I hadn’t thought about Westport’s State Police barracks for years.
But within 24 hours, 2 photos of it landed on my screen.
For several decades, State Police Troop G was headquartered in Westport. They occupied a handsome brick building — now the site of Walgreens.
Convenient to both I-95 (via the Connector) and the Merritt Parkway (Roseville Road), their sirens sometimes gave local drivers a scare. But — as “staties” — they didn’t care about us. They used our roads to race to more important places.
Troop G moved to Bridgeport in the 1980s. At the time — as Westporters loved to note — they were located diagonally across the Post Road from both a gay bar (The Brook) and strip club (Krazy Vin’s).
The photo below is much older: 1939. Motorcycle officers posed in front of the station. Behind them — across the Post Road — we see the bones of what became the Clam Box restaurant (later Bertucci’s, now Shearwater Coffee, Ignazio Pizza and One River art school). Long Lots Road rises behind it.
That’s a lot of cops, for a very quiet time.