The Clayton Police Department will soon have a few more officers on the streets of Clayton, according to Police Chief Chris Thorsen.
Chief Thorsen said the Department recently experienced the loss of several officers over the last few months. Four left to work at other local law enforcement agencies to further their careers, obtain new opportunities not available in a small police department (e.g. detective; SWAT; K-9, etc.), in addition to more pay.
Thorsen said one Officer has been out on work injury for an extended period of time, and this has left them with five working officers out of an authorized strength of ten.
“We have hired three officers to replace those who left. Our most recent hire is scheduled to begin his career in Clayton on June 16. The remaining two vacancies are at the Sergeant rank, and we are holding a promotional exam later this month and hope to have the positions filled shortly thereafter“, Thorsen said.
“We have hired staff to fill all our police officer vacancies, they are in various stages of their training program. Typically, the field training for a police officer is 12 weeks in length. I expect the first of our new officers will complete the training program in the end of July or early August“, Thorsen said.
Thorsen said they have also discussed the possibility of having the Concord Police Department staff all or part of the graveyard patrol function until they get back up to full field deployment.