Monday, August 16, 2010
HOW THE ROBLES INVESTIGATION GOT STARTED
Although the Hector Robles report was posted here a few days ago, it might be interesting to some to see how the investigation actually began.
A short time before August 13, 2009, Lieutenant Paul Ciesinski, was promoted to the rank of Captain and was assigned as the commander for the Southeast District. Ciesinski in his review of his newly assigned area apparently looked at the performance of the personnel assigned to the Southeast area of the City.
As part of that review he checked into the performance, or lack thereof, of Officer Hector Robles who was assigned as the Community Service Officer for the South Meadows area.
Prior to being promoted to Captain, Ciesinski was assigned as the Lieutenant in charge of HPD's Internal Affairs division. A thorough review was conducted of Robles's performance and it looks like red flags were shooting up in every direction.
Ciesinski's internal memo to Deputy Chief Paul Hammick is posted below, it makes for some very interesting reading. Although Ciesinski was new to the district, it raises some very serious issues regarding the level of supervision before his arrival. Is Captain Ciesinski's memo the first time anyone noticed Robles's performance?
Also included is the Department's advocate, Lt. Bernier's recommendation for "termination of employment as a Hartford Police Officer"
Ciesinski's Robles Memo
Robles Advocate's Report