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City To Hire Four Police Officers, A Cadet

Mayor Christenson made the announcement during a meeting with constituents at the Oak Grove Community Center Monday night. Do you think the extra boots on the ground will help, or is it not enough?

Malden Mayor Gary Christenson told a crowd of about 45 residents at the Oak Grove Community Center that his administration will be moving forward to soon hire four new full-time police officers, as well as a new cadet.

The revelation came during one of the mayor's ward-wide crime meetings, in which he and representatives of the police department answer resident questions and concerns about crime.

Christenson nor his representatives were immediately available for comment Monday night, though Malden Patch will have more information as it becomes available Tuesday morning. 

David Marsters February 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I hope that they will be permanent not money from some government program and after the government stops paying their jobs are gone. It has happened in the past.
Anon February 28, 2012 at 01:40 PM
"Oh oh, looks like good news, how can I paint this in the most negative light possible?"
Joe Gray February 28, 2012 at 04:52 PM
A step in the right direction.
Chris Caesar February 28, 2012 at 06:22 PM
David, I spoke to the mayor during a press conference today and he specifically referenced your comment - he will propose a re-allocation of funds for the position, not any short-term grants or anything like that.
Max Payne February 28, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Christenson's spokesperson told the Globe article that they could be patrolling by 4/1 . Well considering the police academy is about 6 months long I don't see that happening. Should be interesting to see the last names of the people who get hired.
DannyBoy February 28, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Chris, from you comment, is it my understanding that this specific hiring was originally done through a federal or state grant, and that the mayor now wants to change its source of funding to be permanent?
Chris Caesar February 28, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Hey D. My understanding is that is how it was always planned, not in response to David's question (if I am understanding you correctly).
David Marsters February 28, 2012 at 09:23 PM
When I saw who was appointed as firefighters the last names were those of 3 firefighters fathers or cousin. I hope the city takes veterans first as it is by law?????????????????
Max Payne February 28, 2012 at 10:48 PM
It's not a law that veterans be hired first. They just have a preference on the civil service list. It doesn't guarantee you a job, just a chance at getting it. You still have to pass all the background checks.
David Marsters February 29, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Well what is the difference Max, Vets go ahead of non vets. What background checks???????????????
Diana February 29, 2012 at 03:51 PM
David, I'm pretty sure there are background checks to be a cop. If there weren't, that would truly be worthy of a dozen question marks.
cornucopia foods February 29, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Will there be a security detail when Ted Coates runs for the senate seat?
David Marsters March 01, 2012 at 01:04 AM
there is 15 question marks.

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