ABOUT THE CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE
The Connecticut State Police (CSP), a division of the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, is responsible for traffic regulation and law enforcement across the state of Connecticut, especially in areas not served by (or served by municipal police departments.
The CSP currently has approximately 950 troopers, and is headquartered in Middletown,
Connecticut. Among its many responsibilities, the CSP is responsible for protecting Connecticut's governor and lieutenant governor.
On May 29, 1903, the Connecticut State Police was created under House Bill #247. Initially, five men, paid three dollars a day, were hired to enforce state liquor and vice laws, making it one of the oldest State Police forces in the nation. It was originally composed of five troopers primarily responsible for interdicting the production of moonshine. Early troopers traveled the state by railroad until automobile and motorcycle patrols were instituted, and troopers would often spend five to six days working, eating, and sleeping in the barracks constructed around the state. By 1924, seven such barracks had been built. The organization was heavily militaristic, and its internal culture was similar in this regard to other state police agencies in New England.
Since 1903, the Connecticut State Police (CSP) has provided a full range of law enforcement services to the State of Connecticut. There are currently 11 troops located throughout the state with State Police troopers providing the primary law enforcement services in 82 of the 169 municipalities in Connecticut. Additionally, the CSP provides major crime, emergency services, cause and origin investigations and traffic and truck enforcement to the entire state.
The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education and state of the art science and technology.
In striving to accomplish our mission, the Connecticut State Police embodies our core values with great PRIDE:
Professionalism through an elite and diverse team of trained men and women.
Respect for ourselves and others through our words and actions.
Integrity through adherence to standards and values that merit public trust.
Dedication to our colleagues, our values, and to the service of others.
Equality through fair and unprejudiced application of the law.