​$1.600M ARC​​1.10% of budget

2013-2014​$152M budget​$1.700M ARC​​1.12% of budget

2014-2015​$156M budget​$2.050M ARC​​1.31% of budget

2015-2016​$160M budget​$2.907M ARC​​1.82% of budget

You can see that the largest percentage jump in this time-frame is from 2015-2016; the first year the police pension was taken away.

Finally, we are aware that three (3) more officers will be leaving in the next month or two; one to Darien PD and two more to Norwalk PD (both towns with pensions). This could strongly lead to the reassignment of the Trumbull High School SRO to the Patrol Division.

CRITICAL STAFFING SHORTAGES/PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERN:WE NEED YOUR HELP!Since December 23, 2018, eleven (11) police officers...
12/20/2022

CRITICAL STAFFING SHORTAGES/PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERN:

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Since December 23, 2018, eleven (11) police officers have transferred to other police departments with defined benefit retirement plans (pensions). More police officers are intending to laterally transfer in the coming months. The department is currently understaffed with 14 openings (approximately 20% of department) which is causing severe strains on our existing officers. This retention issue can not be sustained.

We are at one of the lowest levels of staffing in the Trumbull Police Department’s history. Three (3) police officers recently retired, and six (6) additional officers are eligible to leave at a moment’s notice. At the same time of this staffing crisis, our officers are responding to the most calls for service than any other time. This shortage has caused officers to be pulled from the schools, traffic unit, the Trumbull Mall and other critical public safety roles.

We support and thank the Police Commission and Chief Lombardo for continuing to fight for this department and the safety of the residents of Trumbull. Attached is a letter from the Police Commission to the Board of Finance and Town Council documenting this issue.

Please contact your elected officials and voice your concerns.

It’s a good thing that the town’s police officers don’t hide behind the scenes during emergencies like the majority of t...
12/20/2022

It’s a good thing that the town’s police officers don’t hide behind the scenes during emergencies like the majority of the town’s elected representatives hide behind politics when it comes to ARPA uses.

Your elected officials should be ashamed of themselves. They represent their party’s initiatives rather than the people that they’re elected to represent.

Thank you Mike Buswell and Carl Massaro for trying to restore funding to support Veterans and Police Officers.

Council member Carl Massaro made a motion to allocate $300,000 in federal dollars to help...

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10/16/2022

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🇺🇸SonnyGram🚔 shared a post on Instagram: "10/12/22 was a gut wrenching day for the CT law enforcement family. Two brave officers were stolen from us during this cowardly act. I am proud to have called Sergeant Dustin DeMonte a friend and fellow classmate of POST Class 337. Sergeant DeMonte ...

In honor of our fallen Bristol Police Department Brothers, Sergeant Dustin Demonte and Officer Alex Hamzy, the Trumbull ...
10/14/2022

In honor of our fallen Bristol Police Department Brothers, Sergeant Dustin Demonte and Officer Alex Hamzy, the Trumbull Police Union sends our thoughts and prayers to their families. We also wish Officer Iurato a fast and speedy recovery. We honor our Brothers and Sisters who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Please pray for the families and for the Bristol Police Department.
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10/13/2022

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10/05/2022

🚨ENDORSEMENT🚨

I am honored to have the endorsement of the Trumbull Police Union.

Laura Devlin and I will restore respect to our law enforcement officers.

The Trumbull Police Union is pleased to announce its endorsement of Bob Stefanowski for Governor. On September 20th, Bob...
10/03/2022

The Trumbull Police Union is pleased to announce its endorsement of Bob Stefanowski for Governor.

On September 20th, Bob addressed our membership and listened to our concerns in a question and answer session.

Topics of the evening included the dramatic increase in crime, severe staffing shortages within the department, and liability concerns related directly to the passage of the police accountability bill.

We also want to thank other endorsed candidates that attended - Laura Devlin for Lieutenant Governor, Jayme Stevenson for U.S. Congress, and Dave Rutigliano for State Representative.

Bob Stefanowski Jayme Stevenson Dave Rutigliano For Trumbull Laura Devlin

The Trumbull Police Union is happy to once again donate turkeys to the Trumbull Food Pantry at the Senior Center. This y...
11/18/2021

The Trumbull Police Union is happy to once again donate turkeys to the Trumbull Food Pantry at the Senior Center. This year, we were able to donate 21 turkeys for families in need. We hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 🍽 🍁

Pictured (left) is Union President Robert Coppola and (right) Union Treasurer Joseph Dzurenda.

