The Connecticut State Police have run out of with three months to go in the fiscal year because of a budget miscalculation and because millions of dollars from the department’s budget were returned to the state’s general fund over the past four years, the Hartford Courant reports. Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle is asking the legislature for an emergency $4 million. The police are short of money to pay for items like bulletproof vests that have been ordered, computers, tires for police cruisers, and new vehicles. Some vendors, who are owed more than $3 million, have shut off services, including a computer database the department uses for background checks.
Accurint, a computer database used by the department’s criminal intelligence unit, has denied the department access because of nonpayment, police union President David LeBlanc said. That has left a backlog of more than 700 requests for background checks. At many police stations, delivery of bottled water and trash pickup has been intermittent because of nonpayment of bills. Troopers must keep snow tires on their cruisers all summer because there is no money to switch to ordinary tires.