The new state Police Commissioner has announced that State Police barracks across the state will remain open 24-7, a reversal of some open only during business hours. Dora Schriro is still evaluating whether to continue the controversial process of consolidated dispatch centers, but she's decided that the public wants the barracks open around the clock.
In the western part of the state, dispatch functions for Troops A and B were moved to Troop L in Litchfield. Troop A covers the Greater Danbury and New Milford areas while Troop B is from Torrington, north.
The union took a vote of no confidence in then-Commissioner Ruben Bradford and Col. Danny Stebbins for consolidating statewide dispatch centers from 12 to 5. Bradford, who retired last month. Bradford said the consolidation was saving money and putting more troopers on patrol. The union criticized the consolidation, saying it was resulting in longer response times and people seeking help at closed barracks. Emergency call boxes were installed outside those barracks.