February 05, 2013 9:47 pm • Naomi Creason, The Sentinel
The Pennsylvania State Police may get the financing it needs to fill some of its gap in staffing, though the law enforcement agency will face struggles in the coming years.
The hiring, however, doesn’t assuage State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan’s fearsabout the impending retirement issues.
“While the increase in manpower is an achievement for the department, the continuing decline in manpower through retirement remains distressing,” Noonan said at the end of January. “We are still at critical numbers. The problem is that the number of new troopers is not keeping pace with the number of outgoing troopers.”
In the 2012-13 fiscal year, 136 state police enlisted members have retired or have announced plans to retire. An additional 1,243 troopers are eligible to retire by the end of June.