New state police spokesperson takes over for Lt. Vance

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Lt. J. Paul Vance began his new job as the head of the state police Central Traffic Unit Friday. It was also Vance's replacement's first day in his new position.

Sgt. Shane Hassett is filling Vance's old role. Hassett joined the Connecticut State Police in 1990 and has been a sergeant for 14 years.

His biography on the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection website reads:

Sgt. Hassett joined the Connecticut State Police in 1990 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant 14 years ago. Just prior to his transfer to the Public Information Office, Sgt. Hassett was assigned to Troop C in Tolland. During his 24-year career with the Connecticut State Police, Sgt. Hassett has also been deployed to Troop E in Montville, Troop K in Colchester, and as a Special Liaison to the Department of Developmental Services. Sgt. Hassett earned a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2005."

Vance was the state police spokesperson for 16 years.

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