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PAWTUCKET â€” As 2012 winds down, five new police officers were added to the Pawtucket Police Department to fill vacancies that have occurred through attrition.
In a quiet ceremony at Pawtucket City Hall on Wednesday, the five officer candidates, who all graduated earlier that day from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy, were sworn in by Director of Administration/Public Safety Director Antonio Pires. Pires explained that Mayor Donald Grebien, could not attend due to an illness.
According to Police Chief Paul King, the hiring of the five men brings the complement of police officers up to 143 from its existing figure of 138. He noted that the previous police contract called for 153 officers, but that many vacancies that occurred through retirements and other types of attrition have been left unfilled due to budgetary considerations.
Pires said that the cost of the five officers to attend the police academy and their salaries had been built into the current year's budget. He added that it is about a six-month process from when a police officer candidate begins training to the day when that person is sworn in. Following an invocation by Fr. Joseph Paquette, of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Church, the five officers were welcomed by King and had their badge pinned on them by a family member.
Among the new patrol officers are Patrick Quinn, Craig Letourneau, Douglas Harrington, Kyle Juckett, and Gregory Malo.
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