Posted on March 23, 2022
Rutigliano and Devlin Push to Fund Operation Wingspan
Helping Trumbull and Surrounding Towns Fight Car Theft
TRUMBULL- State Reps. David Rutigliano (R-123) and Laura Devlin (R-134) submitted testimony Friday in support of continued funding for Operation Wingspan a law enforcement program to assist in the recovery of stolen vehicles.
The Trumbull legislators submitted the legislation after talking with Trumbull Police Chief Michael Lombardo and hearing about the successes the program was having in stopping and deterring auto thefts.
Operation Wingspan was established as a pilot program using COVID-19 Relief Funds in September 2021 to address rising car thefts in our state. Through the program, police work collaboratively to identify stolen vehicles and prevent escalating crimes. The program operates out of the Bridgeport Command Center and is a cooperative effort between regional police forces and the FBI.
Chief Michael Lombardo earlier last year held a press conference saying that they are seeing a deterrent effect with the crimes being solved. A very high percentage of cars are being recovered.
Trumbull, Monroe, Bridgeport, Stratford, Fairfield, Newtown and Westport currently all participating in the Operation Wingspan program.
“The passage of this bill is an important step in providing local police officers with the resources necessary to continue this effective program. In the face of rising crime rates especially automobile related, our police officers have made innumerable efforts to ensure that residents feel safe within their communities. Such efforts, however, are only made possible by providing our police officers with the funding and resources necessary to perform their jobs,” said Rep. Rutigliano.
Rep. Devlin said, “The demonstrated results of Operation Wingspan are impressive and meaningful. Passage of the bill will ensure that this program can continue at its full operating capability to intercept crimes and help improve public safety.
The legislation House Bill 5074 received a public hearing in the Appropriations Committee on March 18 and now awaits committee action.