GLOVERSVILLE - The city Police Department soon will be at full strength, with 30 members, after the hiring of a new police officer.
Jillian D. Faville will join the department effective Sunday. Her hiring is a lateral transfer from the Herkimer County Sheriff's Department, where she worked as a deputy.
She will enter the department at a starting annual salary of $37,544, Chief Donald VanDeusen said.
Faville has already completed academy training and only has to complete 26 weeks of field training within the department before she will be a full-fledged patrol officer, VanDeusen said.
"She will be required to complete the same task as any officer here, but I think it does give us diversity in some of the tasks that she will be able to handle that we previously had to outsource to other agencies for," VanDeusen said, citing searches of female suspects and supervision of women in police custody as examples. "... She won't be working 24/7, but the times she is here, we no longer will have to outsource, which will be beneficial to the department."
Faville's first day of work will be Monday. She will be the first woman on the city police force since October 1994, when Marjorie Jones retired from the department, according to a news release from the Police Department.
"Having a full department gives us the opportunity to give our maximum to the public and increase our visibility throughout the city," VanDeusen said. "You can't measure how much activity you may deter out there just by being a visible presence."
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