police | Department profile

The Danbury police department pulled over 5319 drivers and had a disparity score of 2.0 out of 9, indicating "significant" disparities in the department's traffic stop practices.

CCSU researchers designed a series of measures to score police departments based on how much stopping practices varied from the state average, as well as gaps between population and stops to identify racial disparity. A point was assigned to a department for every threshold exceeded. Scores range from zero to nine. Zero indicates no sign of disparity. Any score higher than zero indicates some degree of disparity. In this list, any department without a red circle had a zero score. Scores are based in part on the racial makeup of the estimated driving population in towns. Some departments, such as university police departments at Yale and the CSCU schools, do not correspond to towns and do not have scores.

Danbury officers pulled over minorities at a higher rate compared to officers statewide: 36 percent of drivers stopped by Danbury officers were minorities, compared with 31 percent statewide.

Who's on the road, and who gets stopped

The estimated driving population in the area patrolled by Danbury officers is 39 percent minority and 61 percent white.

White
Minority

After dark, things change

Minorities made up 46 percent of daylight-hour stops and 34 percent of stops when it was dark out.

Men pulled over more than women

Danbury
60 percent of stopped drivers were men;
40 percent were women.
Statewide
63 percent of stopped drivers were men;
37 percent were women.

19% let off with a warning

On a 100% scale, this chart shows how many drivers were let go with written or verbal warnings or received an infraction, a misdemeanor summons or were arrested.

Median driver's age: 37 years old

The median age of drivers stopped by Danbury officers was 37 years old. Statewide it was 36 years old.

Most drivers stopped were not local

Danbury
  • 19 percent were residents of the town where they were pulled over;
  • 81 percent were non-residents.
Statewide
  • 28 percent were residents;
  • 72 percent were non-residents.

Speed is often a factor

Across the state, speeding was the most common reason for pulling drivers over. Cell phone violations, defective lights and tinted windows were other reasons listed in the data.

Searches are rare

This chart shows the percentage of all stops that involved officers searching vehicles driven by white and minority drivers.

When stops occurred, by hour, weekday and month

Danbury officer profiles

Select an officer from the table below to see how their stop patterns compare with the department and the state. Officer data is anonymized, with a department-provided ID instead of a name. The bars indicate the percentage the officer's total stops that involved minority drivers. Note that some officers reported very few stops, so this list is sorted by the total number of stops each officer reported.

OfficerMinority stops%Stops
10502
21% 1316
10453
46% 960
10482
31% 821
10606
44% 226
10438
42% 226
10581
38% 124
1000503
50% 121
10564
27% 110
1000473
64% 107
10547
38% 86
10525
38% 78
10573
33% 78
10633
51% 67
10561
30% 63
10627
36% 59
10550
43% 56
10628
58% 50
10604
49% 49
10559
9% 46
10620
29% 42
1000504
54% 41
10572
51% 39
10585
35% 37
10631
46% 35
1000546
45% 31
10605
55% 29
10504
50% 26
10616
54% 24
10626
61% 23
1000545
52% 21
1000543
50% 20
10630
44% 18
10483
35% 17
10560
59% 17
10601
13% 16
10598
29% 14
10553
36% 14
1000493
43% 14
10621
57% 14
10582
71% 14
1000505
54% 13
10614
42% 12
1000502
45% 11
1000544
73% 11
10576
50% 10
10611
40% 10
10568
33% 9
10622
89% 9
10594
44% 9
10451
50% 8
10625
60% 5
10595
40% 5
10492
20% 5
10586
25% 4
10597
0% 4
10488
25% 4
10523
25% 4
10566
33% 3
10575
67% 3
10439
0% 3
1000563
% 3
10532
33% 3
10434
33% 3
10610
0% 2
10522
50% 2
10551
50% 2
10580
0% 1
10599
% 1
10607
0% 1
10507
0% 1
10519
% 1
10499
% 1
10515
% 1
10591
% 1
10609
% 1
10556
0% 1
10426
0% 1
10629
0% 1
10531
% 1