police | Department profile

The Waterbury police department pulled over 2413 drivers and had a disparity score of 5.0 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.

Waterbury officers pulled over minorities at a higher rate compared to officers statewide: 56 percent of drivers stopped by Waterbury 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 Waterbury officers is 48 percent minority and 52 percent white.

White
Minority

After dark, things change

Minorities made up 71 percent of daylight-hour stops and 51 percent of stops when it was dark out.

Men pulled over more than women

Waterbury
67 percent of stopped drivers were men;
33 percent were women.
Statewide
63 percent of stopped drivers were men;
37 percent were women.

38% 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: 34 years old

The median age of drivers stopped by Waterbury officers was 34 years old. Statewide it was 36 years old.

Stopped at home?

Waterbury
  • 74 percent were residents of the town where they were pulled over;
  • 26 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

Waterbury 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
2273
60% 154
2103
38% 130
2098
68% 129
2182
41% 115
2034
34% 112
2087
72% 79
2146
57% 70
2387
71% 69
2385
48% 60
2092
51% 59
2380
45% 56
2216
76% 49
2007
64% 47
2126
26% 47
2384
60% 40
2037
66% 38
2109
29% 35
2233
79% 34
2231
31% 32
2288
47% 32
2063
57% 30
2041
50% 30
2240
83% 29
2232
43% 28
2281
70% 27
2048
64% 25
2141
65% 23
2225
35% 23
2047
68% 22
2057
71% 21
2136
76% 21
2137
80% 20
2235
65% 20
2223
74% 19
2025
53% 19
3102
47% 19
2284
67% 18
2173
28% 18
2210
72% 18
2390
76% 17
2391
71% 17
3109
41% 17
2379
63% 16
2179
33% 15
2224
73% 15
2114
47% 15
2052
47% 15
2171
67% 15
2145
64% 14
2236
57% 14
2097
77% 13
2270
54% 13
2108
62% 13
2167
85% 13
2392
83% 12
2084
58% 12
2044
64% 11
2259
64% 11
3100
82% 11
2019
64% 11
2237
% 11
2079
50% 10
2120
90% 10
2081
80% 10
2285
44% 9
2043
33% 9
2008
63% 8
2275
63% 8
2147
75% 8
2095
88% 8
2158
29% 7
2002
29% 7
2156
43% 7
3098
57% 7
3104
43% 7
2142
33% 6
2260
17% 6
2021
17% 6
2180
67% 6
3106
50% 6
3099
83% 6
2190
50% 6
2247
83% 6
2262
40% 5
3105
20% 5
2140
60% 5
3089
25% 4
2107
75% 4
2053
50% 4
2100
25% 4
2198
% 4
2045
% 4
2206
50% 4
2064
75% 4
2393
25% 4
2131
75% 4
2268
50% 4
2290
25% 4
2068
% 4
2257
% 3
2381
67% 3
2386
67% 3
2258
67% 3
3101
67% 3
3097
33% 3
2051
67% 3
2089
67% 3
2096
33% 3
2383
50% 2
3110
50% 2
2076
0% 2
2377
50% 2
2269
0% 2
2000
0% 2
2174
0% 2
2195
% 2
2078
0% 1
2249
0% 1
2266
0% 1
3084
0% 1
3108
% 1
2014
% 1
2016
% 1
2083
% 1
2191
0% 1
2010
% 1
TAYLO469
% 1
2134
% 1
2106
% 1
2011
% 1
2061
% 1
2219
0% 1
2228
0% 1
3103
% 1
2253
0% 1
2265
% 1
2133
% 1
2143
0% 1