Public Safety, Department of

Agency Website

Statutory Authority

Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 29-1b

Agency History 

1977, Public Act 77-614

Established by merging the following entities:

State Police (est. 1903)
(for administrative purposes only, est. 1782)
Office of Civil Preparedness
(est. 1951),
Municipal Police Training Council
(est. 1965)
Connecticut Safety Commission
(est. 1937)
Board of Firearms Permit Examiners
(est. 1967)
State Commission on Demolition
(est. 1965)

2011, July 1, Public Act 11-51

Agency eliminated; all amusements and exhibitions functions are transferred to the Department of Consumer Protection; all weigh station functions transferred to the Department of Motor Vehicles

Published Histories/Articles

Brief history at the agency website.

Archived Department of Public Safety website as harvested by the Connecticut State Library, Connecticut Digital Archive

Agency Documents

Check the State Library catalog for availability of publications by the agency:

Annual Reports are located in:

[CSL Call Number ConnDoc P9617 anre]

Digest of Administrative Reports to the Governor. [CSL Call Number ConnDoc F40 d]
2002-, online version

State Archives Record Group : RG 161

List of Commissioners


Years of Service

Donald J. Long


Lester J. Forst


Bernard R. Sullivan


Nicholas Cioffi


Colonel Kenneth H. Kirschner


Dr. Henry C. Lee


Arthur L. Spada

2000 - Aug. 1, 2004

Col. Edward J. Lynch (Acting)

Aug. 1-16, 2004

Leonard C. Boyle

Aug. 16, 2004 -2007

John A. Danaher, III Apr. 11, 2007-2010
James M. Thomas (Acting) 2010-2011
Reuben F. Bradford 2011