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Hollis police looking to hire more officers
During a joint budget workshop between the Budget Committee and selectmen Monday night, Hollis Police Chief James Sartell said he's hoping to fill the equivalent of two full-time patrol officers next year. The most likely scenario would be the hiring of part-time officers to fill those hours.
Sartell said the department has "had some unique staffing issues" recently, with retirements, resignations and officer sick leave resulting in the department running at emergency staffing levels over the past year.
Right now, there are 11 active police officers in Hollis, though 15 officers are the ideal number, Sartell said.
The rural police force has seen increases in crime. Sartell said there's been a 9 percent increase in "total crimes against persons" and a 15 percent increase in "total crimes against society" this past year.
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