Charlestown Police Department Facing Patrol Shortage; Chief Asks Council For Recruitment Help

Chief of Police Michael Paliotta had the opportunity Monday night to swear in Nicole Knapp, a Richmond resident who transferred into the department in December.

Despite the welcome addition to Charlestown, Paliotta later said the department is facing a shortage of patrol officers and is looking for help from the town to attract more qualified candidates to the force.

Upcoming retirements and some officers serving out military commitments are part of why Charlestown is set to see four members of the force — 25 percent of its patrol division — leave.

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