Lawmakers Rap Malloy Over Trooper Consolidations

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Some lawmakers have criticized the consolidation of state trooper barracks and dispatching, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy insists the mergers are saving money.

The Journal Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/17Fi5dF ) that Rep. Mae Flexer, a Killingly Democrat, told budget chief Benjamin Barnes at a recent hearing that the consolidations are not saving money and could affect public safety.

The consolidation made troops D and K in Colchester and Troop E in Montville substations of Troop C in Tolland. Dispatching for eastern Connecticut is done at Troop C and the other barracks aren’t staffed at night.

The dispatch consolidations started last year with three police barracks merging in western Connecticut. State police also combined Troop W at Bradley International Airport into Troop H in Hartford, but the merger was limited by federal airport safety regulations.
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Information from: Journal Inquirer, http://www.journalinquirer.com

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