New Haven, CT – Veteran CT State Trooper Frederick “Fred” Abrams, 55, is suing the Connecticut Department of Public Safety (DPS) after being denied repeated assignment requests to work on the elite crime van unit division of the Connecticut State Troopers.
Abrams who joined the force in 1986, has over 25 years of service and experience. Promoted to detective in 1990 he was the youngest ever to do so at that time. He was assigned to Troop K as a member of the Eastern District Major Crimes Unit. He was on the fast track of career success.
In 1999 he began making requests to be reassigned to the “crime van” unit. Although the new assignment would leave the door open for additional overtime, the job itself does not pay extra. “After being passed over for years”, ultimately he was denied the assignment based upon his lack of “writing skills and a college degree” according to court documents. It should be noted that a college degree is not a requirement for the position. The fact is, Abrams himself has trained some of the individuals who were chosen over him. He also has more seniority.
In his performance evaluations over the years he was consistently rated “satisfactory, very good or superior” in all categories up for review. He has attended a multitude of specialty classes related to career enhanced knowledge and training in law enforcement. A 2010 performance review states, “His reports are well written, through, and require little or no correction.” In another the superior wrote “Det. Abrams’ attitude and work ethic are unique in today’s work force and he is considered an asset not only to the Eastern District Criminal Unit. But the State Police Department as well.”
He is recipient of numerous law enforcement and community awards. Still he was denied assignment to the crime van unit.
Around the water cooler, it’s been whispered; Abrams’ was denied because he did not “fit in”.
Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series. To view court documents Google: Frederick M. Abrams v. Department of Public Safety.