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Deerfield police promotions create department’s first sergeants

— For the first time, the Deerfield Police Department has sergeants.

Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. recommended Deerfield Officers Harry Ruddock and Michael Krusiewski become the town’s first sergeants.

“Over the past few months I have been observing all full-time personnel,” Paciorek told the selectmen at a recent meeting. “I have looked for many natural traits displayed by full-time officers: honesty, competence, inspiring, intelligent, optimistic and goal oriented. I have found that both Harry and Michael have each and every one of these traits.” It is the first time the Deerfield Police Department has had sergeants. In the past, the department had squad leaders under former Chief David Bell.

Paciorek recommended the promotions to assist with management of the department.

“As two sergeants are put in place, it creates a smaller span of control,” Paciorek said.

Before the two new positions, the Police Department was made up of one chief, eight full-time officers and 15 part-time officers.

The two sergeants will see an increase in salary to $25.84 per hour, which will amount to a $53,000 annual base salary.

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