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09/11/2021

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time”

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Have a happy and safe 4th of July!
07/04/2021

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

05/31/2021

A day to remember and honor all the brave heroes who served to hold our flag high 🇺🇸

The Trumbull Police Union wishes to thank our First Selectman Vicki Tesoro for the Proclamation that she sent to the dep...
05/18/2021

The Trumbull Police Union wishes to thank our First Selectman Vicki Tesoro for the Proclamation that she sent to the department last week during National Police Week. Thank you for the support! Town of Trumbull Trumbull Police Department

05/11/2021

It’s National Police Week!

This week we honor all law enforcement; the Trumbull Police Department offers its sincerest thoughts and prayers to all Officers and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Particularly, Trumbull Special Police Officer John Montabana, who was killed in the line of duty, when he was struck by a car while directing traffic, on November 1, 1974.

A Trumbull Citizen hand-made this blanket for K9 Officer Lee in remembrance of K9 Storm. Thank You for the support.     ...
03/05/2021

A Trumbull Citizen hand-made this blanket for K9 Officer Lee in remembrance of K9 Storm. Thank You for the support.

02/11/2021

We, The Union, decided on our own to remove our post from yesterday after it turned personal against Ms. Figueroa. Personal attacks, especially ones that should remain private, we believe does not improve dialogue. It only adds insult to injury. We received an email letter from Ms. Figueroa explaining her position and we thank her for doing so. We will be having an in-person, face-to-face meeting with her in regards to the issues that we brought to light, in a forceful, yet civil & professional manner with the benefit of
our Members and Town residents in mind. It remains our Executive Board’s position that Ms. Figueroa must resign; her posts, no matter when made, goes against the stated mission statement of the E.D.I.T. Commission. Thank you for your understanding. It has always been our organization's position that we wish to make this town better. Town of Trumbull

01/18/2021
01/08/2021
Trumbull Police Department

K-9 Storm, thank you for your service. May you Rest In Peace.

Trumbull Police Officers, personnel, and K-9 Units from the region saluted retired K-9 Storm for his service. K-9 Storm was recently diagnosed with a terminal disease. Officer G. Lee has made the difficult decision to lay him to rest.

The entire Trumbull Police Department family and community will miss him.

Rest in Peace K-9 Storm.

10/24/2020

Norwalk Police Union Greenwich Police Silver Shield Association Stamford Police Association West Haven Police Union Local 895

10/18/2020
Police rip Biden's repeated advice to shoot suspects 'in the leg'

This statement not only contradicts all use of force policies/trainings, but it is EXTREMELY ignorant, dangerous, and reckless.

Law enforcement groups blasted Vice President Joe Biden for again suggesting training police to shoot suspects "in the leg" is a viable way to avoid fatalities, decrying the proposal as dangerous and ignorant.

09/25/2020
Danbury Police Union

Danbury Police Union

This is a letter from a Bristol officer who just resigned...

“I've been a police officer in this state since June of 2013.
Most of which was spent in a fairly violent and busy city.
All of it was spent on patrol.

As of last night at 10:42 PM, I am no longer a police officer and will never be one again.

I made the very difficult decision to walk away from this career 100 % on my own accord in good standing.

In the nearly 7 and a half years I've held this job I've never had a formal complaint made against me.

Although it would've been justified on more than one occasion, I never shot anyone.
I never tased anyone.
Never used my baton.
Never used my spray.

Some skill, but mostly luck and ability to talk people out of being stupid.

Can't even begin to guess how many calls I went on or arrests I made in that time, but it was a lot.

I hold a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Criminal Justice.
I have over 14 years combined of martial arts training and experience.

This isn't to brag because I worked with people that were far better cops than I was over the years.

My point is this.

Despite doing my best over the years with a pretty damn good record, I have had to put up with continuously being maligned as a racist, violent, corrupt person just because of the job I held.

Opinions from people who have no idea what they're talking about.

Opinions based off of something that happened in a city and state I've never been and will never go to.

Most local and state politicians have completely abandoned law enforcement in Connecticut and I'm tired of being used as a pawn.

