Dept. Chief John Seusing
Nashua high school, traffic officers back on the job after emergency funds transferred to Police Department
NASHUA – Nashua high schools were fully stocked with school resource officers again Thursday after an emergency addition to the Police Department budget was approved Tuesday.
Police Chief John Seusing said the SRO he pulled from Nashua High School North returned to the school Thursday and a patrol officer was dispatched to help the SRO at Nashua High School South.
The second SRO at South had requested a transfer, he said, so a uniform officer will assist at the school until a full-time replacement is found.
The Problem Oriented Police and Traffic Enforcement units also went back to their normal duties Thursday, Seusing said, thanks to the $178,000 aldermen moved into the department’s overtime budget earlier this week.
“With this transfer, we feel very comfortable that we now have some breathing room that will allow us to go back to full strength,” Seusing said.
Seusing had pulled one of the two SROs at each of the high schools to work full-time patrol shifts because a depleted patrol division has burned through the department’s overtime too quickly.
The department spent all but a fraction of the budget by December and transferred $450,000 into it from other parts of the budget before making the move to shift special patrols.
The $178,000 approved by aldermen brings the overtime budget to about $1.3 million and should last the rest of the fiscal year, which ends June 30, Seusing said.
Nothing’s a sure thing, though.
Seusing said any large event or investigation could tap the funds again, though now he has some wiggle room if something does happen.
Any type of long-term investigation, especially a homicide or other major crime in which the suspect isn’t arrested immediately, would have detectives and others working around the clock.
The same goes for hostage situations or barricaded subjects. Already this year, two activations of the department’s SWAT team – in Hollis in March and to assist the FBI with an arrest and search warrant on Gilson Road earlier this month – took a sizable chunk of the overtime funds, Seusing said.
“Between now and the first of July, something like that could easily happen,” he said. “That can certainly translate into a big expense. Who knows what that number would be?”
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