The Marshfield Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to hire two new full-time police officers Tuesday night.
Marshfield Police Captain Phil Tavares said the police department needs to hire the two new officers immediately, to help lower the overtime paid to officers that are covering for vacant positions.
“In order to reduce the overtime costs and provide better services to the town, we needed to move forward immediately with the appointment of two full-time officers, James Coolidge and Christopher Martin,” Tavares explained.
Marshfield police has lost several positions due to budget cuts, retirements and temporarily to military service.
“We’ve had two retirements recently and expect to have a couple more in the very near future. Another officer is on extended medical leave and there’s also another officer that will be going on military leave. So, our force has been depleted. It’s also been cut by three officers from where we were staffed several years ago,” Tavares said.
The two new police officers were sworn in during the selectmen’s meeting and will join the police force immediately.