Media agencies reported that, if the Pennsylvania State Police continue to lose troopers to retirement and lack of new recruits, the closure of the agency’s barracks and shifting of personnel from facility to facility could become commonplace.
Recently Pennsylvania lawmakers met to discuss the plan to close the state police barracks in Ephrata and shift the positions of personnel at a Lancaster station. Despite the concerns of residents, the law enforcement agency is framing the possible changes as a positive change for the state. According to State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, the changes are simply a reassignment of priorities to evenly redistribute troopers across municipalities. Noonan stated, “The zones will say the same. Our patrol areas will stay the same. The amount of cars in those zone areas will stay the same. What would happen is we would be moving some of our administrative personnel.”
However, even Noonan admits that if the agency continues to lose troopers, “serious adjustments” will have to be made. If all the vacant positions in the state police were filled, the ranks would number around 4,700; but Noonan stated that it’s possible that vacancies in the agency could increase to 600 by the end of this year.
Noonan said, “You know, we have to make decisions so that these things don’t hit us all at once. That’s basically why we’re discussing these plans. This would be something we would start, maybe we would do it (in Lancaster) first, but it will go throughout the state.”Tweet