Connecticut Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle is making an unprecedented request of top state police managers: go back to school, the Hartford Courant says. Boyle earned a bachelor’s degree while working as an East Hartford police officer. He left police work to attend law school, and later became a federal prosecutor. When he started his current job in July, he noticed was that there were no educational requirements for the upper ranks of the department. Some top managers have master’s degrees; others only high school diplomas.
Boyle enlisted the help of the University of Connecticut to develop a “master’s certificate program” tailored for the state police. Participation is “highly recommended” for lieutenants and above and will be the “predominant factor” in considering appointment to the rank of major and higher. Boyle must address the low morale remaining from the administration of former Commissioner Arthur Spada, including the arrest of Spada’s chief of staff for theft of services. “This governor put him into a dysfunctional agency,” said David LeBlanc, state police union president. “Now she and the legislature have got to give him the tools and the money to move the agency forward.”