Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that she has authorized a new class of state police trooper candidates for spring 2011, the seventh class of new troopers to enter training during the Governor’s six-year tenure.
“Ensuring the safety of our citizens – on the roads, in their homes and in their neighborhoods – is the core mission of state government. Connecticut state troopers are among the finest trained in the nation and it is imperative that we continue to bolster their ranks,” Governor Rell said. “The men and women who will go through this training will ultimately wear the badge that is the hallmark of service, dedication and professionalism.”
The Governor said 75 trooper candidates will be part of the 122nd Training Troop and will enter the State Police Academy in Meriden this spring. They will spend approximately 1,400 hours in the classroom and many more hours training in physical conditioning, water rescue, driving and other specialized areas of police work. Upon graduation they will be assigned to one of a dozen State Police troops throughout the state.
The Governor has authorized at least one class of trainees each year since taking office in July 2004. When the 60 trainees from the 121st Training Troop graduate later this month it will mean about 350 troopers have entered the force over the past six years.
The Connecticut State Police is the third-largest police force in New England and the primary law enforcement provider in 82 of the state’s 169 municipalities.