police | Department profile

The Meriden police department pulled over 2706 drivers and had a disparity score of 6.5 out of 9, indicating 'consistent' 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.

Meriden officers pulled over minorities at a higher rate compared to officers statewide: 52 percent of drivers stopped by Meriden 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 Meriden officers is 35 percent minority and 65 percent white.

White
Minority

After dark, things change

Minorities made up 60 percent of daylight-hour stops and 48 percent of stops when it was dark out.

Men pulled over more than women

Meriden
63 percent of stopped drivers were men;
37 percent were women.
Statewide
63 percent of stopped drivers were men;
37 percent were women.

25% 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: 33 years old

The median age of drivers stopped by Meriden officers was 33 years old. Statewide it was 36 years old.

Stopped at home?

Meriden
  • 66 percent were residents of the town where they were pulled over;
  • 34 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

Meriden 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
191
48% 143
96
36% 109
243
48% 77
40
51% 69
75
56% 66
474
56% 62
103
63% 59
102
45% 56
252
51% 53
419
33% 52
391
52% 48
469
76% 46
236
77% 43
55
44% 41
32
34% 41
458
43% 40
8
48% 40
199
71% 38
479
57% 37
70
49% 37
93
40% 35
246
57% 35
461
56% 34
30
48% 33
202
52% 33
477
59% 32
457
61% 31
443
52% 31
112
48% 31
464
73% 30
478
43% 30
480
57% 30
48
50% 30
239
55% 29
416
46% 26
250
65% 26
434
64% 25
248
56% 25
118
60% 25
192
60% 25
73
40% 25
53
63% 24
427
52% 23
109
50% 22
467
67% 21
411
50% 20
89
60% 20
189
50% 20
47
80% 20
119
53% 19
245
63% 19
181
21% 19
110
56% 18
104
50% 18
476
76% 17
237
59% 17
51
31% 16
253
44% 16
117
44% 16
42
33% 15
68
60% 15
41
36% 14
65
36% 14
357
58% 12
454
92% 12
107
50% 12
174
58% 12
60
25% 12
105
25% 12
475
73% 11
381
64% 11
123
18% 11
473
64% 11
364
30% 10
247
60% 10
100
60% 10
101
70% 10
108
40% 10
349
67% 9
460
44% 9
428
44% 9
429
78% 9
180
56% 9
16
56% 9
430
63% 8
482
75% 8
90
38% 8
49
63% 8
26
50% 8
459
57% 7
415
43% 7
444
57% 7
409
29% 7
77
0% 7
256
71% 7
369
50% 6
449
67% 6
426
67% 6
431
83% 6
413
83% 6
481
83% 6
113
67% 6
67
67% 6
94
50% 6
200
83% 6
197
33% 6
120
67% 6
432
20% 5
33
20% 5
106
80% 5
38
20% 5
57
% 5
136
75% 4
437
50% 4
360
75% 4
359
50% 4
451
75% 4
406
25% 4
45
25% 4
91
50% 4
85
75% 4
179
25% 4
97
50% 4
258
50% 4
79
50% 4
423
0% 3
388
67% 3
125
33% 3
472
33% 3
368
% 3
58
33% 3
193
33% 3
445
50% 2
403
0% 2
465
50% 2
379
50% 2
328
0% 2
344
50% 2
348
50% 2
396
50% 2
27
50% 2
7
% 2
116
50% 2
330
% 1
394
0% 1
385
0% 1
456
0% 1
404
0% 1
397
% 1
407
0% 1
390
% 1
4747
0% 1
313
% 1
363
0% 1
452
0% 1
414
0% 1
463
% 1
447
0% 1
410
% 1
420
% 1
412
% 1
401
0% 1
442
0% 1
145
0% 1
433
% 1
74
0% 1
95
% 1
173
% 1
64
0% 1
59
0% 1
86
0% 1
122
0% 1
54
0% 1
115
% 1