“It’s exactly the kind of thing that we want to come out of the task force,” Miller said.
Nayor said officers who left the department this year had opportunities to earn more money, be closer to their hometown or other reasons that didn’t include dissatisfaction with working in the department.
The Oneonta Police Department continues to reinvent itself.
Nayor was sworn in as police chief April 29, 2012. He took the reins from an interim chief hired after the department wrestled with separate cases charging police brutality and on-duty patrol officers allegedly involved in a sex scandal.
Nayor, who started with the department 19 years ago and moved up the ranks, has been emphatic that only top quality candidates will be hired to be Oneonta police. He continues to work on policies toward certification of the department by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, a program with 132 standards in categories such as administration, training and operations.
The Oneonta Police Department is authorized for 27 positions, ranging from patrol officers to chief. The Common Council last year cut the department’s authorization by one position to save money, and the mayor formed a task force to consider the department’s future.
The department now has 12 patrol officers, plus two recruits in training, four patrol sergeants, three detectives, a detective sergeant, a lieutenant and a chief.
The department has two vacancies for patrol officers, Nayor said. Successful applicants for the department must be of excellent moral character, physically fit and psychologically sound.
The city will have a Civil Service Commission exam for police officers on Nov. 16, the city website said, and applications must be postmarked or received by city officials by 4 p.m. Oct. 11.
The 12-hour trial period applies to patrol officers but not to detectives, who are PBA members, or sergeants, who have a separate union.