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Corbett proposes funding for 3 state police classes

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Governor Tom Corbett said his proposed budget will call for three new classes of Pennsylvania State Police cadets.

Corbett said he'll propose funding to train 290 new cadets, plus the hiring of 90 civilian police dispatchers, when he unveils his 2013-14 budget proposal in early February.

State police Commissioner Frank Noonan, who joined Corbett in making the announcement Tuesday at a state police barracks near Pittsburgh, said the increase in manpower is an achievement for the department, but he said the continuing decline in manpower through retirement remains distressing.

"We are still at critical numbers," Noonan said. "The problem is that the number of new troopers is not keeping pace with the number of outgoing troopers.''

According to a news release from the Governor's Office and Pennsylvania State Police, 136 state police enlisted members have retired or have announced plans to retire in the current fiscal year. An additional 1,243 troopers are eligible to retire by the end of June.

The current state police complement is down more than 480 troopers from what the department is authorized to have.

The current budget provides for a new class of 90 cadets to begin training next month.

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