Budget Woes Hit State TroopersMay 17, 2017
On Tuesday, Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) laid off police officers.
Along with layoffs, a recent class of police recruits would be deferred. Connecticut State Police Union President Andy Matthews was clear about the cuts in a WTNH report, saying that the state’s patrol staffing is the same as in the 1950s and 1960s, leaving insufficient coverage on patrols.
Connecticut’s economy is in trouble, as a recent study shows the state’s 2016 growth of one percent is far behind national and regional averages.
However, Connecticut also suffers through the country’s “seventh worst drug problem.” These means police force cuts could be felt hard in suburban and rural communities across the state. Connecticut’s cities, like Bridgeport, New Haven, and Hartford, also remain some of American’s most dangerous cities. They may now be left with fewer police resources.
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