police | Department profile

The Fairfield police department pulled over 7859 drivers and had a disparity score of 3.5 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.

Fairfield officers pulled over minorities at a higher rate compared to officers statewide: 33 percent of drivers stopped by Fairfield 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 Fairfield officers is 10 percent minority and 90 percent white.

White
Minority

After dark, things change

Minorities made up 35 percent of daylight-hour stops and 32 percent of stops when it was dark out.

Men pulled over more than women

Fairfield
62 percent of stopped drivers were men;
38 percent were women.
Statewide
63 percent of stopped drivers were men;
37 percent were women.

60% 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 Fairfield officers was 37 years old. Statewide it was 36 years old.

Most drivers stopped were not local

Fairfield
  • 24 percent were residents of the town where they were pulled over;
  • 76 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

Fairfield 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
100000734
47% 914
100000703
27% 595
100000731
19% 499
100000179
31% 447
100000806
39% 402
100000711
22% 396
100000432
26% 395
100000168
32% 332
100000178
54% 311
100000822
40% 275
100000825
27% 204
100000707
43% 201
100000408
11% 173
100000431
32% 149
100000873
55% 143
100000736
35% 118
100000171
25% 116
100000904
28% 113
100000702
39% 109
100000333
17% 107
100000872
38% 105
100000755
32% 95
100000110
28% 89
100000808
33% 84
100000103
20% 80
100000336
33% 79
100000735
36% 75
100000159
45% 73
100000120
37% 68
100000122
19% 62
100000089
15% 61
100000853
23% 61
100000170
26% 58
100000854
38% 58
100000712
63% 57
100000725
35% 57
100000155
33% 55
100000666
13% 54
100000498
51% 47
100000852
48% 46
100000146
13% 32
100000812
34% 32
100000112
35% 26
100000358
12% 25
100000339
40% 25
100000096
38% 21
100000121
29% 21
100000546
14% 21
100000134
35% 20
100000093
15% 20
100000127
37% 19
100000071
53% 19
100000083
44% 18
100000142
41% 17
100000630
35% 17
100000181
27% 15
100000187
47% 15
100000733
23% 13
100000357
69% 13
100000137
20% 10
100000167
20% 10
100000088
22% 9
100000570
38% 8
100000337
33% 6
100000480
0% 6
100000144
0% 6
100000130
20% 5
100000125
0% 5
100000559
20% 5
100000105
80% 5
100000479
25% 4
100000139
0% 4
100000092
25% 4
100000359
25% 4
100000143
33% 3
100000091
50% 2
100000169
0% 1
100000087
0% 1
100000124
0% 1
100000173
0% 1
100000184
0% 1
100000547
0% 1
100000135
0% 1
100000128
0% 1
100000115
% 1
100000455
0% 1
100000908
% 1