Niagara Gazette — “Ideally, we would like (the entire class of recruits) to go the academy full-time, but we’re not dealing with the ideal here,” DalPorto said. “And my goal is to get the most officers out on the streets.”
When the recruits assigned to the jail and booking begin attending the police academy, they’ll do it part-time so they can continue to work their headquarters assignments. While that means it will take them longer to complete the academy training, DalPorto said the department will benefit from their continued work in booking and the jail.
Mayor Paul Dyster said the superintendent’s plan is a creative way to address manpower issues.
“I think it’s innovative and I think it’s an example of the leadership he’s bringing to the department,” Dyster said.
In addition to swearing-in the new rookie class, DalPorto has made numerous reassignments and promotions of department personnel in his first six months on the job. He called the changes “exciting.”
“The hiring of the new officers and all the promotions we’ve had has allowed us to move the department in the direction I wanted,” DalPorto said. “And that is to be more community oriented and better at problem solving.”