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|Police request new pistols, increased salaries|
|Written by Gillian Smith|
|Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:21|
The Police Department is requesting $3,133,797 for the Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) Bud- get, as presented to the Selectmen Monday night.
Police Chief Matthew Clancy and Deputy Chief Stephen McDonald presented the proposed budget to the board, highlighting the various changes to the department in the past couple of years and the increase in expenses that will be realized as the department settles into the new facility on Mayflower Street.
The proposed budget in- cludes $396,619 in administrative salaries, up from $393,369 in FY14; $1,756,626 in police salaries, up from $1,748,905 in FY14; $4,800 in specialty pay; $86,654 in clerical salaries, up from $83,221 in FY14; for a total contract/salary request of $2,260,199. The proposed salary for Chief Clancy is $133,250, or a 2.5 percent in- crease. There is no requested salary increase for the deputy chief or two lieutenants.
Proposed operational costs include $151,091 for training police, $36,179 for court costs, $17,711 for events and $37,951 for investigations.
In his proposal, Clancy said the salary requests reflect step increases for two patrol officers and merit increases for clerical and administrative staff. The budget does not include cost of living increases for the two police la- bor groups.
Clancy presented a slideshow to the board highlighting the various changes over the past few years, including the new building, demolition of the old station on West Street, the retirement of K9 officer Zar and instatement of K9 Delta, who utilized his training recently on patrol during the World Series in Boston.
Noteworthy trends around town include decreases in domestic assault cases, traffic accidents, vandalism and assaults, and a significant increase (39 percent) in burglar- ies. The department is divided into four divisions with 31 authorized full time officers, 29 of whom are funded and two who are unfunded. Daily pa- trols include random patrols through the three separate geographical sectors of town, traffic enforcement, community services and criminal investigations. With the space in the new station, the department has been able to set up identification and crash units, as well as a testing lab.
Capital budget items include buying new pistols for officers and a new command car. If the pistols are not funded, it will cost about $12,000 for the pistol repair kits.
In the future, Clancy said he would like to develop the investigation division by hiring another investigator. This position is a necessity to the department, he said, because of the recent increase in cyber crime, including phone and email scams, that target senior citizens.
Overall, the proposed budget is a 2.5 percent increase over the FY15 budget.