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Nearly 8 months after the attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, it’s important to remember what police officers endured while defending our democracy.

It will take some time and examination to determine exactly how the new laws that the state legislature passed will impact police officers.

Organized labor’s determination to help essential workers who were made sick on the job by COVID-19 has led to the creation of the Connecticut Essential Workers COVID-19 Assistan

AFSCME Advantage provides a wealth of free and discounted services to our members. Our national union offers everything from the AFSCME Free College program to discounts for automobiles, travel and leisure, wireless services to help with your mortgage, insurance needs and much more.

Click here to learn more about the AFSCME Advantage.

On May 18, 2021, Plainville Police Officer Brian Cybulski was killed in a motorcycle accident. Brian was a dedicated member of AFSCME Local 1706.

Here is the statement from the Plainville Police Department:

"It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Plainville Police Officer Brian Cybulski.

Council 4 AFSCME Executive Leadership commented on the tragic death of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick:

"Officer Brian Sicknick was 42 years old, a military veteran who served two overseas tours in the war on terror. He then served in the US Capitol Police for 12 years. He made the ultimate sacrifice, this week, protecting legislators and essential workers inside our Nation’s Capitol. Many other Officers were crushed and beaten by a violent mob. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Sicknick and the officers who are still recovering."

Dec. 1, 2020 – Testifying before the Logistics Subcommittee of the Police Transparency and Accountability Task Force, Council 4 representatives called for changes to the police accountability bill that went into effect Oct. 1, 2020.

Sgt. Jeff Reimer, President of the East Windsor Police Union and Chairman the Council 4 Public Safety Committee, and Council 4 Staff Representative-Attorney Lorin Dafoe spoke before the subcommittee. They highlighted problems and flaws with the bill that the legislature should fix in the 2021 General Assembly.

Please help Bridgeport Police Officer Michael Stanitis of AFSCME Local 1159 by contributing to a GoFundMe fundraiser.

This fundraiser was created to help Ofc. Stanitis and his family out during this time of need. He was unjustly fired by the Bridgeport Police Commission on Oct. 22, 2020. 

July 30, 2020

Dear AFSCME Police Union Presidents:

Unfortunately, the police accountability bill (HB 6004) passed both chambers of the Connecticut legislature. Governor Lamont is expected to sign it into law on July 31.

(Click here for Council 4's analysis of HB 6004.)

Several members of Council 4 affiliated police unions shared their concerns and opposition to many of the components of HB 6004, the so-called police accountability bill raised for hearing by the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee on July 27.

East Windsor Police Sgt. Jeffrey Reimer, who chairs Council 4's Public Safety Committee, provided detailed testimony that outlined our unions' collective concerns, including:

During Law Enforcement Week (May 10-16), our union honored public safety officers who died on the job while recognizing the unique role that first responders like AFSCME law enforcement members play during times of crisis.