June 21, 2024


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New London Police Union urges city to cancel Sailfest; mayor reassures safety

NEW LONDON — Although the New London Police Union has urged town administrators to terminate the city’s Sailfest in July above staffing and other considerations, Mayor Michael Passero said Saturday that prolonged-term preparing really should make for a harmless function.

“We share their problems,” Passero stated, “but we really don’t believe it is heading to have a content affect on Sailfest functions. We have had staffing concentrations this low in other many years.

“The city has set this festival on for in excess of 50 many years now. I really do not think people know what a large scheduling operation it is.”

The law enforcement union’s letter, signed by president Joshua Bergeson and vice president David Diogo, was posted on its Facebook page this 7 days. The publish explained the letter was sent March 22.

The letter claims the July 8-10 celebration could bring more than 300,000 people today to the city and the department, just before numerous anticipated retirements in the meantime, has only 59 sworn officers.

“While other town departments only have to employees and operate the Sailfest event,” the letter claimed, “the police section has to organize and operate 3 different functions in the course of this occasion, regular patrol operations, traffic, and the downtown venue.”

The office has relied on mutual aid from other law enforcement departments, but they have their own staffing challenges, the letter stated, expressing issues about past incidents at the occasion.