The recent "reform bill" passed is a complete joke and does nothing but prevent cops from doing their job.
Oh, but it's supposed to just w**d the "bad ones" out right?
It's going to do the complete opposite.

Almost all of my friends in this career have left or are planning to leave in the very near future.
Good cops. Not the "bad apples".

There's barely anyone showing up at the application tests at this point and of those that do, most have no business being there.

Standards are being lowered just to fill spots.
What could go wrong?

I think that law enforcement in this state is damaged to an extent that it probably can't recover from.

I hope that I'm wrong.

A lot of people supported this bill without really understanding it.
Any feedback from law enforcement wasn't welcome.
It never is.

In fact anytime police try to push back on the horrendous laws continuously passed in this state the response is "don't like it then quit".

No problem.

I know that most people support the police and understand how needed they are.
Do police departments have problems? Of course. What job doesn't?

Defunding and disbanding is not the answer. It's moronic. You think police departments had problems before? Wait until you see what will come then.

For those who think they can do it better-almost every single town is hiring. Sign up.

For my friends, family and anyone reading this that has supported me over the years I can't thank you enough.
I wouldn't have made it as long as I did without all your support.
Especially to my wife for all she's had to put up with from this career, which has been a lot.
Missed holidays. Birthdays. Vacations. Parties.

To the friends I lost due to my career choice, I could honestly care less.

To all my friends in law enforcement-hold the line. You have my continuous prayers and support. You're essentially on your own out there in an impossible job.

All of you guys I worked with over the years, I'm going to miss the talks, jokes and arguments we had. Good times.
If any of you are looking to get out, I'm more than happy to help anyway that I can. I know it's a hard choice. Feel free to message me.

Lastly and most importantly to God for getting me out of some horrendous situations in this job over the years without ever getting seriously injured or killed. Some very close calls.

On a more upbeat note-I'm starting a career in real estate so anyone that's looking to buy, sell, rent or invest I'd be honored if you'd let me help you out.
I might just be starting, but I promise you will get my full attention and effort.
If you could give my business page a like or a share I would really appreciate it.”

Best of luck in your future endeavors!

Name withheld upon request.

09/11/2020

We will never forget 🇺🇸

08/21/2020
Support Our Shelton Police Officers organized by Michelle Laubin

Please help support our brothers and sisters in Shelton. Thank you so much! Council 4 AFSCME Fairfield Police Union (C.O.P.S. Local #550) Monroe CT Police Union Norwalk Police Union Danbury Police Union Darien Police Association

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07/29/2020
Chris Murphy

Are you serious Senator Chris Murphy ? You have just lost the faith of every constituent in and around Sandy Hook, and for that matter, the rest of CT. This is absolutely ludicrous. 8 years ago in Newtown, this nation experienced one of the most horrific mass killings in history. This radical agenda needs to be stopped.

There are plenty of better ways to ensure that our schools are safe places to learn, and Congress needs to understand how police in schools end up with the wrong kids getting arrested for minor disciplinary actions and resources being drained from more effective programs. If we are going to tackle racial inequities in our education system, getting police out of schools is a necessary first step. Today, I'm teaming up with Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ilhan Omar to introduce the Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act.

07/27/2020

URGENT. Must be done immediately. Contact these State Senators and let them know you are not in favor of the current police reform bill before them. The bill passed the House of Representatives, and is now in the State Senate.

We as law enforcement officers are always open to a discussion about change and how to better serve the community. The 99.99% of law abiding citizens and their communities will be affected negatively by this bill. Ask the Senators to re-evaluate this bill in order to discuss making more reasonable changes. Changes need to be based on facts/statistics, open discussion, and not emotion. This bill may not defund the police, but it will dismantle the police.

Senator Marilyn Moore

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Thank you so much!

07/26/2020
Danbury Police Union

We couldn’t agree more! Danbury Police Union

To our CT Elected Officials,

The members of the Danbury Police Union are united in opposing HB 6004, "An Act Concerning Police Accountability." Not because we don't want to be held accountable as the name implies, but because we believe this bill has been hastily constructed, has had limited public input and scrutiny, and places an undue fiscal burden on municipalities. There are things in it we don't necessarily like, but can work with. There are also issues here that I just shake my head at.

