Private Dicks In Stratford


Sec. 7-283. Employment of private detectives. No municipal corporation shall employ private detectives in the investigation or detection of crime at an expense of more than five hundred dollars unless a specific appropriation therefor has been made, nor unless the authorities thereof have first applied to the state police for assistance in such investigation and waited a reasonable time for said state police to act. Any municipal official who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars and shall be liable to such municipality in a civil action for the amount expended in excess of such sum as has been appropriated for such investigation.
(1949 Rev., S. 664; P.A. 77-614, S. 486, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136.)
History: P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 made state police a division within the department of public safety rather than a separate department, effective January 1, 1979.
Cited. 104 C. 15.

Sec. 29-152u. Definitions. As used in this chapter:

(4) “Private detective” means any person engaged in the business of, or advertising as engaged in the business of (A) investigating crimes or civil wrongs, (B) investigating the location, disposition or recovery of property, (C) investigating the cause of accidents, fire damage or injuries to persons or to property, except persons performing bona fide engineering services, (D) providing the personal protection of individuals, (E) conducting surveillance activity, (F) conducting background investigations, or (G) securing evidence to be used before a court, board, officer or investigation committee;

Sec. 29-153. Private detective license required. No person shall engage in the business of, or solicit business as a private detective or make representations to be or advertise as a private detective or as furnishing detective or investigating services without first obtaining a license from the Commissioner of Public Safety.

Sec. 29-161. Penalties. Regulations. (a) Any person who violates any provision of sections 29-153 to 29-161, inclusive, shall be fined not more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year or both. The commissioner may establish, by regulation, civil penalties for violations of sections 29-153 to 29-161, inclusive, but no such penalty shall be more than five thousand dollars. No person who violates any provision of section 29-153 shall be eligible to apply for a license for two years. Any experience accrued while operating without being licensed will not be counted to the requirements as outlined in section 29-154a.

Why are we posting this?

From The Stratford Star:

Fire chief gets disability pension
Written by John Kovach
Friday, January 30, 2009

“Outside counsel Arthur Laske of Laske Brown LLC of Fairfield, retained by the town to investigate the case, opined Nov. 20 that the process toward purchasing a new fire truck was “sufficiently flawed as to prevent any recommendation from the review committee from being upheld by a court, should any such review take place.”

From American Federation of

“The improper outsourcing of an Internal Affairs Investigation, involving the Mayor’s brother, has furthered this campaign. For the first time in the history of this department an internal investigation has been handled by outside investigators.
Attorney John Kelly and Attorney Robert Tolomeo handled the investigation. They are known, long time associates of Chief Buturla. We feel that as a result the improper outsourcing of the investigation, and the relationship between the investigators and Chief Buturla, the investigation did not have the impartiality that it required.”

By doing nothing, the Council has permitted the Gestapo-like used of private investigators to harass and persecute Town employees and Stratford residents. This is an unconscionable use of our tax dollars.

In addition to the use of unlicensed private detectives, John Buturla has also used his influence and acquaintance with Colonel Davoren of the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crimes Unit to ferret out the identity of the citizen who took the picture of Deputy Thief Loschiavo’s unregistered illegally parked car.

The Council should immediately file a civil lawsuit against Miron/Buturla to recover the tens of thousands of dollars of our money used to pay for these illegal investigations. Further, John Buturla should either resign or face termination immediately for participation in these illegal acts.


2 Responses to “Private Dicks In Stratford”

  1. 1 sudds

    When you wish upon a star…..

    Do you really think that the spineless/toothless bunch of individuals who comprise our Town Council are going to do ANYTHING about this???

    And why should they? The Republican majority on the Council knows that their candidate is a shoe-in for mayor come November… so why set any precidence (Sp?) now???

  2. 2 jezebel282


    “Do you really think that the spineless/toothless bunch of individuals who comprise our Town Council are going to do ANYTHING about this???”

    I’d put it in the category of “not likely”. SOME of them want to be re-elected and at least their opponents can use this information.

    Also the next mayor will need this when it comes time (13 Dec, 2009) to fire John Buturla.

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