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    (2/6/2008) Strong Work in Internal Investigations Demonstrates Department’s Commitment to a more Transparent and Admirable Force

    NEW HAVEN- In a news conference today, Police Chief Francisco Ortiz announced that Detective Clarence Willoughby, a 24-year veteran of the force, had been arrested and charged with four counts of Larceny in the Second Degree, four counts of Forgery in the Second Degree and two counts of False Statement in the Second Degree.

    “We have over 400 honorable and dedicated members of this department that do great work on our streets each and every day,” said Ortiz. “It’s important that our residents understand that we won’t tolerate this type of conduct and that we will weed out individuals who do not meet the ethics and standards of this department. In the last year we’ve identified four individuals who don’t deserve to serve this community. This is an opportunity to reiterate what we expect of a New Haven Police officer and what actions are simply unacceptable.”

    The investigation began after Ortiz ordered an internal audit of the case preparation expenditure funds. An Internal Affairs investigation revealed that Willoughby misappropriated confidential informant funds and forged official police / public documents. Captain Joann Peterson, who heads the Internal Affairs Department, and her team, conducted an extensive investigation that led to a warrant for Willoughby’s arrest.

    “Willoughby’s behavior was egregious and is not acceptable,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “We expect so much more from members of our department. I applaud Chief Ortiz’s initiative and the good work of Captain Joann Peterson and the Internal Values and Ethics team in uncovering this situation and making sure that justice is served.”


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

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