For instance, reducing the amount of training for recertification. This bill reduces mandated training hours from the current 60 hours every three years (which works out to only 20 hours a year, three of which are fi****ms) to 40 hours every three years (less than 15 hours a year of which three are fi****ms). Yet, the bill calls for more unfunded, mandated training such as implicit bias training. The state appears to want to hold Officers accountable, but not give them the tools to achieve that goal. For example, there is no mandate for defensive tactics or handcuffing and control in recertification, but that is where these issues seem to be stemming from. If we fail to give officers the proper instruction to do their job how can we hold them accountable?

On revoking certification, POST has had the ability to decertify Officers and they have done so. I count 78 names on the list of decertified police officers on the POST website. If we need to add categories for decertification then we should, but the language in this bill is too broad and vague to protect Officers. If the intent was to stop the examples given then those should be specified, not "conduct that undermines public confidence in law enforcement." That could be anything given the way the politics of the day are. This includes on duty and off duty conduct. Can anyone give me a definition of what that conduct is? If you are following what has been happening at the Shelton Police Department one could make an argument that the Shelton Police Chief's actions are undermining public confidence in law enforcement. Is this what the legislation is intended to stop? Will POST decertify a Chief?

Much of the opposition to this bill has been focused on qualified immunity. I believe this is a red herring designed to draw opposition to this one portion of the bill and distract from the problems with the rest of the bill. Are there issues with qualified immunity? Yes, but I believe the biggest issue is that the perception that the police have lost qualified immunity will increase the number of lawsuits against the police and municipalities. This coupled with the cumulative unfunded mandates in the rest of this bill is fiscally irresponsible.

These are just a few of the issues with this bill. If you watched the house debate this issue, you heard some of the other issues brought up. These will have lasting negative repercussions for law enforcement in Connecticut if passed. We are not blind to the issues that need to be addressed, but believe there will be a better result if we work out these problems and put forth a bill that we can all live with and be accountable too.

David Antedomenico
Danbury Police Union President
National FOP Lodge #28, Hat City Labor Lodge

07/26/2020

Thank you so much!!!

State Representative Ben McGorty 122nd District State Representative Laura Devlin State Representative David Rutigliano

It’s time for the police unions to stand behind and endorse the Republican names in red who supported the men and women in blue and take a stand against Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut Democratic Party’s
anti-police policies.

06/26/2020

So unbelievably sad. Please stay safe!

06/26/2020

***DANGEROUS CT POLICE REFORM***

On June 22, 2020, the CT Post released an article on CT Insider about the Use of Force incidents within the State Police across CT in 2019. The State Police is an amazing agency through and through. The reason we used their statistics is because they are the largest police force in CT, and collect great data.

In 2019, CT State Police arrested 9,829 individuals. Of the 9,829 arrests, less than 1% resulted in a use of force incident (94 incidents). “About two-thirds or 66 percent of the 94 use-of-force incidents in 2019 involved alcohol, the report said. In addition, 25 of the incidents required the person to be sent to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.” “The use of deadly force was down from five incidents in 2017, to three in 2018 and two in 2019.”

The reason we’re posting this is because the CT legislation is in special session (normally reserved for budgetary reasons) right now trying to pass radical police reform laws that will make this state more dangerous. Cops will simply not be able to do their jobs, even more so than now. We have been told by other states that Connecticut produces some of the most well trained police in the country. The narrative that we’re out there hurting, injuring, or killing people at astronomical rates is simply not true.

We acknowledge and welcome reasonable changes to law enforcement. We acknowledge that we are human and make mistakes. We acknowledge that there are bad apples in our profession. We need more training, the best qualified candidates, and the rights tools to do the job - not radical reform bills. This continued onslaught of CT law enforcement is not the answer.

Over the past week, Bridgeport has had 10 people shot resulting in 3 deaths. Last night, multiple shootings were reported throughout the city. It got so bad, that Bridgeport PD had to call for assistance from the surrounding towns to help protect Bridgeport Hospital, out of fear that there would be a retaliatory shooting inside or around the hospital. Imagine having to go to a emergency room for a medical emergency, the birth of a newborn, visiting an ill family member, and one has to worry about gun fire. It is simply disgusting and unacceptable.

Please, for the sake of all of our children, communities, and state, call your local first selectperson, state representative or state senator and tell them to stop the radical police reform bill.

Respectfully,

Trumbull Police Union

06/22/2020

Happy Father’s Day!

