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July 18, 2013

Falls police swear-in their largest class of recruits in more than 15 years

Falls police swear-in their largest class of recruits in more than 15 years

Niagara Gazette — It’s the largest class of new cops to join the Falls Police Department since the mid-1990s and their boss expects them to have an immediate impact.

“We need them to fill police cars and we need them to fill positions in booking and the jail,” Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto said. “They will bring us up to full strength and that will help us decrease overtime.”

The new recruits arrive at a time when police manpower is typically stretched thin with officers on summer vacations. Combine that with openings created by retirements and officers who are off duty with injuries and you have a recipe for an over-worked police force.

“We’ve been short-handed and you can only ask people to work so much overtime,” DalPorto said. “They have lives outside of police work too. So these positions need to be filled.”

DalPorto is taking a unique approach to deploying the rookies. Rather than send all of them to the Niagara Country Law Enforcement Academy at one time, he will have seven rookies begin at the academy on Monday, while seven others report to police headquarters for two weeks in intensive training to prepare them to work in booking and the jail.

The 15th recruit, a transfer from the Town of Niagara Police Department will begin field training and hit the streets immediately. The new hires represent the top 15 candidates on a brand new civil service list.

“We’re doing this, really, out of necessity,” DalPorto said. “We need to fill patrol cars and we can used (non-certified recruits) in the jail and booking and put certified officers, who are there now, on the streets.”

The recruits who are assigned to booking and the jail will going into the police academy in the fall, after he current class graduates. 

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