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Move clears way for more police officers on streets in Utica

Jolene Cleaver
Staff writer
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Posted 3/9/22

UTICA — The Utica Board of Estimate and Apportionment on Monday passed a resolution which paves the way to add five police officers to the city’s police force. The measure, a routine transfer, …

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Move clears way for more police officers on streets in Utica

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UTICA — The Utica Board of Estimate and Apportionment on Monday passed a resolution which paves the way to add five police officers to the city’s police force.

The measure, a routine transfer, moves the money to fund the five officers which was previously authorized by the Utica Common Council in previous actions.

Per a resolution, the officers annual salary would be $49,288 each and be paid for using money secured through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 until December 31, 2024.

“A lot of people talk about police reform and gun violence, but not nearly as many take action,” said Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri on Tuesday.

“Last year, the City of Utica Advisory Committee did an outstanding job and put forward comprehensive reforms to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the community. To combat gun violence, the administration proposed increasing the police complement and funding the positions through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA),” the mayor said.

“The Administration’s proposal has now been approved by the Common Council and Board of Estimate and Apportionment. The increase of the police complement, as well as the Advisory Committee’s police reform initiatives, are positive steps in the right direction,” Palmieri added.

With the addition of the five officers, there Utica Police Department has an authorized strength of 111 officers, officials said.

According to reports, it is the first change to the number of members on the force since 2011 when the department’s authorized strength was decreased.

New members are expected to attend the police academy
in May, according to city
officials.

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