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The Times
  • Little Falls to call for police investigator’s test

  • The Little Falls Police and Fire Board voted unanimously Monday to allow police Chief Michael Masi to request Herkimer County administer a police investigator’s Civil Service test.

    Masi said during a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon the test would likely be administered in June 2013 and would present the officers in the department an opportunity for promotion.

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  • The Little Falls Police and Fire Board voted unanimously Monday to allow police Chief Michael Masi to request Herkimer County administer a police investigator’s Civil Service test.
    Masi said during a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon the test would likely be administered in June 2013 and would present the officers in the department an opportunity for promotion.
    “The city has not filled the assistant chief’s position in a number of years, so outside of the sergeant positions there are no opportunities for promotional advancement in the police department,” he said. “The department currently has an officer assigned to investigations, and had an investigator position in the past, so this is an opportunity to create a new job title.”
    Masi said salary considerations for the position would be determined by the city’s Common Council.
    “The Police and Fire Board does not have the authority to set salary, so the Common Council and its finance committee will have to make that determination. With an officer currently assigned and performing the duties  of an investigator, it’s important to have the position created and the test administered. Those are priorities before the Common Council and union begin to talk salary.”
    Masi said other area police departments, including Herkimer and Ilion, have an investigator.
    “It’s an important position to have, and it offers a department flexibility. Not only can the investigator be assigned to investigations, but if needed, they can be assigned to cover open shifts. The investigator also knows he or she can be called in at any time — weekends, holidays, etc. It’s a demanding position, but it’s a position that allows an officer to advance their career.”
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