in a special investigation. So, Governor M. Jodi Rell, is yet again, rewarding bad, official, and corrupt behavior?
Should the Connecticut State Police be abolished? There should only be a Connecticut Highway Patrol. Towns and cities should have actual police, their own. There would then be more protection and service and far less abuse of the public by police.
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Rell Plan Would Redeploy Troopers
February 4, 2007
By PETER MARTEKA, Courant Staff Writer
Gov. M. Jodi Rell wants more state troopers and a change in the way highway weigh stations operate.
On Saturday, Rell announced that her state budget proposal, scheduled to be released Wednesday, will include funding for three new classes of Connecticut State Police - two in the first fiscal year and one in the second. The plan also calls for reassigning dozens of troopers from various departments and returning them to their traditional role of safeguarding state highways.
Rell's budget calls for two trooper classes, one in 2008 and another in 2009, to maintain the required strength of 1,248 sworn troopers. Since Rell took office in 2004, there have been three graduating classes.
A total of 34 experienced state troopers would be reassigned, including 13 of the 16 troopers taken from the state Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security in the Terrorism Prevention Unit. The vacancies would be filled with 12 homeland security professionals. Three troopers would remain to work with the new Terrorism Prevention Unit.
Rell's plan also calls for making the truck weigh stations the lone responsibility of the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Currently, the DMV and Department of Public Safety operate the stations. Under that plan, Rell said 21 more experienced state troopers could be redeployed to traditional duties.
With the DMV in charge of the weigh stations, Rell is also calling for an expansion of hours the stations in Danbury, Greenwich, Middletown, Union and Waterford operate.
Contact Peter Marteka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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