Alex Relyea: Danbury cop involved in shootings has record of decorations and complaints
DANBURY — Officer Alex Relyea has been the subject of both department decorations and complaints in his four years with the Danbury Police Department.
Before joining Danbury, Relyea was a police officer for two years in New Milford, where disciplinary records were not immediately available. The town’s personnel director said he was not aware of any discipline action against Relyea.
In 2015 Relyea received the Meritorious Citation for arresting three suspects linked to burglaries
In 2017 he was awarded a Unit Citation for arresting a man accused of threatening people with a loaded gun
On April 11, 2017, Relyea and another officer launched a half-mile car chase after a driver sped away that Relyea was trying to stop. Relyea and the other officer were cited for violating the department’s pursuit policy, “as simple motor vehicle violations are not a permitted reason to initiate a pursuit.” Relyea received counseling.
On June 10, 2017, a Danbury woman complained that when she arrived at a neighbors’ dispute that Relyea was investigating, Relyea ran a police background check on her name. An internal investigation cleared Relyea, saying he did not violate any policy or procedure.
On Sept. 12, 2017, a Danbury man complained that Relyea lied about a license plate light being broken when Relyea pulled him over. An internal investigation found Relyea was within his rights but “he should have stated the (stop) was for investigative purposes, and not a broken license plate light.”
On Feb. 15, 2018, a Ridgefield woman complained that Relyea and another officer detained her improperly and were rude and threatening to her. An internal investigation aided by video from an officer’s headset camera concluded the complaint was unfounded, and exonerated both officers.