Brief: NHPD officer arrested on corruption charges awarded pension

Former New Haven Police Department Detective Clarence Willoughby, who was arrested and charged for larceny and forgery earlier this month, was granted a $58,541 annual pension Thursday.

The trustees of the Policemen and Firemen’s Pension Board voted six to one to allow Willoughby’s pension request, according to the New Haven Independent. The pension approval comes less than a week after an arbitrator ruled that the city could not fire Willoughby — the fourth NHPD officer to be implicated in corruption charges in less than a year — after he had already filed for retirement.

The Independent reported Thursday that Board of Police Commissioners Chairman Richard Epstein was the only person to cast a vote against Willoughby’s pension request.

Willoughby, who maintains his innocence, was charged with pocketing money from a police informant fund and forging public and private documents.

On Feb. 20, Willoughby pled not guilty to internal charges brought up against him by the NHPD.

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