Wilmington To Add 4 New Police Officers Under Town Managers Proposed Budget

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Town Manager Jeff Hull revealed Monday night he has budgeted for the addition of four police officers in Fiscal Year 2020.“The Police Department has experienced a growing demand for services while also being called upon to address an increasing number of mental health and social service related issues,” Hull noted in his annual budget message. “The last time positions were added to the Police Department was in Fiscal Year 2008, when two lieutenant positions were funded, bringing the total complement of officers to the current level of 48.”Hull pointed out that the Wilmington Police Department currently has eleven officers that are assigned specialized duties, including school resource officers, detectives, drug and narcotic officers, training instructors, community liaison officer, and traffic & safety officers. As a result of their specialized roles, these officers are not typically in the “pool” of officers available for sector patrols.“In light of the increased level of activity and, in many instances, the increased amount of time required for each call, the plan is to establish a new patrol sector increasing the number in Town to four sectors,” explained Hull. “During each of the three shifts that operated 24/7, one officer is assigned to patrol one specific area of Town unless called to respond to an incident outside of their sector. Establishment of an additional sector will require a total of eight additional officers.”Hull stressed that, due to the civil service process, it could take 18-24 months before the four officers are to be sworn in.The request for four additional officers (patrolmen) will cost approximately $280,100.The Town Manager and Police Chief will discuss the proposal with the Finance Committee on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 7pm at Wilmington Town Hall.Voters will ultimately have the final say over the Fiscal Year 2020 budget at the Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10:30am in the Wilmington High School Auditorium.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLt. Brian Pupa Named Wilmington Deputy Police ChiefIn “Police Log”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Police Chief Joe Desmond (PART 2)In “5 Quick Questions”last_img

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