Gloversville gets new police officer

GLOVERSVILLE – City Police Chief Donald VanDeusen introduced a new police officer and updated the Common Council on the progress of the new camera system during the meeting on Monday.

On Aug. 4, Ronald S. Reu joined the Police Department as an entry level police officer and was appointed by Mayor Dayton King on the recommendation of VanDeusen.

Reu is a Gloversville resident and a certified police officer. He completed police officer basic school at Zone 5 Training Academy. Between February 2012 and this month, he worked part-time and temporary positions with the Northville Police Department and Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.

Reu fills a vacancy created in June when an officer resigned from the department.

The department will once again be at full strength, with 30 members, after the hiring of Reu.

Reu will enter the department at a starting annual salary of $37,544, Capt. John Sira said.

“I personally look forward to a long, quality and productive working relationship with Ron and I think the city can look forward to that also,” VanDeusen said at the meeting.

New cameras

Police will upgrade the camera system throughout the city using $21,000 given to the department by the federal government.

VanDeusen said the new cameras will be up in about four to six weeks, and the Department of Public Works is working on the wiring needed for the cameras to be installed.

The chief said the Homeland Security funds – administered by the Fulton County Fire Coordinator – would cover the expense to install a new computer server and operating system at the department. He also said there is enough money for an additional five cameras that will be installed in new locations throughout the city.

Some of those locations include: the Farmers Market Pavilion, the intersections of North Main Street and Fifth Avenue, East Fulton Street and Allen Street, East Fulton Street and Fremont Street and an additional camera for the Four Corners intersection.

“The one that currently is there pans, so it may not catch everything, so we are putting a second camera there to cover any blind spots,” VanDeusen said.

He said the upgrade also will address the problem the department had with some cameras not regularly working because of the new operational system. VanDeusen said the new camera system also will allow the department to view any of the cameras from a computer or smartphone at any time.

With the addition of the five new cameras, there will be a total of 12 cameras throughout the city, the chief said.