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14 Police Officer Applicants to be Vetted

Naugatuck seeking to fill six positions this year as senior borough officers leave under an early retirement program.

The Police Commission finalized on Tuesday a list of 14 applicants for patrol officer jobs at the .

The commission voted during its regular meeting this week to have all of the applicants undergo thorough background checks, which is the last major component before the departments settle on their final choices for six open positions.

The 14 selected candidates have already gone through all their initial testing for the jobs, such as a physical aptitude test and oral examination. The salaries for police officers run between $57,010.19-$63,810.89.

The department is undergoing a large personnel change as eight senior members — lieutenants, sergeants and the sole captain — .

The move is part of an agreement reached between the police union and the borough government where, in exchange for early retirement, the union agreed to an overhaul of the officers’ pension plans.

From now on, new police hires will have pensions that are more akin to the private sector's 401(k) plans. The change is expected to save the borough money in the long run.

With the staggered departure of these higher-ups, the management positions will be filled internally. Meanwhile, Naugatuck is seeking applicants for the lower jobs.

Already one detective and a lieutenant have left and Capt. Jeremiah Scully is expected to leave by the end of the month.

after vetting roughly eight candidates in the background check, said Steven Smith, chairman of the Police Commission.

It’s unclear, however, exactly how many new hires will be brought on this year, because apart from the early retirements there are also other officers that are leaving the department after serving their due 25 years, .

But with two officer positions already filled that means at least six other jobs are still open, if not more.

“I would think it depends on how many slots they’re trying to immediately fill,” Smith said. “There’s a need this year to fill eight positions so that’s why we put forth a list of 14, so hopefully if they all get through the department will have a list to pull from.”

pat February 24, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Why is the starting salary so low?
Snoopy February 24, 2012 at 01:02 PM
For the way they talk to people salary is FAR to high. Vetting process did not mention communication skills or a mental health evaluation unfortunatey.
Jim February 24, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Low? $57k is not a bad starting salary for someone just starting their career and that figure does not factor in the thousands more that will probably be available due to working overtime. There are not a lot of jobs in the private sector paying as much for entry level positions without at least an advanced college degree. When you add in job security which you don't get in the private sector plus the ability for advancement to more lucrative salaries within the department, it's a pretty good deal.
Ronald DeRosa (Editor) February 24, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Snoopy, It might not be detailed in the actual story but I do believe the mental health evaluation is part of the process. I'll find out for sure though and try and get back to you. - RD, editor
pat February 25, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Clearly sarcasm Jim. The starting salary for an NYPD officer is 34,900. Now that's a bargain.
Jim February 25, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Apparently not as clear as you thought. By the way, I'm not sure where you got your NYPD numbers from but they may be a bit old. The starting salary is now at least $45,000 and maybe more as the info at this website is two years old. http://nypdrecruit.com/benefits-salary/overview
Lynn February 25, 2012 at 04:23 AM
But Jim, the salary is still enticing being that Naugatuck is a borough and NYPD numbers whom on a daily basis risk soooo much more start at least $45,000 per your post.... Not including overtime plus any private duty pay which has been occurring often here lately due to various street projects....

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