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New Head for Troubled Connecticut Police Agency

The troubled state law enforcement agency that oversaw the investigation of the Newtown massacre will now be run by an outsider who has overseen prisons but has never served as a police officer.

Dora Schriro, a former Department of Homeland Security official who currently heads the New York City Corrections Department, was appointed Monday by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy as commissioner of the state’s Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) starting on Jan. 31. She will oversee more than 1,000 state troopers and five other public safety agencies.

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, right, introduces Dora Schriro as the new commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Hartford, Conn. AP/Connecticut Office of the Governor

Former DESPP Commissioner Reuben Bradford resigned in December, and the current top official of the State Police, Col. Danny Stebbins, has been under fire from the force’s rank-and-file. Both men received overwhelming votes of “no confidence” from police union members in mid 2012.

Schriro’s experience with other agencies and status as an “outsider” were hailed on Monday by Andy Matthews, who represents Connecticut’s troopers as president of the Connecticut State Police Union.

The Connecticut State Police recently concluded an exhaustive investigation into the shooting of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School by Adam Lanza. The report, which ran more than 11,000 pages, did not draw any definitive conclusions for Lanza’s motive.