“If not, then I’m in favor of a townwide plan, but it would be up to me on how it would be set up.”
He is employed by the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and said corrections officers are peace officers just like police officers.
Walbridge proposes hiring some corrections officers part-time to act as meter maids, dispatchers and patrol officers for a townwide force.
The part-timers could not necessarily make arrests, “but they can hold people,” he said, and because the prison staff is covered by DOCCS insurance, there would be no insurance costs to the town and they would not be town employees.
He said he’d use this contracted part-time staff together with beefed up Neighborhood Watch initiatives.
According to the Franklin County Personnel office, police officers are Civil Service jobs that require the people to take qualifying examinations and finish in the top three slots to be eligible to accept a position.
They take extensive training at a police academy to earn their police-officer credentials.
Corrections officers also take a Civil Service exam, but they receive less formal training, serve as facility guards and cannot make arrests.
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