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Police Chief Baker outlines plans

James Baker, the new Rutland Police Chief, outlined his plans moving forward during the city Police Commission meeting Monday. Fighting crime and drugs, addressing a personnel shortage in his department and recruiting new officers were among his priorities.
City police as well as federal and state law enforcement officers have been aggressively pursuing crimes related to drugs in Rutland's neighborhoods as part of their "Fed Up" initiative.

One of the overarching problems Baker noted was that the police force has struggle around a shortage of officers. This has forced the department to pay overtime hours to fill many of it's shifts. Baker says recruiting new officers is challenging because the salaries are competitive comparatively.

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