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More cuts being made to CT State Police

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The state is looking to possibly lay off more state troopers. (WFSB file photo) The state is looking to possibly lay off more state troopers. (WFSB file photo)
MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

Additional cuts are being made to the Connecticut State Police to help balance the budget.

The police union for the Connecticut State Police met with its membership on Tuesday. 

The state police union president told Eyewitness News two sergeants and five troopers will be laid off. Those seven people have been informed about the layoffs. 

Later on Tuesday, a union official told Eyewitness News that four lieutenants were notified about being laid off, in addition to the seven previously mentioned.

Capt. Michael Thomas, union president for State Police captains and lieutenants said this is the first time in the history of the state police that a commander in this agency holding the rank of lieutenant or higher has been laid off.

“It's a sad day in the history of state police, we do not advocate any layoffs for any members of the agency no matter if it's for our rank, trooper ranks, or civilian ranks,” said Thomas, who is the president of Commissioned Officers Association.

Their careers span between 12 and 18 years of experience. They were given four weeks’ notice.

The incoming class of 79 cadets will not receive jobs.They were expected to start in June.  

The cuts come from the governor's revised budget that was released on Monday

Originally, Union officials learned that the state was looking to lay off five state troopers, which would save the state just under $300,000.

State Police Union President Andy Matthews said the agency is already down troopers, and some will retire soon.

“We currently have 169 troopers of all ranks within the agency eligible to retire today. With approximately another 70 to retire in January,” Matthews said.

Both unions said the agency has been doing more with less for a long time.

“The people who are making these decisions should be ashamed of themselves because they are putting the public at risk,” Thomas said.

The governor’s Office of Policy and Management said “This is a legal and very personal process."

This would be the first time since 2011 that state police officers were laid off. It's also important to note that everyone who got a pink slip back then did get their jobs back after a lawsuit, but what will happen this time remains to be seen.

The state police union president told Eyewitness News even more cuts could be made because it is a proposed plan by the governor. 

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