police | Department profile

The Norwalk police department pulled over 5333 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.

Norwalk officers pulled over minorities at a higher rate compared to officers statewide: 46 percent of drivers stopped by Norwalk 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 Norwalk officers is 41 percent minority and 59 percent white.

White
Minority

After dark, things change

Minorities made up 55 percent of daylight-hour stops and 40 percent of stops when it was dark out.

Men pulled over more than women

Norwalk
64 percent of stopped drivers were men;
36 percent were women.
Statewide
63 percent of stopped drivers were men;
37 percent were women.

31% 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 Norwalk officers was 37 years old. Statewide it was 36 years old.

Most drivers stopped were not local

Norwalk
  • 37 percent were residents of the town where they were pulled over;
  • 63 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

Norwalk 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
233
40% 510
100000194
31% 460
100000142
49% 259
284
19% 210
100000216
48% 207
173
40% 187
100000090
56% 182
100000288
48% 166
100000237
57% 158
100000308
47% 139
100000075
40% 131
100000299
38% 112
100000143
28% 111
100000232
72% 106
100000243
70% 90
100000283
58% 89
296
70% 84
329
50% 76
336
35% 75
100000193
50% 66
100000224
42% 65
100000168
45% 60
100000180
54% 59
100000134
44% 57
207
16% 55
100000279
59% 51
100000270
62% 50
100000281
56% 48
318
27% 48
100000219
67% 46
100000187
37% 46
100000298
44% 45
100000282
43% 44
100000277
77% 43
100000185
20% 41
100000306
29% 38
100000228
54% 37
100000140
54% 37
241
44% 36
431
59% 34
100000307
52% 33
100000206
24% 33
100000278
47% 30
100000305
52% 27
100000323
60% 25
100000201
42% 24
100000241
67% 24
100000177
57% 21
100000244
38% 21
100000236
57% 21
100000127
30% 20
100000223
45% 20
100000192
65% 20
100000106
65% 20
100000289
37% 19
100000070
47% 19
100000230
83% 18
100000200
39% 18
100000233
56% 18
100000218
72% 18
100000227
67% 18
100000182
41% 17
100000139
65% 17
100000321
47% 17
100000078
56% 16
100000273
63% 16
100000167
31% 16
169
47% 15
100000184
73% 15
100000174
54% 13
100000209
38% 13
100000183
69% 13
100000119
69% 13
248
62% 13
100000297
46% 13
100000240
92% 13
100000205
33% 12
322
75% 12
216
67% 12
100000217
45% 11
433
40% 10
100000226
56% 9
282
67% 9
307
78% 9
255
44% 9
100000322
56% 9
100000287
% 8
310
75% 8
100000136
14% 7
245
57% 7
100000089
14% 7
100000100
17% 6
100000124
17% 6
100000117
67% 6
224
50% 6
217
33% 6
231
33% 6
359
50% 6
100000235
0% 6
341
% 5
100000284
40% 5
238
0% 5
100000171
80% 5
222
40% 5
100000144
60% 5
360
25% 4
171
25% 4
100000181
50% 4
203
% 4
337
25% 4
100000186
67% 3
100000145
33% 3
100000208
67% 3
295
67% 3
184
67% 3
100000339
33% 3
252
50% 2
274
0% 2
100000073
% 2
100000272
% 2
177
50% 2
100000191
% 2
100000109
50% 2
288
0% 1
279
0% 1
333
0% 1
172
0% 1
204
% 1
430
0% 1
312
% 1
249
0% 1
100000131
0% 1
100000072
% 1
243
% 1
237
% 1
100000098
0% 1
260
% 1
199
0% 1
235
% 1
300
% 1
100000172
% 1
358
0% 1