Mar 6, 2016 11:51 AM

Bill would provide funds for state's police training center

CONCORD — The only police training center in New Hampshire faces an uncertain future if lawmakers fail to pass a bill that would make it a state-funded agency.

The New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council has been self-funded through a percentage of speeding and court fines since its inception in the early 1970s. But that revenue has dropped dramatically — from $3.8 million in 2006 to $2.8 million in 2015, according to council figures.

Gov. Maggie Hassan last week urged passage of a bill that would allocate $3.5 million to the council in fiscal 2017.

Dover Police Chief Anthony Colarusso, council director, said if the funding doesn't come through, the number of officers trained annually could be cut by a third or more.

All New Hampshire officers go through the council's 16-week training program.

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