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January 10, 2014

OPD promotes officer, extends schedule trial

Oneonta police and the city are have extended the trial period for 12-hour shifts, and an officer has been appointed sergeant to fill a vacancy.

Christopher Catapano has been promoted to police sergeant, effective Jan. 6, at a base salary of $59,954, according to a motion approved by the Oneonta Common Council this week.

Catapano fills a vacancy created when Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Jump retired last year, Lt. Douglas Brenner said, and the department continues to have five sergeants.

The Police Department Task Force continues its work, Brenner said. The three-month trial to test a change to 12-hours shifts for police officers has been extended, he said. Originally started in September and due for review at the end of last year, a three-month extension was approved.

The trial was started when the department was busiest with the return by college students to the city, Brenner said, and more time and information were needed for an evaluation of the switch from eight-hour shifts.

The department continues to adjust to turnover, and though no resignations or retirements are pending, several officer positions are are vacant, Brenner said. The city awaits results of the civil-service examination administered in November as the next step in seeking candidates.

Last year, the city lost four police staffers, including two to state police, one to the city of Greece and one to retirement, Brenner said, and meanwhile, three officers hired last year have progressed.

Officers David Schulte and Anthony Capristo, who attended a police academy last year, have completed field training and are able to patrol solo, Brenner said.

Scott Sheldon, also hired last year, will graduate from the Otsego County Law Enforcement Academy on Saturday, and continue with field training with Oneonta police, the lieutenant said.

The department is authorized for 27 positions, including three detectives, five sergeants, a lieutenant and a chief in addition to the patrol officers. 

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