GLOVERSVILLE — City police had a busy weekend.
Between Friday and Sunday, 15 people were arrested by city police officers, and the department responded to more than 100 calls for service.
Police Capt. James Lorenzoni said while the number of calls handled was unusually high, as the weather gets warmer heading into the summer there is more of a chance for a busy weekend.
“There are going to be larger numbers of people out and about throughout the weekend, and at all hours of the night,” Lorenzoni said.
Another notable aspect of the arrests, Lorenzoni said, was how many involved alcohol. More alcohol-related offenses probably will occur as the weather gets warmer, he said.
Just in time to help with the possible increase in cases, the Police Department has more patrol officers.
Lorenzoni said an officer who had previously worked at the department was hired as a patrol officer last month. A second officer, who also has worked at the department previously, will start work as a patrol officer July 6.
In April, the council approved the addition of two patrol officers.
While the department has 31 police officers, only 16 patrol officers are available. The others have administrative positions or are inactive because of training, military service or other reasons.
The additional officers will cost at least $77,000 for a full year, but city officials have noted the cost for one officer will be offset by the June 30 retirement of Police Chief John Harzinski.
Police officials have said the size of the patrol staff limits how the department can handle crime.
Lorenzoni said the department already has started focusing on increasing patrols around the city.
He noted that a couple of the arrests over the weekend involved officers on bicycle patrol.
Rodney Minor covers Gloversville news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.