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Should There Be A Mandatory Number Of State Troopers? [POLL]

The law requires Connecticut State Police to have a minimum of 1,248 troopers on staff.

On Tuesday, a General Assembly committee heard debate "on Gov. Dannel Malloy's proposal to end a state mandate requiring the Connecticut State Police to have a minimum of 1,248 troopers on staff," according to WTNH-TV.

The minimum staffing level was imposed by a 1998 state law. Malloy calls the number "arbitrary" and the Associated Press reports that the union is challenging the governor's position. There are currently 1,080 sworn members of the state police.

What do you think? Is the Connecticut State Police force large enough? Too large? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Don Charles February 29, 2012 at 02:46 PM
There certainly should be more troopers we are living in dire times and the more police available the safer we will be. Money should not be a problem when it comes to security and the families of CT. being safe. Barack Malloy can find the money, he finds it for other areas that help him get votes, so he should be able to find it for the troopers.
RONALD M GOLDWYN February 29, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I don't understand our Governor. We have a law that says the CSP should have over 1200 members and we presently have only 1000. Does the Governor believe he is above the law, by not complying with his sworn obligation to follow the law. When the CSP is at full strength, only then can he seek to modify the law. Right now he is breaking the law. Is this a civil or criminal crime?
Harold Maddux March 01, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I am surprised that people feel that having troopers based on need is a good idea. When emergencies and crimes take place the CSP will respond with what they have. They don't have the luxury to just pull more guys out of thin air. It takes almost a year to properly train and equip a trooper. Think about that while the next major incident takes place. We need a state police that is properly funded so they can hire and retain the mandated number of troopers required by law. This law put in place for a reason in 1998 when someone lady was killed because it took so long for the CSP to arrive to her call for aid. Again in rural areas there might only be 5 troopers working over 15 towns. Without a properly staffed CSP every case in the state with forensic evidence will be delayed. The CSP provides so much more than cruiser on the side of the highway. The public needs to be informed how much they really do. Has anyone thought for a second that our crimes rates might be low because of their hard work? How many lives have been saved because of thugs they took off the streets? WAKE UP CT!
Bombur March 01, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Needs assessment is the only valid way of determing State Police staffing levels. Thoughtful analysis of staff vs. crime ratios, effective policing techniques and other crime suppresion and public safety considerations is far more effective than relying on the State Police union and our spend-happy legislators to set a mandated level. Much $$ will be saved by taking back their free luxury cars and free personal gas; let them pick up their vehicles at the barracks like other law enforcers.
Harold Maddux March 01, 2012 at 04:48 PM
The reason they have their cars is because they are on duty 24/7 unlike regular police officers. The cost of the vehicle is factored into their horrible salary... Reducing police will most likely result in more crime, especially in today's economy. There is a lot of computer crimes taking place which goes unaccounted for. Read the new FBI Uniform Crime Report.

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