For Immediate Release
Contact: Molly Cowan
New Hampshire Senate Democrats Push for an Increase in State Trooper Numbers on Senate Floor
CONCORD , NH – Today, New Hampshire Senate Democrats unanimously supported SB 294, legislation that would allow the State Police to add seven additional troopers to the force.
Despite opposition from several Republican senators, SB 294, sponsored by all eight Democratic Senators, passed the Senate and will move to the House for consideration.
“ New Hampshire currently has the least amount of state troopers per population of all surrounding states,” noted Senator D’Allesandro, Deputy Senate Democratic Leader, and prime sponsor of SB 294. “Our charge as state legislators is to ensure the safety of our New Hampshire constituents, and adding additional troopers will greatly increase safety both for the general public and the troopers themselves.”
Currently, New Hampshire authorizes 287 state trooper positions, less than both Vermont and Maine.
“It’s a dangerous situation for the troopers to be out there alone and it’s dangerous for the public as well. Right now there are not enough troopers to cover the entire state, yet we count on them every day to protect us from aggressive drivers, drug dealers and other criminals,” stated Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen. “The addition of seven more troopers will provide added safety both on our highways and in our communities .