CT state police troops to take routine calls

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s new state police commissioner wants to restore some dispatch functions to the local barracks.

Dora B. Schriro announced Wednesday she’s completed a preliminary review of the controversial dispatching consolidation overseen by her predecessor and unveiled a plan for moving forward.

Besides restoring round-the-clock staffing at some barracks — something she announced last month — Schriro now wants all administrative calls to be directed to the troop where they are best handled locally by personnel. About 60 percent of the calls received are considered administrative.

All 911 calls for service, emergencies triggering the dispatching of state police troopers, will continue to be directed to the consolidated dispatch locations.

While dispatches in the eastern and western parts of Connecticut have been consolidated, plans are on hold for the central region.

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