State police hope to reopen Portsmouth Barracks
PORTSMOUTH (AP) — Rhode Island State Police are working to increase staffing as they try to reopen an inactive barracks.
Low staffing numbers forced state police to close the Portsmouth Barracks in 2012. Rhode Island State Police Col. Ann Assumpico hopes a new recruiting drive will prove successful so the barracks can be reopened.
According to Assumpico, 20 state troopers and supervisors are needed to staff the Portsmouth Barracks. Assumpico says the barracks would be necessary to patrol state Route 24 when the new Tiverton casino opens in 2018.
According to a state police spokeswoman, there are currently 228 personnel. Assumpico says she wants to recruit about 50 candidates for the state police academy's 2018 class. She says staffing is important because many local departments still depend on state police.