Committee discusses police department vacancy

NORWICH – A vacancy in the City of Norwich Police Department has created a gap in the 12-hour shift schedule - which is currently being covered by overtime - and according to Police Chief Joseph Angelino, if it is not filled, it could cause scheduling problems.

Angelino went before the members of the Finance/Personnel Committee on Tuesday to ask to fill the position left by Officer James Samuelson, who recently transferred to another department. Angelino said since the position was vacated about a week ago, the department has already seen 24 hours of overtime. “Because the schedule is so tight, this is what happens,” the chief said.

Sixth Ward Alderman Robert Jeffrey asked whether the shift had to be covered.

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