St. Johnsbury Wants to Keep State Police Barracks

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — The St. Johnsbury Selectboard voted unanimously last week to urge the Vermont State Police to keep its barracks in town, but a high ranking state trooper said it’s likely the office will be moving about eight miles south to Barnet sometime in the next several years.

The state police plan to consolidate their barracks in St. Johnsbury and Bradford into a brand-new facility.

If the project is placed on the fast track, it will happen in about five years, state police Capt. Tim Clouatre said during a Selectboard meeting on Monday.

“This isn’t anything that’s going to happen overnight,” Clouatre said.

Clouatre told the board that troopers aren’t as tied to offices as they used to be because their cruisers have much of the equipment they need, including computers and video cameras, and they carry cellphones, the Caledonian Record reported.

The consolidation isn’t expected to affect emergency response times because troopers will be assigned to patrol zones and many will still live in area towns.

“You’re still going to have very good service here,” Clouatre said. “My hope is that it is going to get better.”

The new facility proposed for Barnet will include enhanced security features, such as surveillance cameras, while the existing St. Johnsbury and Bradford barracks are antiquated, he said.