Elliot B. Spector

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Elliot Spector serves as a law enforcement expert for Hassett & George.  Elliot was a Hartford Police Officer from 1971 through 1980. Elliot’s practice concentrates on the representation of law enforcement officers and municipalities.  He also acts as a law enforcement advisor for police departments and individual officers on policy issues, critical incidents and law related questions.

The Spector Criminal Justice Training Network (www.spectortraining.org) is a non-profit organization created in the 1960s under a federal grant as The Connecticut Criminal Law Foundation.  Elliot and SCJTN instructors provide quality certified training to over 1,000 police officers each year.  Their goal is to improve the quality of law enforcement and security training and directly impact the officers’ ability to save lives, protect property, solve prevalent crimes, and provide a high level of service to the community.

Elliot has presented at many conferences on issues such as officer liability, use of force, search and seizure, technology and the law, racial profiling, emergency operation of vehicles, career survival, bias, civil rights and other law enforcement related issues.  He has also participated in task forces and committees for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Institute of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Agency, National Police Foundation, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Ethics Commission.

Elliot drafted the original State Policy on Handling Juveniles and contributed to the State’s first Domestic Violence model policy.  He conducted the Law Enforcement Television Network’s “Legal Update” series from 1998 to 2000.  Since 1987, Elliot has been responsible for updating the annual Connecticut Law Enforcement Officer’s Field Manual (The Red Book).  He has written numerous articles published by national magazines and journals on a wide variety of law enforcement issues. Elliot recently authored a book entitled Beyond Black Lives Matter – Building Trust Through Understanding.




  • University of Connecticut, J.D., 1981
  • University of Hartford, B.A., 1975
  • United States Air Force School of Military Science, Distinguished Graduate, 1972



  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court



  • International Association of Chiefs of Police, Legal Officers Section, Past-Chair
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police, Executive Board
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police Juvenile Justice Committee; Chair
  • Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, Legislative & Private Security Committees
  • Connecticut Council of Municipalities, Loss Prevention Committee and Law Enforcement Liability Committee
  • Connecticut Accreditation Commission
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee School/Police Task Group
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Sheriff’s Association
  • International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA)
  • Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association (NEOA)
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
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