Po­lice chief seek­ing to add 2nd full-time of­fi­cer

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By William J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

Town Board mem­bers are re­view­ing a re­quest to add a sec­ond full-time of­fi­cer to the Po­lice De­part­ment ros­ter.

ROSENDALE >> Town Board mem­bers are re­view­ing a re­quest to add a sec­ond full­time of­fi­cer to the Po­lice De­part­ment ros­ter.

Chief Perry Soule asked for the ad­di­tional of­fi­cer dur­ing a meet­ing Wed­nes­day, with the of­fi­cials told the bud­get increase would be $16,000 af­ter ad­just­ments were made to other spend­ing lines.

“Over the past sev­eral years, I’ve been do­ing what I can with mostly part-time staff,” he said. “I have one full-time of­fi­cer at the mo­ment. We had, at one point, ... four (full-time of­fi­cers) and slowly dwin­dled down over the past cou­ple years.”

Board mem­bers said the Po­lice De­part­ment has been down to a sin­gle full-time of­fi­cer and sev­eral part-time of­fi­cer for about two years.

“I’m ask­ing to re­place one or two of the part-time shifts with a full-time of­fi­cer in the af­ter­noon,” Soule said. “Prob­a­bly that shift would be a Sun­day-through-Thurs­day or some­thing along those lines, work­ing 3-11 a.m.”

Un­der the pro­posed 2017 town bud­get, po­lice costs with­out the ad­di­tional of­fi­cer would be $421,767, for a 0.37 per­cent increase of $1,567.

Soule said the re­liance on part-time staff has meant a con­stant search for new of­fi­cers.

“We’re a step­ping stone for the young of­fi­cers to move on,” he said.

“I am happy to train them,” Soule said. “A lot of them move on to great, great po­lice jobs, in­clud­ing the sher­iff’s, state po­lice jobs, other (municipalities) and they do well. So I take honor in hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to train them, but, be­cause of that, it puts a bur­den on me in try­ing to fill those shifts and some­times I have a shift that’s not filled.”

Fol­low­ing the meet­ing, Town Board mem­bers said they would re­view the re­quest be­fore adopt­ing the bud­get early next month.

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