Staffing levels restored


Joseph Crisco
Joseph Crisco

HARTFORD — State Senator Joseph Crisco, Jr. (D-17) welcomed a decision to return all state police barracks to being open around-the-clock.

Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora Schriro restored the round-the-clock service last month. Her policy reverses part of a decision by her predecessor to consolidate police barracks and dispatching.

“I’m very happy with the commissioner’s decision,” said Crisco in a press release. “I was against the consolidation when it was first proposed and am happy to see that the department’s new leadership recognizes how important it is to have barracks open beyond normal business hours. This is a good step toward ensuring public safety across Connecticut, and I’m grateful to the commissioner for her wise choice.”

Under the consolidation, dispatchers were moved to a consolidated location and the troopers who had previously accompanied them were sent on the road. This meant that barracks were closed at night and on weekends, the release stated. The move impacted five barracks in the state.