Location:
POLICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS;
Scope:
Connecticut laws/regulations; Court Cases;

OLR Research Report


February 24, 2012

 

2012-R-0118

NUMBER OF CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE OFFICERS ON FORCE

By: Veronica Rose, Chief Analyst

You asked for a year-by-year breakdown of the number of state police officers on staff since FY 99.

A 1998 state law directed the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety (now Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP)) to appoint and maintain at least 1,248 sworn state police officers by July 1, 2001 (PA 98-151). In 2003, the legislature amended the law, postponing the compliance deadline to January 1, 2006 (PA 03-6). Currently, there are 1,080 sworn officers on the force and, as Table 1 shows, based on the July 1 data for each year, the 1,248 minimum was met only once (FY 02). Because we do not have daily personnel counts, we do not know if the minimum was met at any other time.

A Superior Court judge, on January 13, 2012, ruled that the staffing provision is mandatory. Thus, DESPP must have at least 1,248 sworn officers on staff. The decision came in response to a challenge by the state police union that DESPP's failure to maintain the minimum number of officers violated state law (see OLR Report 2012-R-0071 for a summary of the case: Connecticut State Police Union v. Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Doc. No. HHD CV 116024776, (2012)). The case is on appeal.

Table 1: History of Sworn Staffing by Rank and Status: FY 99 through FY 11*

 

FY 99

FY 00

FY 01

FY 02

FY 03

FY 04

FY 05

FY 06

FY 07

FY 08

FY 09

FY 10

FY 11

SWORN OFFICERS

                         

Commissioner

0

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

Deputy commissioner

1

1

0

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Lt Colonel

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

3

3

0

3

2

Major

1

8

7

8

7

8

7

6

4

6

7

7

4

Captain

12

12

12

19

16

17

15

13

14

13

8

5

12

Lieutenant

37

31

30

32

28

21

30

29

40

48

33

29

24

Master Sergeant

19

18

18

16

14

11

14

14

14

15

12

12

12

Sergeant

165

175

173

187

175

167

174

169

167

192

160

173

160

Trooper

749

824

904

910

895

902

909

884

895

899

826

849

857

Trooper Trainee

0

37

0

24

0

0

0

73

60

0

60

62

0

ACTIVE SWORN

986

1,109

1,147

1,201

1,140

1,130

1,153

1,192

1,199

1,178

1,108

1,141

1,073

Workers compensation

5

7

5

6

1

2

8

10

2

11

10

10

10

Leave

3

4

3

23

29

12

18

9

16

14

10

15

19

Suspended

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

Light duty

10

16

15

20

21

17

20

15

18

26

21

26

25

INACTIVE SWORN

19

28

25

50

51

31

46

34

38

52

41

51

54

TOTAL SWORN

1,005

1,137

1,172

1,251

1,191

1,161

1,199

1,226

1,237

1,230

1,149

1,192

1,127

Source: DESPP

* Represents the number of sworn officers on July 1 of each year.

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