PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. Down in staff numbers from previous years, the Pleasantville Police Department is being forced to patrol the same area of the village with fewer officers, law enforcement officials said.
What happens is the officers have to be here more, they have to work overtime and theyre spending less time with their families so its tough on them, said Pleasantville Police Chief Richard Love.
Cutbacks, retirements and long-term injuries depleted the department to 17 active officers as of six weeks ago. Love said that, in recent memory, the Department had as many as 26 officers. However, the department was able to hire Officer Thomas Woods and, most recently, Officer Erin Holly.
Although Love said he doesnt see the Department getting its staff numbers up much higher due to budget constraints, it is a step in the right direction.
Because of economic times I dont think well ever be back to what we were, Love said. But were doing our job and the residents are safe.
Village Administrator Patti Dwyer echoed Loves thoughts.
Its unclear right now how long it will take for the Department to get back up to speed but these hires are filling a vacancy and a need, Dwyer said.
Ideally, Love said he would like to hire two more officers with one being a full-time walking officer on duty within the villages business district.
Holly was sworn in at a Nov. 14 Board of Trustees meeting. She comes to Pleasantville after serving four years with the Mount Vernon Police Department and is the first female officer in Pleasantville in 10 years. Woods was sworn in in early October after previously serving as an officer in the New York City Police Department.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.