Caz Police Department makes improvements, saves money

The Cazenovia Police Department has been busy lately. Improvements have been made to the office space at 90 Albany St., the officers and their equipment. Many of the enhancements the department underwent have greatly increased productivity, personnel knowledge and station equipment; all while keeping costs to a minimum.

"In today's day and age, we have to make sure we are being fiscally responsible," said Chief of Police Michael A. Hayes. "We understand that we spend taxpayers' money; so everyday we examine the costs that we can control."

Five officers and two station operators of the Cazenovia Police Department recently attended a four-day radar speed enforcement training program, put on for free at the Mohawk Valley Police Academy. Upon the completion of the session and a written test, each faculty member is certified in the use of radar technology.

Having sent a number of his staff to the training program, Chief Hayes worked double-shifts during the week of April 13 without overtime compensation in an attempt to keep costs down. Hayes covered the shifts himself; rather than paying officers for overtime, or part-time employees to fill in.

Savings generated by the shift coverage allowed for improvements to be made to the Cazenovia Police Department's office, in the back of the Municipal Building at 90 Albany St. The space was recently given a fresh coat of paint, new flooring was installed and a new desk was built and moved into Hayes's office. All of the aesthetic improvements were completed by workers from the Madison County Department of Social Services, free of charge. The materials, which amounted to $1,500, were bought locally in the Village of Cazenovia paid for with department funds.

"The savings we were able to create were used to remodel the office, which makes for a more professional and productive work environment," Hayes said.

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