No more choosing between officers on the beat or officers in the schools. Now the Troy Police Department can do both. Our Megan Cruz explains.
TROY, N.Y. -- "Service, trust, professionalism," said Troy Police Commissioner Anthony Magnetto, guidelines for the newest members of Troy's finest.
On Tuesday, three new officers were sworn in: Richard Kempter, Kristen Spinnato, and Michael Bourdon, bringing Troy's force to 130 strong.
"Three police officer positions in this day and age, the economy the way it is, being funded is a big plus for us," said Magnetto.
The Department was awarded a federal COPS grant back in November. The $375,000 was to pay for the city's three School Resource Officers for about three years. Prior to this funding, three patrol positions had to be cut to pay for the resource officers.
"The grant enables us to take those positions that were vacated to fill the school resource officer positions and get them back on regular patrol," said Magnetto.
Less than 12 hours before they were sworn in, a 24-year-old man was shot on 4th and Ferry Streets in the city. Magnetto says three might not sound like a lot, but they could have made a difference Monday night.
"You'll be surprised," he said. "A three or four man detail at certain times of the day, say 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in particular areas where there may have been some violence, that's where you see the real impact."
Starting Wednesday, the new hires will head off to the Police Academy, followed by 13 weeks of training with Troy PD. They should be on the streets some time in October.