N. Baltimore to restore police staffing PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 11:48
NORTH BALTIMORE — Village council agreed Tuesday to restore staffing at the police department to the level it was earlier this year.
During a special meeting, council members agreed to hire a sixth, full-time police officer. Interviews with the two final candidates for the position are scheduled for next week.
The department has five full-time officers, including the police chief and the school resource officer who splits her time between the schools and patrolling the village.
Police Chief Allan Baer outlined the need to return the department to six full-time officers in a two-page letter given to council members.
“There have been numerous weekend shifts in which we normally have two officers working from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. in which we have had only one officer working,” Baer said.
“The use of part-time officers is to augment the staffing level and to replace officers on leave. Nearly all of the part-time officers are gainfully employed elsewhere and use this job to supplement their income. Due to scheduling conflicts we cannot rely on part-time officers to always be available,” he continued.
The inability to sometimes get shifts covered has increased response times, Baer said.
“Not having enough officers to perform our duties could potentially place our citizens in danger and also the officers in danger.”
Four council members, Greg Waaland, Janet Goldner, Aaron Patterson and Jeff Bretz voted in favor of hiring a sixth officer. Leslee Thompson and Bill Cameron voted against it.
Both Thompson and Cameron expressed concern over the staffing levels of part-time officers for the department.
“He’s got to do something ASAP about those part-timers,” Cameron said.
Thompson said, “I still think there is a lack of planning.”

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