State po­lice hope to re­open Portsmouth Bar­racks

Pawtucket Times - - OBITUARIES / REGION -

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.

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