06/19/2020

No matter what your politics are, it’s irrelevant. Thank you Dan Bongino for the show of support. Dan Bongino

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WE NEED YOUR HELP!

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS!

For the third weekend in a row, our ability to provide public safety was pushed to the breaking point. There were endless fights, involving WEAPONS nonetheless, which resulted in numerous arrests. Individuals at the Trumbull Mall fought with as well as spit at/on Police Officers on scene.

Due to our critical staffing shortage, we were unable to provide public safety services by ourselves. We thank the Connecticut State Police, Bridgeport Police, Fairfield Police, Monroe Police and Stratford Police for providing assistance to the public and our officers in need.

During this time, we also received calls for service for an individual experiencing cardiac arrest and another call for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Since we are first responders and respond to most medical calls, both of these calls required two police officers. Thankfully our midnight shift was able to respond into work early to cover these extra emergency calls.

This is what happens when money and politics are prioritized over public safety. This problem will continue and it simply CANNOT be sustained. We encourage town officials to act swiftly to rectify this issue, and we encourage residents to contact their elected officials. We hope and pray that in the future no one gets seriously injured.
We believe the Trumbull residents and taxpayers deserve to know the true cost of public safety.

Before Christmas, we posted a letter written by the Trumbull Police Commission documenting the Police Department’s staffing crisis. Trumbull Board of Finance member Isaac responded to our post by writing:

“thanks for posting this. Since you have the numbers handy, what is the specific incremental cost per employee to fund a pension? What is the annual contribution required per employee to fully fund the pension (and not create a future liability for the town). What is the present value to fully fund a pension for each employee (using a discount rate of 5%).”

This is the Union’s response:

Mr. Isaac, you’re assuming that we have the numbers handy.

Those calculations came from the Town’s own budget reports; which we hope you have read. Being that you are a BOF Member, you should know that this information is public knowledge. We took efforts to research those figures.

Secondly, the specific incremental cost per employee to fund a pension will balloon higher than it should since the Administration is adding non-police officer employees to its study; a political move that doesn’t make financial sense since the Town-side pension fund is dismally funded at less than 50% and since there’s no evidence of town-side employees leaving for pension towns as such with the police department.

Furthermore, the study will eventually identify the annual contribution required per employee with accuracy; and it will create a future liability for the town once those officers, should they get a pension, retire. But as we asked, what is the town willing to pay for its public safety?

Even if the ARC amount DOUBLES, which it won’t, we’re talking about 3%-3.50% of the TOTAL Town/BOE annual budget. Currently, the ARC funding sits below 2% at 1.75% over the last five (5) fiscal years. So we ask again, what is the town willing to pay for its public safety?

Lastly, you are assuming a discount rate of 5%; which, if you knew about the police pension fund, is not correct. The police pension fund discount rate is 7.25%, well within the normal rate for municipal pension funds. A lower discount rate that you’re assuming would arbitrarily balloon the cost to a level that doesn’t match reality or the experience our fund has ever had. Oh, BTW, the present value in actual experience, not theoretically, is about $13,000 - $17,000 per employee; which, the employee picks up a percentage of as contributions from their salary. Once again, these aren’t figures or calculations that we have handy; they’re calculated using actual experience of the police fund’s performance and actuarial studies. Prior to Jan 2022 and the dismal market performance this calendar year thanks primarily to inflation, the police pension fund was funded at 94%. Since then, it’s hovering around 82-84%, almost double the amount the town-side fund is experiencing.

Maybe the narrative that pensions for police officers are too costly for the town of Trumbull needs to be addressed with the public in a truthful manner. Since the town went away from pensions, a move that we brought to state arbitration and were forced to accept for various reasons, the ARC funding has INCREASED.

In the five (5) years prior to the pension being taken away, the Town’s ARC percentage vs. the total budget was an average of 1.11% from 2010-2015. From 2015-2023 it equals 1.75% (as we reported earlier). So, please tell us where the EXORBITANT amount of taxpayer’s money is being spent for police pensions?

