The Connecticut state police union is challenging a new directive designed to reduce the department’s gasoline consumption by prohibiting troopers from using state gas pumps on their days off, reports the London Day. A memo, distributed last week, allows troopers to fill up their cruisers at state pumps only while on duty. Troopers are allowed to use those cruisers for personal trips and had been able to fill up on state gas for free, even on their days off. In exchange, they must always be on call.
The new policy was implemented after Gov. M. Jodi Rell ordered state agencies to reduce gasoline consumption by about 10 percent before June 30. She wants a 25 percent reduction during the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The state Department of Public Safety says it goes through about 2.7 million gallons of gas each year, much of it in vehicles used by Connecticut’s more than 1,200 troopers. Steven Rief, president of the state police union, said the policy violates the labor contract.