Police chief seeking to add 2nd full-time officer
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.