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Resident trooper may return to Kent

Published 6:29 pm, Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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Kent may have a resident state trooper on duty again soon.

The Board of Selectmen were set Thursday, Feb. 21, to talk about reinstating a resident trooper in the 2013-14 budget.

The full $113,000 cost would be added to the town expense side, with $60,000 posted to revenue -- representing a donation of $20,000 each from the three preparatory schools in the town.

"We had 78 people turn out for the town meeting about the trooper," Mr. Adams said.

"The discussion lasted 90 minutes. We took a non-binding vote at the end and 58 people voted to reinstate the resident trooper."

Representatives from Kent School, South Kent School and Marvelwood School attended the meeting. Each pledged $20,000 from the respective schools to help pay the trooper's salary, Mr. Adams said.

"The schools had had concerns about student safety even before Sandy Hook (Elementary School shootings)," he said.

"The headmaster of Marvelwood came by my office before the town meeting to ask about this."

The resident trooper position was cut from the Kent town budget in 2009 at a savings of some $100,000.

In 2010, an attempt was made to have the position reinstated, but it was defeated in a town meeting vote.

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