Report: Paul Vance out as CT State Police spokesman

Lt. J. Paul Vance, the longtime face and voice of the Connecticut State Police, is being transferred from his spokesman position to the department’s traffic division, according to a Thursday night report by The Hartford Courant.

Citing unnamed sources, The Courant reports that Vance will take on a supervisory role in the State Police traffic division.

Vance, 62, of Waterbury gained national attention for his handling of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012. He led press conferences with reporters for days after the shooting that killed 20 students and six educators in Newtown.

Mail came in from all over the world, The Courant noted on Thursday, praising Vance for his demeanor and the respect he showed victims’ families following the attack.

A familiar face on TV

Most Connecticut residents are familiar with Vance from his many appearances on TV and comments in newspapers about law enforcement issues through the years. These have ranged from traffic accidents to high-profile murder cases, and major snowstorms to hostage situations.

According to state records, Vance has served as a Connecticut state trooper since 1974 and he earns $126,734 annually. He has been the lead spokesman for the State Police since the late 1990s.

Messages left with the State Police on Thursday by Hersam Acorn for details were not immediately returned.