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Failure to provide adequate resources is neither prudent nor acceptable

Potsdam considers police force size

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The Potsdam Village Board opened a public discussion on the size of the police force last night.

Two positions have remained unfilled since one sergeant resigned last year, and another was promoted to chief. That's prompted questions about how big a police force the village needs.

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Natasha Haverty
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Ten people spoke at last night’s meeting; eight community members, current chief of police Kevin Bates, and former fire chief Joe Gallagher.

They both want the force restored to its former strength. Gallagher was vehement, "Failure to provide adequate resources is neither prudent nor acceptable, considering the potential consequences of working perpetual long hours as well as being under-staffed."

More policeman and firefighters lined the back of the room.

Sentiments were split as residents spoke. Concerns about the size of the force ranged from cost to quality, and the burden of the large student population in the village.


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