New Police Officer Hire Approved

Local law enforcement losing one member to early retirement, another to short-term disability.

Washington Township will move forward with the hiring of a new police officer now that the department is losing one member to retirement and another for the short term due to a medical procedure.

Police Chief Michael Bailey presented the department's needs to the township committee Monday night at the governing body’s regular meeting, explaining how lean the department was becoming.

“We’re losing one officer to permanent disability, early retirement due to an incident that occurred here in town, and another will be out four to five months for shoulder surgery,” Bailey said. “On top of that, we have three senior officers scheduled to retire in the next two years.”

Bailey, who is one of those senior officers scheduled to retire, requested the township consider bringing in two officers to begin filling the void that is being opened on the squad.

The process, however, isn’t a simple one. The department will now begin running tests for candidates. Once those tests results are complete, he or she will then go through the police academy.

At the earliest, a full time officer would not be patrolling Washington Township until June of 2013, Bailey said.

Four of the five committeemen–James LiaBraaten was absent–gave the go ahead to Bailey to begin the search. One committeeman thought it would be prudent to take an additional step.

Dave Kennedy, a former police captain, recommended the department come up with a list of potential candidates so that testing can be ready in the case that need be addressed again in the future.

“We should have a list (of potential candidates) ready,” Kennedy said. “There aren’t many places hiring, but there are plenty of qualified candidates out there right now.”

"We should definitely begin the search for one, and most likely look for two (officers)," Vice Mayor and police commissioner Bill Roehrich said. "Working with these guys and seeing what they're doing... We're getting close to the bone here."

Short term pain, long term gain

In the meantime, the 28-member police force will be down two full time officers. It’s already been shorthanded since March, when the officer going into early retirement was injured in the line of duty.

Until a new officer is added, current staff members will be needed to cover additional shifts, which will force overtime payments to mount.

“My concern is the overtime,” Mayor Ken Short said. “(The overtime) is going to be more expensive than the actual salary of an officer.”

Under contract, police officers receive time and-a-half pay for going beyond their shift or covering other shifts when necessary. 

The recently awarded PBA contract states that a new Washington Township police officer beginning in 2013 after completing the academy will receive a starting salary of $48,889.

The testing process for a new candidate will begin immediately. 

