“My message to you is simple. I genuinely care about the wellbeing of my fellow members and their families, and I truly believe in doing what is right. My pledge to you is that I will work endlessly to support you and your families. I will continue advocating and fighting for your wages, benefits, and working conditions to protect both what we have and obtain what we need.”
Connecticut State Police Union President
Prior to 1970, there was no Union for State Police Officers. Working conditions and benefits were dictated. We had little input in how Troopers’ jobs and compensation were determined. This meant low pay, no overtime for long hours of work, frequent changes to our shift schedules, poor medical coverage, and an unfair disciplinary process. Basically, Troopers had no rights at all.
In the early 1900’s, State Police forces were established to enforce the laws governing prohibition, vice, and labor disputes. Often local constables or sheriff’s either could not, or would not, enforce these laws fairly.