NEW BERLIN – The Town of New Berlin Police Department’s annual report for 2009 shows more arrests, more traffic tickets and more calls than in the last two years.
Officer in Charge Dominick Commesso has been the administrator of the department since the previous police chief was excused in 2008 by the Town of New Berlin Board.
Commesso directs five other part-time officers who cover 92 hours of every week, working a rotating schedule that includes nights and holidays.
“I’m a believer in having police on duty when they can make the most impact. That means having late night shifts on the weekend and scheduling officers to be active when criminal activity tends to happen. It might be easier for us to work a nine to five shift, but that’s not what the community pays us to be here for. We’re here to do the best job we can with the resources we’ve got,” said Commesso.
All of the officers working at the New Berlin Police are part-time; some only help the agency during annual events or to fulfill special state grant programs such as Buckle Up New York and Stop DWI, which pay local departments for the additional staff to be on patrol without additional cost to the town’s taxpayers.
Each of the officers at the New Berlin Police also work at other area police departments, including the Norwich PD, the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office, the Owego PD and the Binghamton University Police. Altogether, the staff has more than three decades of combined law enforcement experience.