Bridgeport cop cleared in Halloween party incident hired in Westport

Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas and new Westport Police Officer Stephen Silva

Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas and new Westport Police Officer Stephen Silva

Courtesy of the Westport Police Department

WESTPORT — Stephen Silva, a veteran of the Bridgeport Police Department, was sworn in Thursday as a member of the Westport Police Department.

Silva started his career in law enforcement in 2016 with the Bridgeport Police Department. During his time in Bridgeport, he worked in the patrol division, served as an acting detective, and was a member of the department’s honor guard.

While with the department, Silva was named in an internal investigation into a Oct. 21, 2017 incident in which 46 police officers descended on a pre-Halloween party at a Colorado Avenue home in response to a noise complaint. The complaint against Silva was dismissed last year.

Seventeen police officers and two civilian detention officers were named in the investigation, including Silva, who was accused of “failure to render medical attention.” The complaint alleged that he transported a partygoer who was “clearly injured” as a result of an arrest by other officers and failed to get that individual medical attention.

When asked about the incident, Westport Police spokesman Lt. Dave Wolf said an “exhaustive background investigation” was done into Silva and “found nothing that would disqualify Officer Silva from becoming a Westport officer and feel he will make an excellent addition to our department.”

In addition to working full time as a police officer, Silva is pursuing a degree in Emergency Management at Post University.

Silva comes from a family of law enforcement members. One brother is a detective with the Trumbull Police Department and another is a correction officer.