By the end of the week, state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance will begin his new role overseeing the department's traffic division and he released a letter on Tuesday thanking everyone for supporting him and throwing support behind whoever replaces him.
In late February, Scott DeVico, spokesman for the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, announced that Vance is being reassigned to the traffic division effective on or around March 20. Vance has served as the public information officer for the state police for 16 years and is most recently known as the department mouthpiece during and after the shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. .
No replacement has been announced at this time.
Here is the full letter Vance released addressing his reassignment:
I am writing to you as I prepare to move on to my new assignment/command within the Connecticut State Police. After 16 years in the State Police Public Information Office, as the spokesman for the Connecticut State Police, I have grown to not only like the assignment but to have also had the honor and privilege to work with so many media professionals. I was honored to have worked with many Commissioners, Colonels, and Governors of our great state.
I want to thank each and every one of you for helping me to understand the work that you do and for helping me to better the ways that we might work together for our mutual interest. There are so many individuals that come to mind, so I cannot single anyone out for fear of missing one. Simply stated to all of you – thank you.
The tragedies that we have worked on together in our state have always been handled with dignity by all of you, especially December of 2012. I will never forget the professionalism and class everyone showed during that horrific time.
The 40 years I have spent serving the people of Connecticut in my varied State Police assignments is an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. I have learned so much from law enforcement professionals and media professionals alike. I have never wavered in my belief that the Connecticut State Police is the finest police department in the country. The men and woman that serve our citizens are second to none.
I am asking everyone to work with and welcome my replacement. I am sure the new PIO commander or director will continue to provide an open line of communication to enable everyone to do their work and keep all of our customers, the citizens of Connecticut, informed.
To the citizens of Connecticut, I thank them for their support and for the many kind emails and letters I have received since my transfer was announced. I plan to continue to serve each one of you every day as I continue my career as the Commander of the State Police Traffic Services unit.
If I can be of any assistance to anyone please feel free to contact me at my new assignment. My email and cell number remains the same.
I wish you all well and success.
Lt. J Paul Vance