DEEP deputy director arrested for impersonating a police officer and stopping a vehicle with young people

HARTFORD, Conn. (WFSB) – An assistant division director for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has been arrested for impersonating a police officer, according to Old Saybrook police.

On Tuesday, Richard Swan, 59, of Old Saybrook, was served with an arrest warrant.

Richard Swan, deputy director of DEEP's environmental protection division, was arrested on…
Richard Swan, deputy director of DEEP’s Environmental Protection Division, was arrested Tuesday for impersonating an officer, according to Old Saybrook police.(Old Saybrook Police)

Swan is the deputy director of the Connecticut Division of the Emergency Response Unit at DEEP.

The warrant accuses him of impersonating an officer.

Police said the arrest resulted from an investigation that revealed that on April 27, Swan used a Connecticut-issued DEEP vehicle equipped with red and blue emergency lights to stop and impound a vehicle operated by three minors under the age of 18. around 11 p.m

Police say that during the stop, Swan displayed his badge and then obtained the identifying information of the minors in the vehicle by asking for his driver’s license, which he later presented to officers.

During a telephone call to the Old Saybrook Police Department, he identified himself as a “DEEP officer.”

Police said Swan is not a POST-certified Connecticut State Police officer. They also said he did not have the authority at DEEP to stop motor vehicles.

“It is disturbing that an individual violated the community’s trust by impersonating a police officer and, even worse, in relation to minors,” said Chief Michael Spera of the Old Saybrook Police Department. “We will not tolerate this dangerous behavior at Old Saybrook and I fully support the victims’ pursuit of justice after their horrific experiences.”

Swan was held on $5,000 bail.

He was expected to bond and appear in Middletown Superior Court on June 11, 2024.