By Terry Rogers
Milford Police Department has reached full staff with the hiring of six new officers, according to Chief Kenneth Brown. Chief Brown introduced the officers at the regular meeting of City Council on Monday, April 11.
“We have had no retirements this year so, with the hiring of these officers we are finally at full staff,” Chief Brown said. “We are looking for part-time dispatchers as two of our regular dispatchers are pregnant and due to give birth around the same time, but other than that we are done hiring.”
Brandon Hartlove began working with Milford Police Department in October 2015. Patrolman Hartlove came to Milford from Milton Police Department where he served for almost two years. Patrolman Hartlove attended the Delaware Police Academy and now acts as a Patrolman on the C Shift with Milford.
Michael Crew was a Patrolman in Milford previously, having been hired in 2014, after serving with the University of Delaware Police Department. He left MPD in June 2015, but returned to the police force in March 2016. Officer Crew is proactive in DUI enforcement and is a member of our Special Operations Group (SOG).
Cory Swan is an example of officers moving up in the ranks at Milford as he worked as a seasonal officer in 2012. He was hired by Milford and started the Delaware State Police Academy in September 2015. Officer Crew is in the Field Training Program and is on track to be released to the department at the end of the month.
Sean Hudson came to Milford from the Harrington Police Department, where he served for six years. He graduated from the Wilmington Police Academy and is currently in the Field Training Program. He should be released from that program by the end of the week.
Coming from the Keyser Police Department in West Virginia, Tel Clayton is currently training to become Delaware certified after serving in West Virginia for two years. Once he is certified, Officer Clayton will enter the Field Training Program.
Jonathan Ricketts began working for MPD in July 2010 after attending the Delaware State Police Academy. In June 2014, he resigned to work in the private sector, returning to MPD in March 2016. He should be released from the Field Service Program at the end of April.
“I am thrilled to report that the department is full staff,” Chief Brown said. “Once we have trained additional part-time dispatchers to help fill the void while our others are out, we will be officially full-staffed.”
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