Windsor Police Department to hire 3 new officers in 2017
November 26, 2016
Lt. Craig Dodd said in over 30 years of policing, the industry has changed but his motivations haven't.
"My motivation and reasons for why I do this haven't changed," he said Tuesday. "If anything, I care more now. Sometimes after being on the force desensitizes you, but I have become more compassionate."
Dodd took on the position of Administrative Lt. with the Windsor Police Department in October, Three months after Chief Rick Klimek was announced as the new police chief. Dodd said that with Klimek's vision for the department, positive changes are happening, including hiring on three new officers in 2017.
The department is undergoing an internal audit, examining areas where the department can become more modern and efficient, with systems such as paperless police reports.
“The goal is to make the police representative of the community Lt. Craig Dodd
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Dodd said that hiring new positions is part of representing growth in the community. He said that in recruiting, the department is hoping to acquire a variety of applicants and hopefully female applicants.
"The goal is to make the police representative of the community," he said.
The Windsor Police Department appeals to officers who want opportunities with community policing. He said about 50 percent of a Windsor officer's time is committed time — time spent responding to calls. The other half of an officers time is used giving presentations in the community, working with schools and other opportunities of being in the community.
He said in other departments, committed time is closer to 70 or 80 percent of an officer's time. He also noted that new hires are able to be put on the job faster in Windsor than in other departments. When background checks and hiring procedures could take about six to eight months in other departments, he said Windsor is able to complete the process in only a couple months.
Dodd said that his transition into the Windsor Police Department from Fort Collins was smooth, and that this is the perfect time to join an improving department of passionate officers.
"I feel like I've landed in heaven," he said. "All of us work here because we truly believe Windsor is a destination town. We wouldn't want to work anywhere else."