MIDDLETOWN — Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) Commissioner Dora B. Schriro announced on Monday the restoration of 24/7 trooper coverage at all State Police barracks across the state. Previously, as part of the recent consolidated dispatch project, some troops were closed after normal business hours.
“After careful review, I have determined that our State Police barracks need to be open and accessible to the public 24/7,” said Commissioner Schriro. “I have directed Eastern District Major Michael Darcy and Western District Major William Podgorski to implement this plan, effective immediately.”
“This plan will afford all Connecticut residents the peace of mind that comes with knowing their Troop is open and immediately available to them,” said Eastern District Major Michael Darcy.
“To ensure the efficiency of this directive, the troopers providing the extra coverage will remain productively engaged in enforcement activities that are typically conducted in the barracks,” said Western District Major William Podgorski.
When consolidated dispatch was implemented, emergency call boxes were installed outside the barracks without 24/7 coverage to allow individuals to call to access a trooper after normal business.
Commissioner Schriro continues to conduct a top to bottom review of consolidated dispatch. Last month, the commissioner suspended any further consolidation until her review is complete. When completed, she will be briefing Governor Malloy on her findings and recommendations moving forward.