Norwalk Connecticut Police Department
|Agency||Norwalk Connecticut Police Department|
|Dates of Service||December 28, 2015. - October 15, 2021.|
|Last Known Status||Resigned|
2020 Dereliction of Duty
During the overnight shift on October 9-10, 2020, Laudano and Officer Michael DiMeglio were on duty while drinking with a friend. Laudano used a THC vape pen.
Laudano received a call to respond to a panic alarm, but first drove with the friend and a baby to a liquor store to buy more beer before dropping the civilians at a restaurant.
DiMeglio, Laudano, and the friend met up in a school parking lot to continue drinking for at least two hours.
Laudano was called to respond to a noise complaint. She cleared the call, telling dispatchers that she was unable to locate the suspects. Her vehicle's GPS showed that she had not left the school. The reporting party had never been contacted by police.
Later in the shift, police dispatchers attempted to reach Laudano by radio and cell phone. When she did not respond, they tracked the GPS in her police cruiser to a hotel, where they found DiMeglio and Laudano who were "not in a condition to respond to calls for service".
DiMeglio and Laudano were placed on administrative leave.
An internal investigaton found that DiMeglio and Laudano had "betrayed the public trust".
On January 5, 2021, DiMeglio and Laudano were charged with second-degree larceny and second-degree reckless endangerment. Laudano was also charged with risk of injury to a minor.
On March 10, 2021, DiMeglio and Laudano were decertified by the state's Police Officer Standards and Training Council, which prevents them from working as police officers in the state.
On October 7, 2021, a judge denied Laudano's request to enter an accelerated rehabilitation program, which could have led to the charges being dropped.
On October 15, 2021, DiMeglio and Laudano resigned.
On April 21, 2022, Laudano pleaded guilty to sixth-degree larceny and second-degree reckless endangerment. She will pay $1,000 in fines. Laudano will be ineligible to recertify as an officer in the state.
- ↑ 2020 Annual Report, Norwalk Police Department, 2020
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Pat Tomlinson, Former Norwalk officer pleads guilty to reduced charges, won’t be allowed to recertify as police officer, Stamford Advocate, 2022-03-24
- ↑ Sara Laudano, Police Department - Police Officer, City of Norwalk, govSalaries
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Pat Tomlinson, Warrant: CT police officers were drinking and driving, ignoring service calls, CT Insider, 2021-01-06
- ↑ Pat Tomlinson, Officers accused of drinking on duty resign from Norwalk PD, The Hour, 2021-10-19
- ↑ Richard Chumney, Ex-Norwalk cops decertified after probe found they ‘betrayed the public trust,’ documents show, The Hour, 2022-03-17
- ↑ Pat Tomlinson, Second Norwalk officer accused of drinking on duty denied pretrial probation program, Stamford Advocate, 2021-10-07
- ↑ Pat Tomlinson, [https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Remorseful-former-Norwalk-officer-pleads-17117461.php ‘Remorseful’ former Norwalk officer pleads guilty to reduced charges, can’t recertify as police officer', Stamford Advocate, 2022-04-21
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