Connecticut Gov. Steps Up to Take Down Excessive Use of Force by Police

May 01 2018

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy joins the Center for Policing Equity (CPE) on Wednesday, May 2nd to announce Connecticut as the first full state in the nation to make a state-wide commitment to reducing use of force and bias in law enforcement. Governor Malloy will encourage all police departments throughout Connecticut will provide data to CPE’s National Justice Database, the largest compilation of police data in the nation. Governor Malloy and Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, president and cofounder of CPE will be on hand to discuss the partnership and the first-of-its kind database.  


  • Governor Dannel Malloy, Connecticut
  • Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, President and Cofounder, Center for Policing Equity
  • Police Chief John Gavallas Watertown, CT

*Three police chiefs from Connecticut will be in attendance


Wednesday, May 2, 2018; 12:30 pm -1:00pm


The Grand Ballroom, The Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M Street, NW,  Washington, DC 20037


Criminal justice and policing reform is often implemented on a municipal scale as a city response to negative police-community interactions. Broader action, however, is needed. Connecticut will be the first state to officially recognize the need for a systemic and data-driven approach to the tension between law enforcement and the citizens they serve by participating in the National Justice Database.  Powered by Google, the NJD goes well beyond data collection to include analytics and customized solutions. The project brings police chiefs a significant step forward in being able to evaluate use of force and bias within their ranks and can help communities hold law enforcement accountable. HOW: Your coverage is invited, but one-on-one interviews must be scheduled in advance. Instructions on parking and logistics will be sent with a media confirmation.

Please contact Lauren E. Williams or Safiya Simmons at with any immediate questions.


About the Center for Policing Equity

The Center for Policing Equity is the nation’s leading think and action tank on racial justice and policing. In an era of political divisiveness and social unrest, CPE believes collaboration with law enforcement and communities is imperative. CPE has worked for 10 years to hold police and their communities accountable and build trust in cities and states across the country. By providing evidence-based analytic tools and up-to-date research, CPE’s work amplifies the need for a broader bipartisan movement for criminal justice reform.