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N.Y. Town Loses Half Its Police Force to Sheriff's Office

June 05, 2014  | 

Half of the Ticonderoga (N.Y.) Police Department's full-time officers have left the department to take jobs with the Warren County (N.Y. ) Sheriff's Office in recent weeks, prompting the town supervisor to express concerns about police coverage for the summer and question whether his department was targeted by the bigger police agency, reports the Glens Falls Post-Star.

Three of six officers, including the Police Department's sergeant and investigator, resigned over the past five weeks to take higher-paying jobs as road patrol officers with the Sheriff's Office.

"We lost two-thirds of our administrative staff and half of our department," Ticonderoga Supervisor William Grinnell said. "It's unconscionable that one department would do that to another."

Warren County Sheriff Bud York said his office did not target the Ticonderoga Police Department, but the three officers who were hired were the most qualified applicants. He said the Sheriff's Office has lost officers to the State Police and other higher-paying agencies, and it is part of the business.

"If availability isn't there, I won't mind (doing) patrols," Chief Mark Johns told the Press-Republican. "We did recruit a lateral transfer from Essex County Sheriff's Department who starts next week, but we remain two officers down."

Tags: Recruiting, Ticonderoga (N.Y.) PD, Warren County (N.Y.) Sheriff


Comments (7)

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KevCopAz @ 6/5/2014 5:07 PM

Perhaps the Ticonderoga PD should either raise the play of their department or change whatever working conditions would cause the best of their department to flee to the Sheriff. In my 30+ years of police work it has always appeared that City PD pay the best, followed by County then the State agencies. May not be the same back east but it is here. I suspect the PD pays little and treated the officers badly or why else would they have left? So Mr Mayor and Police Chief you need to look in the mirror to see what this happened and not attack the officers who left or the Sheriff for getting the best cops he can get.

Retired NY Boss @ 6/5/2014 5:23 PM

Ticonderoga is a small town in upstate NY. The pay is ok, but the Sheriff Depts, which are the primary LE agencies up there, have bigger budgets.

TheRookie @ 6/5/2014 8:52 PM

Small town politics. Appointed Chief & working at the Will & Pleasure of the Town Council & Supervisor is not enjoyable. In that case it's always better to work for an elected Sheriff with larger agency & bigger budget in a larger geographical area.

Jack Betz @ 6/6/2014 2:38 AM

Be interesting to ask the officers involved just why they quit.

hospitalchief @ 6/6/2014 4:51 AM

Jack proposes a good question! Ask those who left and maybe the town will find the problem and fix it.

Capt. Crunch @ 6/6/2014 9:46 AM

Grass always looks greener on the other side.

billue @ 6/11/2014 5:31 AM

there complaining and then turn around and do the same thing to another department. lol

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