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State Withdraws Appeal Over Trooper Staffing

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State Police Union emblem at union headquarters in East Hartford. (Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer)

State Police Union emblem at union headquarters in East Hartford. (Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s attorney general has withdrawn an appeal of a court decision that found the administration was required to keep a minimum level of state troopers.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office says their appeal was rendered moot by recent state legislation. The law passed last year eliminated the requirement to have at least 1,248 troopers while officials determine how many police are needed.

The state police union sued the state in 2011 because it wasn’t adhering to the 1988 law.
Union president Andrew Matthews said Friday the withdrawal is a victory for public safety and the union is considering further legal action.

The 1998 law was spurred mostly by the killing of a woman Chaplin that year and how long it took state police to respond.

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