2009-2010​$134M budget​$1.250M ARC ​​0.93% of budget

2010-2011​$136M budget​$1.350M ARC​​0.99% of budget

2011-2012​$141M budget​$1.450M ARC​​1.03% of budget

2012-2013​$146M budget​$1.600M ARC​​1.10% of budget

2013-2014​$152M budget​$1.700M ARC​​1.12% of budget

2014-2015​$156M budget​$2.050M ARC​​1.31% of budget

2015-2016​$160M budget​$2.907M ARC​​1.82% of budget

You can see that the largest percentage jump in this time-frame is from 2015-2016; the first year the police pension was taken away.

Finally, we are aware that three (3) more officers will be leaving in the next month or two; one to Darien PD and two more to Norwalk PD (both towns with pensions). This could strongly lead to the reassignment of the Trumbull High School SRO to the Patrol Division.
CRITICAL STAFFING SHORTAGES/PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERN:

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Since December 23, 2018, eleven (11) police officers have transferred to other police departments with defined benefit retirement plans (pensions). More police officers are intending to laterally transfer in the coming months. The department is currently understaffed with 14 openings (approximately 20% of department) which is causing severe strains on our existing officers. This retention issue can not be sustained.

We are at one of the lowest levels of staffing in the Trumbull Police Department’s history. Three (3) police officers recently retired, and six (6) additional officers are eligible to leave at a moment’s notice. At the same time of this staffing crisis, our officers are responding to the most calls for service than any other time. This shortage has caused officers to be pulled from the schools, traffic unit, the Trumbull Mall and other critical public safety roles.

We support and thank the Police Commission and Chief Lombardo for continuing to fight for this department and the safety of the residents of Trumbull. Attached is a letter from the Police Commission to the Board of Finance and Town Council documenting this issue.

Please contact your elected officials and voice your concerns.
It’s a good thing that the town’s police officers don’t hide behind the scenes during emergencies like the majority of the town’s elected representatives hide behind politics when it comes to ARPA uses.

Your elected officials should be ashamed of themselves. They represent their party’s initiatives rather than the people that they’re elected to represent.

Thank you Mike Buswell and Carl Massaro for trying to restore funding to support Veterans and Police Officers.
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In honor of our fallen Bristol Police Department Brothers, Sergeant Dustin Demonte and Officer Alex Hamzy, the Trumbull Police Union sends our thoughts and prayers to their families. We also wish Officer Iurato a fast and speedy recovery. We honor our Brothers and Sisters who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Please pray for the families and for the Bristol Police Department.
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The Trumbull Police Union is pleased to announce its endorsement of Bob Stefanowski for Governor.

On September 20th, Bob addressed our membership and listened to our concerns in a question and answer session.

Topics of the evening included the dramatic increase in crime, severe staffing shortages within the department, and liability concerns related directly to the passage of the police accountability bill.

We also want to thank other endorsed candidates that attended - Laura Devlin for Lieutenant Governor, Jayme Stevenson for U.S. Congress, and Dave Rutigliano for State Representative.

Bob Stefanowski Jayme Stevenson Dave Rutigliano For Trumbull Laura Devlin
The Trumbull Police Union is happy to once again donate turkeys to the Trumbull Food Pantry at the Senior Center. This year, we were able to donate 21 turkeys for families in need. We hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 🍽 🍁

Pictured (left) is Union President Robert Coppola and (right) Union Treasurer Joseph Dzurenda.
“No day shall erase you from the memory of time”

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Have a happy and safe 4th of July!
A day to remember and honor all the brave heroes who served to hold our flag high 🇺🇸
The Trumbull Police Union wishes to thank our First Selectman Vicki Tesoro for the Proclamation that she sent to the department last week during National Police Week. Thank you for the support! Town of Trumbull Trumbull Police Department
A Trumbull Citizen hand-made this blanket for K9 Officer Lee in remembrance of K9 Storm. Thank You for the support.
We, The Union, decided on our own to remove our post from yesterday after it turned personal against Ms. Figueroa. Personal attacks, especially ones that should remain private, we believe does not improve dialogue. It only adds insult to injury. We received an email letter from Ms. Figueroa explaining her position and we thank her for doing so. We will be having an in-person, face-to-face meeting with her in regards to the issues that we brought to light, in a forceful, yet civil & professional manner with the benefit of
our Members and Town residents in mind. It remains our Executive Board’s position that Ms. Figueroa must resign; her posts, no matter when made, goes against the stated mission statement of the E.D.I.T. Commission. Thank you for your understanding. It has always been our organization's position that we wish to make this town better. Town of Trumbull