Round-the-clock coverage to return to Conn. troops

State police Troop K in Colchester (File).


UPDATE From News 8’s Mark Davis: New Commissioner pulls plug on State Police troop consolidation. All districts will have full time service at all troops beginning tonight.

Troopers will still be dispatched from a single location in the western and eastern parts of the state but all barracks that had been unstaffed at night will now have staff on duty 24 hours a day.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s new public safety commissioner is expected to restore 24/7 service at all state police barracks.

Commissioner Dora Schriro is scheduled to announce her decision Monday morning.

Some barracks have been closing after normal business hours as part of a dispatch consolidation that was overseen by previous Commissioner Reuben Bradford, who retired last month. Bradford and state police officials said the consolidation was saving money and putting more troopers back on patrol.

State police Troop K in Colchester (File).
State police Troop K in Colchester (File).

But the state police union says the consolidation that began in 2012 has resulted in some 911 calls going unanswered, longer response times and some barracks being closed at times. Emergency call boxes were installed outside those barracks.

Schriro suspended further consolidations last month while she reviewed the initiative.

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