police | Department profile

The Westport police department pulled over 5382 drivers and had a disparity score of 0.5 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.

Westport officers pulled over minorities at a lower rate compared to officers statewide: 22 percent of drivers stopped by Westport 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 Westport officers is 8 percent minority and 92 percent white.

White
Minority

After dark, things change

Minorities made up 29 percent of daylight-hour stops and 20 percent of stops when it was dark out.

Men pulled over more than women

Westport
55 percent of stopped drivers were men;
45 percent were women.
Statewide
63 percent of stopped drivers were men;
37 percent were women.

65% 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: 42 years old

The median age of drivers stopped by Westport officers was 42 years old. Statewide it was 36 years old.

Most drivers stopped were not local

Westport
  • 28 percent were residents of the town where they were pulled over;
  • 72 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

Westport 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
PSC20066
15% 446
PSC20079
37% 324
PSC20044
35% 254
PSC20011
35% 184
20066
15% 175
PSC20041
46% 156
20044
26% 140
PSC20006
33% 140
PSC20008
20% 138
PSC20012
16% 128
PSC20029
26% 125
PSC20033
14% 122
PSC20086
17% 115
PSC20049
9% 113
PSC20005
20% 110
20029
15% 107
20079
42% 101
PSC20021
35% 99
20006
27% 97
20041
40% 96
20086
17% 93
PSC20075
5% 88
PSC20050
11% 83
PSC20085
14% 80
20011
15% 79
PSC20078
21% 71
PSC20030
25% 71
20008
20% 71
PSC20064
13% 70
20050
10% 60
PSC20084
16% 57
PSC20002
28% 57
PSC20061
11% 56
20012
15% 52
PSC20009
14% 51
20021
26% 50
PSC20055
20% 49
20001
17% 42
20005
21% 42
PSC20023
5% 39
20030
21% 39
PSC20014
18% 38
20049
6% 36
PSC20080
6% 34
20023
9% 32
20009
6% 32
PSC20048
23% 31
20085
13% 31
20002
10% 30
PSC20081
20% 30
PSC20046
10% 30
PSC20018
31% 29
20064
7% 29
PSC20087
25% 28
20026
41% 27
20078
31% 26
20048
12% 25
PSC20072
36% 25
PSC20026
33% 24
20081
29% 24
20084
9% 23
20018
9% 23
PSC20070
17% 23
20014
14% 22
PSC20038
38% 21
20055
26% 19
20080
12% 17
PSC20001
0% 17
20075
0% 17
PSC20062
12% 17
PSC20076
33% 15
20059
7% 14
20070
23% 13
20035
20% 10
20062
0% 10
PSC20059
25% 8
20046
14% 7
PSC20035
14% 7
20072
50% 6
PSC20043
17% 6
PSC20045
20% 5
PSC20003
40% 5
20061
25% 4
20076
75% 4
PSC20017
25% 4
20045
33% 3
20043
33% 3
PSC20053
50% 2
14
0% 2
PSC20016
0% 2
PSC200
0% 2
20053
0% 1
PSC20056
0% 1
20047
% 1
PSC20099
0% 1
PSC20015
0% 1
20004
0% 1
20071
0% 1
PSC20040
0% 1
PSC20037
0% 1
29
0% 1
20016
0% 1
PSC20039
0% 1
PSC20013
0% 1
200001
0% 1
20074
0% 1
PSC20000
0% 1
PSC20071
% 1
20000
0% 1
PSC20063
0% 1
PSC20069
0% 1