HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Trooper Andy Matthews was with other troopers from the Connecticut State Police Union in a meeting at the State Labor Relations on Thursday. They were told that at least five troopers will be laid off. Originally, the number was as high as 160 between state police and civilians.
“What we asked to clarify was with that number, is it possible that number could increase and they said yes it is possible,” he said.
Matthews says when they came out of the meeting and heard the number five, they emphasized caution. The last round of layoffs in 2011 came in waves six weeks apart. They are telling their membership to hold fast, but is difficult for them to do.
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“Right now, we have troopers calling us repeatedly, worrying whether they are going to be laid off, whether they can pay their mortgage and feed their family. That’s pretty disappointing. People dedicate their lives and are willing to give their life for the state.”
Matthew says every time the budget is in trouble, they take more troopers and the numbers are starting to add up.
“Just before Governor Malloy took office, we were at 1283 troopers in 2009. We are 252 troopers fewer than we were from that point. It is dangerous for our troopers and for the public.”
The State Police Union did bring forward several ways to save money without sacrificing jobs. They hope with their measures it will not be necessary to cut the five positions.