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Report says more officers needed in Nashua
"What we should have is 87.5 functional officers," Pease said. During December 2012, the department had only 77 functional officers as part of the patrol division, but it has since increased its strength to 83 functioning patrol officers, Pease said.
Before Police Chief John Seusing or the Nashua Police Commission make any formal recommendation for additional hires, Seusing said it is important to review how many civilian roles are being filled by sworn officers.
If additional officers are approved, Seusing said the department should be focusing its manpower on Main Street, the downtown area and the Tree Streets community.
Lima said overtime costs have been reduced since six patrol officers were added. He also said the number of functioning officers fluctuates, adding the force is currently at the high mark with just two officers in training or at the academy.
The comprehensive workload assessment report is about 30 pages and is still being finalized. Once the report is complete, Commissioner Thomas Pappas, board chairman, said it will be made available to the public and to the Board of Aldermen for review.
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