Sen. Kissel Raises Concerns about Security at Bradley [Associated Press]

March 12, 2012

Associated Press Story

(AP) — A merger of state police troops is raising concerns about security at Bradley International Airport.
The state police union and state Sen. John Kissel say they’re worried that troopers at the airport will be handling non-airport duties, under last Friday’s merger of Troop H in Hartford and Troop W at Bradley.

The union and state police management failed last week to reach an agreement on airport trooper staffing.
State police officials say the merger will cut Bradley’s policing costs by more than $4 million a year, mostly because there will be fewer command and clerical staff. Officials say the merger won’t change the number of troopers in the field.

The union says less than 20 troopers are assigned to Bradley today, down from 41 after the Sept. 11 attacks.