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Monroe PD FAQs

Public fingerprinting is scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:00 pm–8:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM. Please call the department at 203-261-3622 prior to your arrival to verify appointment openings and ensure a detective is available. Your appointment should last approximately 15 minutes. Public fingerprinting is only for Monroe residents or an employee needing fingerprints for employment in Monroe. Click here for more fingerprint info.  

Monroe Police Officers can be hired to work outside employment (private duty) for traffic control, security patrol, crowd control, and other assignments deemed appropriate and consistent with the policies and procedures of the Monroe Police Department. Please contact the police department at 203-452-2830 to hire a police officer.

The Records Division will perform local criminal record checks for residents of the Town of Monroe. There is a $5.00 fee for this service. These checks will only be for the Town of Monroe. For a check of State of Connecticut criminal records you must contact the Connecticut State Police Bureau of Identification.

You can contact the Records Unit at 203-452-2832 and request a copy of a report. It will be held for you at the Communications Center counter which is open 24 hours a day if you are unable to pick it up during regular business hours. The fee for a report is $.50 per page. For more information click here: Records Unit

The Monroe Police Department does not train our officers to use chokeholds or strangleholds. A chokehold or a stranglehold is also considered a deadly use of force and would only be permitted as a last resort in a situation where deadly force is warranted.

All Monroe Police Officers are trained in de-escalation training. It is a part of the Connecticut Police Officers Standards and Training counsel curriculum and has been for several years. Deescalation is incorporated into our practical skills training and our policies. In addition to that, we’ve sent nearly every officer and dispatcher to Crisis Intervention Training through the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement (CABLE).

When a Monroe Police officer is hired, they take the Oath of Office and swear that they will serve honestly and faithfully the State of Connecticut and the Constitution of the United States. We understand that we are a symbol of public faith and trust. The Monroe Police Department's general orders demand that an officer take action to prevent a crime from continuing, which includes an assault by another officer. Any Monroe Police officer who observes another officer using force that is clearly beyond that which is objectively reasonable under the circumstances, if in a position to do so, has the duty to intercede to prevent the use of unreasonable force and report their observations to a supervisor

The concept of the Use of Force Continuum has evolved from its origins and is no longer considered the best practice in law enforcement. The use of force continuum implies that a given incident follows a linear pattern where, if one level of force doesn’t work, the officer moves to the next level of force. Unfortunately, interactions don’t always work that way and can shift back and forth during the course of a single interaction. Our officers are trained to use the level of force that is objectively reasonable at the given time in the interaction and to constantly reassess to see if a lesser level of force would be feasible to safely effect an arrest and overcome resistance.

Shooting at a moving vehicle is prohibited unless the officer reasonably believes that there are no other means available to avert the threat of a vehicle, such as the vehicle being used in a ramming attack, or if the occupants of the vehicle are using or threatening to use deadly force against the officer or another person present. That being said, it is our policy, and State law, that our officers do not intentionally position themselves in the path of a fleeing vehicle so as to create a threat to the officer.

Monroe Police officers are trained to use all available measures to de-escalate a situation before resorting to any amount of reasonable force. Discharging a firearm is considered a deadly use of force and should only be used as a last resort. Our training ingrains the value of human life into our officers. They know, and understand, that there is always a danger of injuring an innocent person when firing a weapon, and every officer is admonished to always use the utmost caution in such cases.

The Monroe Police Department has long required our officers to report every incident where force is used. Every incident involving force is investigated to see if the use of force was necessary and if the appropriate level of force was used. We have body-worn cameras and in-car cameras to assist in our investigation of the use of force. We also submit use-of-force reports annually to the State of Connecticut which are reviewed and critiqued for potential patterns or incidents of excessive force.

Monroe Police officers are required to give a verbal warning before the use of a firearm is deployed where such a warning is feasible under the circumstance.