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By Fred Hanson
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Nov 18, 2008 @ 07:11 AM

RANDOLPH -

In the largest hiring in 22 years, Randolph selectmen Monday night appointed 10 new police officers.
The appointments will bring the department to a total of 62 officers, and most of the new officers should be on the streets next summer.
Police Chief Paul Porter said the appointments will give the department one more officer than it had in 2000, when budget restrictions began to reduce the department's manpower.
"It's going to do a lot for the department and a lot for the community," Porter said in an interview after the meeting.
The candidates who pass physicals and agility tests will enter a 26-week training program at the Boston Police Academy on Dec. 8.
When they complete the academy and a local training program, they will work with veteran officers for several weeks, Porter said.
One of the new officers, Gregory Foley, is a Harvard University police officer and has completed his academy training. He will assume regular duties after completing a local training program, the chief said.
Six of the patrolman jobs were funded by a $411,322 Proposition 2½ override approved by voters at the April 1 town election. Two other positions were approved by town meeting, and the others are to fill vacancies.
Board members spent two nights interviewing candidates in closed-door meetings. The board was originally seeking to fill eight jobs, but decided to add two more to bring the department to full staffing.
Selectmen Chairman Paul Connors and Selectman Maureen Kenney said the board should stick with hiring eight officers, citing budget uncertainty and an unsettled contract with police unions.
Kenney said that while she would like to hire 10 new officers, "I think we have to be fiscally prudent on this one."
Connors agreed, saying it would not be wise to hire 10 officers now, given the state's financial situation. He felt it would be a "disservice" to hire people who may be laid off in a few months.
Selectman James Burgess favored hiring 10 officers, feeling that public safety would be a priority even in difficult financial times.
Selectman Paul Fernandes said voters and town meeting voted to fund a certain number of police officers. "These two votes were to put more officers on the street," Fernandes said. "We need to uphold that."
Porter said his budget can cover the salaries of the officers in the academy while maintaining at least four officers patrolling the town in marked cars around the clock.
Appointed were: Foley, Stephen Ayers, Charles Boudreau, Brian Flaherty, Christopher Illescas, Adam Joyce, Michael O'Neill, James Saturne, Anargyros Siempos and Daniel Zaiter.

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