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State Police look to maintain strength through numbers

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Mar 5, 2016 8:34 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The leadership of the Pennsylvania State Police is hoping to keep the department's complement of troopers at an adequate level in the coming fiscal year.

During a House Appropriations Committee hearing, State Police Commissioner Tyree Blocker told lawmakers that the number of troopers that would make up a full complement statewide is 4,719, but the x-factors involved with retirements and other attrition make it difficult to maintain that level.

He says 4,500 is the line to ensure public safety.

"It's important for us to have that number of troopers to take care of our day-in and day-out, very serious public safety duties and responsibilities around the state," Blocker said.

He said 3 or 4 cadet classes will go through the academy in the coming year, potentially adding another 350 troopers to the ranks. 

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