June 29, 2022

Deep River Advertises for New Full-Time Police Officer

DEEP RIVER— The town is seeking applications for a new full-time police officer position that could be filled by this fall. The closing date for applications is June 28.

First Selectman Richard Smith said this week that he is “think long term,” in posting the new position, even though no members of the town’s current force of one full-time and two part-time officers have immediate plans to retire. Smith serves as one of the two part-time officers, along with Peter Lewis, who also works as superintendent of the town’s waste water treatment plan. The full time officer is local resident Raymond Sypher.

Smith said anticipated savings for the resident trooper position was one factor in the decision to seek applications for a new full-time officer. The current resident state trooper, Dawn Taylor, holds a lower rank in the state police than the former trooper, allowing for some savings in the town’s salary payment to the state for the position. Taylor has served as the town’s resident state trooper since the end of March.

Smith said hiring a second full-time officer would allow for an undetermined reduction in hours for the two part-time positions, while also providing an increase in on-duty coverage hours for the town. Smith also noted he, Lewis, and Sypher have held the police jobs for many years, and could be approaching retirement decisions.

The town is seeking applicants who are P.O.S. T. (Police Officer Standards and Training Council) certified, meaning the applicant has already worked as a police officer and would not require the full initial months-long training at the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden. The advertisement for the position refers to “recently retired officers or troopers.” The salary for the 32 hours per week position would be in the range of $44,000. Smith said the new officer could be hired this fall.