BRONXVILLE, N.Y. Three police officers have been hired by the Bronxville Police Department since June and two additional hires are expected shortly, as officials work to maintain a full police force to provide adequate protection for the village.
Martin Dentini, a four-year veteran of the Mount Vernon Police Department, became a Bronxville police officer this week following the approval of his appointment by the village Board of Trustees on Monday. Police Officers Christopher Blessington and Michael Lewis joined the force June 12.
Blessington served five years as an officer with the Town of Chester Police Department and two years with the New York City Police Department. Lewis was with the Village of Highland Falls Police Department for five years, Bronxville Police Chief Christopher Satriale said.
I am excited to add three experienced and very, very high-quality individuals as officers to the department, Satriale said. They provide us the opportunity to reduce the training period and get them out on their own quickly. They have already been accepted by their peers here and bring in a new, different level of energy to our department.
Five spots on the force became open over the past year, as three officers retired and two who had joined the Bronxville Police Department following layoffs in White Plains and North Castle chose to return to their former departments when the opportunity arose, Satriale said.
Bronxville officials are looking to fill two remaining spots soon to bring the force to its full complement of 22 officers.
Anytime we fall short, we aggressively recruit to fill the open spots, Satriale said. Any shortage leaves us with the issue of overtime and fewer officers per shift, so the quicker we can fill the work slots, the better.
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