Lt. J. Paul Vance is the chief spokesperson for the Connecticut State Police. He has been a Connecticut State Trooper for more than 38 years.
During his State Police career, Lt. Vance has been assigned to patrol at both Troop L in Litchfield and Troop I in Bethany. He was assigned as a specialty K-9 Handler, a SWAT Team Member, a helicopter medic, and to other various specialized assignments.
Lt. Vance has served as a State Police Major Crime Squad Detective and as the Resident State Trooper in charge of all Police Service in the Town of Prospect. Lt. Vance was an Academy Instructor at the Connecticut State Police Training Academy. He taught State Police recruits and local police officers, and also conducted in-service training classes for all Connecticut State Troopers. Lt Vance has served in several other specialized units of the Connecticut State Police.
As Commanding Officer of the Public Information Office, Lt. Vance was the public voice and face of the Connecticut State Police during the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.