The State Capitol Police Department is committed to
community outreach programs directed toward the legislative
community in an effort to promote awareness and enhance
personal safety and well being, both in the Capitol complex
and in the world beyond. Educating the legislative
community about safety and security issues is of prime
concern to the department. During the 2011 calendar year,
the State Capitol Police Department presented eleven
programs to the legislative community. Examples of these
and other programs for 2012 include:
•An “Emergency Procedures and Active Threat” training
program provided to legislators and legislative employees.
This program provides information on making quick,
purposeful decisions in the event of a critical incident or
•An annual “Intruder Alert” exercise that simulates an
active armed intruder situation and tests the legislative
community’s response to the situation.
• A “Personal Safety” training program provided to female
legislators and female legislative employees. This program
provides necessary information to practice safe behaviors on
and off the Capitol complex by incorporating safety and
security practices into daily routines.
• A mandatory “Workplace Violence” training program for
legislators and legislative employees to assist them in
identifying, preventing and handling workplace violence.
•An “Identity Theft” awareness and prevention program
available to legislators and legislative employees to help
keep them from becoming victims of identity theft.
•An “Internet Safety” training program available to all
legislators and legislative employees. This comprehensive
program is designed to heighten awareness on protecting
yourself and your family from internet and technology
• A program for reporting “Suspicious Activity” accessible
to the legislative community on the intranet at http://cgalites/cop/
or publicly on the State Capitol Police internet website at
http://www.cga.ct.gov/cop/. The program can be
utilized to report
non-active suspicious activity in an open or
anonymous way. Active suspicious activity should always be
reported immediately to the State Capitol Police by
•An “Advisory Alert” program utilizing e-mail to send out
advisories to the legislative community concerning severe
weather, traffic disruption, police and emergency services
activity around the complex, and critical incidents.
•An “E-Mail Scam Alert” program which provides timely
alerts and information to the legislative community about
active email and phishing scams to prevent becoming a
•An “Escort” program which provides safety and security
escorts by uniformed State Capitol Police personnel to the
garages and parking areas for any member of the legislative
community requesting them. These escorts can be requested
by contact with any State Capitol Police officer or Security
Technician or by contacting the
•An “Emergency Warden” program that trains legislative
employees to assist in implementing emergency procedures and
building evacuations during an emergency situation.
•An “Overnight Parking” program that allows legislators and
legislative employees to utilize the legislative garages for
overnight parking. This program can be utilized by
Center and providing
information on the make, model, color, and license plate of
the vehicle and where it will be parked. By making this
notification, you can avoid being subject to parking
•A “Bicycle Safety” program presented to children within the
community. This program is presented by uniformed members
of the State Capitol Police Bicycle Patrol Unit.
•A “Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated
External Defibrillator (AED)” training program available to
all legislators and legislative employees to provide them
with the skills to deal with cardiac situations.
•A “Basic First Aid” training program available to all
legislators and legislative employees to provide them with
the skills to deal with basic first aid situations.
Additionally, the State Capitol Police Department maintains
and operates “Emergency Call Boxes” which are located
throughout the Capitol complex garages and parking areas.
These call boxes can be utilized by the community in
emergency or critical situations to directly communicate
with the State
Center to summon immediate
assistance. The department has completed a program of
heightening the visibility and awareness of these emergency
call boxes and fire alarm stations by installing them with
highly visible colored lights. Blue lights point to
emergency call boxes and red lights point to fire alarm
If you have any questions or comments concerning these
programs, please contact Sergeant Keith Zengel at
860-240-5218 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Sergeant Zengel also conducts a community service open forum
meeting for the legislative community on a quarterly basis.
meeting is open to all to address any concerns that have a
bearing on law enforcement, safety and security within the
Capitol complex and The Old State House. These meetings
work to enhance communication between the State Capitol
Police and the legislative community. Any concerns or
problems that are voiced during this forum will be
addressed. Notifications of the date, time, and location of
these meetings will be sent out by e-mail.
Individual awareness, cooperation, and involvement are
critical to the success of any safety and security program.
Everyone should assume responsibility for their own personal
safety and the safety of others by attending these and
similar programs, keeping informed about security risks, and
exercising safety-conscious behavior.