Taxpayers helped pay for the new Hamden police station, and according to mayor Scott Jackson, they also paid three officers who slacked off at work.
“I don’t like wasting my money,” said Hamden resident George Palmer.
“Obviously it's a serious issue,” mayor Scott Jackson said.
Jackson says the police chief brought it to his attention this spring.
“Essentially they were taking unscheduled breaks instead of doing traffic enforcement or something like that, they were taking unscheduled breaks,” Jackson said.
He says it was going on for a matter of weeks, when the police chief confronted the officers.
“They acknowledged their mistakes and they did what doesn't always happen, which was they said 'you know what that's wrong we acknowledge it and we'll accept without further discussion the punishment that you've issued',” Jackson said.
They took a suspension without pay, and now they’re back at work.
Jackson says he wants his stakeholders to know this is unusual.
“I'm proud of our officers,” he said. “I'm proud of their ability to handle very dangerous circumstances and this is an aberration. It's an aberration.”
The neighbors News 8 spoke to agree.
“One of my granddaughters had a run in and the police were able to satisfy her completely,” Palmer said.
“There's a procedure to go by, it sounds like they did the procedure. So, it's ok with me,” said resident Wayne Roundtree.
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