Liberty September 20, 2012 at 03:29 PM
This is a quote from a police officer, I think it hits the nail on the head: "If the job of the police is only to enforce law and not to protect civilians why were all those police killed  on 9-11 when the towers collapsed, were they going in to arrest terrorists or attempting to save civilians still inside? As far as getting rid of cops when crime rates go down, why do you think the crime rate went down, criminals don't have a retirement plan. The crime rate goes down because of the proactive patroling and crime preventon activites. Tell the cops you did such a good job we no longer need you? Imagine in the private sector you are told you are so good at your  job that we no longer need you. Do you think after you get rid of the police the criminals will not come back?"
Liberty September 20, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Sam--are you calling me a "dope?"
Jack Mahoffer September 20, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Sounds like he is. As he should - you come off like a dope.
Jack Mahoffer September 20, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Hey Liberty - what side are you on ???? your responses waiver from one side to the other. Grow a set
Jack Mahoffer September 20, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Hookerman is clearly limited - so its unfair to call him out on his views.
Jack Mahoffer September 20, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Hey numbers - your a fool
Jack Mahoffer September 20, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Hey Roger - You have been belly aching for YEARS about the police. Have your tax dollars EVER helped you out. Your a BITTER human being. Give ONE positive example of police esponse to your HOME
Woody September 20, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Let's cut the ENTIRE P.D.!! Then all the internet 'tough guys' that have so much to say about the golden parachute and such, can protect their own. LMAO There is a funny quote I heard a long time ago; "Nobody like Cops until they need one" 51 comments on this deadline! Really? You do realize that you save appx. $25 on your taxes PER YEAR by cutting a police officer?
Jack Mahoffer September 20, 2012 at 04:20 PM
WOODY !!!!! Only one on this thread that GETS IT !!!!
Liberty September 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Hey Jack--waivered on what? "Grow a set?" Are you, like 12? I don't need them, sounds like you do though. Let's see, according to you, I'm a dope, numbers is a fool, Hookerman is limited and Roger is bitter. Your only contribution to this thread has been name-calling! How proud you must be!
Jack Mahoffer September 20, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I'm dead on with ALL those labels
Liberty September 20, 2012 at 04:54 PM
.....as applied to you, Jack.
Hookerman September 20, 2012 at 05:23 PM
"Nobody like Cops until they need one". The same thing could be said about doctors, lawyers, auto mechanics, plumbers, electricians, etc, etc. So what??? It’s irrelevant to the discussion. The fact that taxpayers are concerned about staffing levels in a police department that they fund does NOT mean that they hate cops. If you favor cutting the school budget, do you hate educators? If you favor cutting the DPW, do you hate landscapers? And…. unless you’re an educator or landscaper yourself, do you have any right to question these budgets? The anti-cop label is nothing but a mindless red herring that is used whenever anyone brings up PD staffing levels. If the job of the police is to protect people, then every crime that occurs is a failure of the police dept. If a house is broken into, the police have failed to protect that house. If property is stolen, the police have failed to protect that property. If a person is assaulted, the police have failed to protect that person. I think that is a ridiculous notion, but apparently people on this thread don’t.
Jon September 20, 2012 at 05:58 PM
@Liberty - thanks for the correction! It does say "down two full time officers". I read it as "down to two full time officers" by mistake. That makes a lot more sense. My question remains though - how much OT are the officers incurring, and can anything be done to reduce it? Or are we already managing to strictly unavoidable OT? Avoidable OT among municipal employees is a HUGE source of financial waste (dare I say 'corruption'?) all across this country of ours. I saw it first hand with the Police, EMS, and Sanitation workers in NYC, and the figures were just staggering. Many people received what effectively amount to "bonuses" via OT amounting to 30%, 50%, 75%, even in some cases 150% of their annual salaries. There was a pecking order for who gets to receive the OT slots, based on seniority and membership in the "good ol' boy" network.
stacie bohr September 21, 2012 at 08:37 AM
@Sam....the truth doesn't "hurt" me, Sam. And I feel badly for Officer Cecere. If you don't understand why your comment was offensive, you need to join the 21st century.
stacie bohr September 21, 2012 at 09:09 AM
Yes, Liberty...I am worried about that. I have a daughter and I NEVER want her to feel that being a female has anything to do with wearing a skirt and typing (as a stereotype). How can you not understand that? Maybe you don't have a daughter.
stacie bohr September 21, 2012 at 09:46 AM
Basic question Sam....what does a "skirt" have to do with a desk job?
cv September 21, 2012 at 10:56 AM
As usual another thread spewing hate.
Liberty September 21, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Well, Stacie....I do have a daughter in the workplace who would laugh at such a stupid remark. All our daughters are going to hear remarks like that, and worse, because the people making them don't know any better. Consider the source and tell me if you're really going to change his thinking. I don't think he should have said it either, but the main topic was a bit more compelling at the time.
stacie bohr September 21, 2012 at 02:57 PM
And now sexism!
stacie bohr September 21, 2012 at 03:02 PM
@Liberty...."Well, Stacie....I do have a daughter in the workplace who would laugh at such a stupid remark." That to me is very sad. I take into consideration the source of comments but there are comments that should simply not be made. I wouldn't want my daughter laughing at it, I'd want her to take a stand as she should.
Liberty September 21, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I think laughing at a stupid remark is taking a stand. When we live in a perfect world, those comments won't be made. It's very sad to me that you don't realize that will never happen in our lifetime. And if that man made that comment to your daughter's face, in what manner would you want her to take her stand?
stacie bohr September 21, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Laughing at a stupid remark is laughing. Laughing at a sexist or racial remark is ignorant. My advice to my daughter would be to stand up for herself, first and foremost, and then head right down to HR. And I don't expect a perfect world. I expect one that is fair and equal. It may never happen, but I'd fight for it.
Liberty September 21, 2012 at 08:44 PM
It was a stupid remark, that's why I would laugh at him. if you think it's sexist, that's your opinion. You are the only one on this thread who thought so....
Jon September 21, 2012 at 08:55 PM
This Jack Mahoffer seems to like men in uniform: http://www.bunnyslist.org/8/images/3d5775771c0038d80bdb875c4d604f5a/ Is it the same Jack?
stacie bohr September 21, 2012 at 09:44 PM
And I should care that I'm not in the majority, why? Actually, other people may have thought so but don't have the guts to say it. Liberty, I'm not looking to win a popularity contest. I didn't feel that was a right comment and that's it. If you're okay with that and would be okay having someone making a comments such as that to your daughter, good for you. I would not be and teach her to stand up for herself. Have a nice weekend.
12345678 September 21, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Liberty, I thought it was a sexist remark too, but like you, I realize comments like that will be made, whether it's to my face or behind my back. I can easily ignore them. Stacie, while I can respect your fight for equality, I think you will always find yourself disappointed if you "expect" a fair and equal world. One of the first things I teach my own children is that life is not fair and they have to learn to deal with it.
Hookerman September 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Stacie, a bit of advice from someone who has been in the corp world for many years… your daughter might not be well served by teaching her to run to HR every time she overhears someone say something that offends her. People say stupid things in the office, just as they say stupid things on the internet, and sometimes you have to choose your battles. Also, HR depts are rarely the knights in shining armor that you may think they are. They are often bureaucratic black holes where complaints get lost in the mire. It’s better to teach your daughter how to deal with things herself.
stacie bohr September 22, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I get what your saying, Hook and 1234. I really wasn't saying that I would suggest my daughter run to HR every time something is said that rubs her the wrong way. I would venture to guess, though that if one so freely posts such a remark for the world to read, chances are that attitude and behavior happens more than on the Patch. But I get your point, guys.
12345678 September 22, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Stacie, no doubt his attitude carries over into everyday life.


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