Orangetown has hired its first certified Spanish-speaking police officer and has plans to hire a second. The town has been criticized for the past few years for being the only town police force without a Spanish-speaking officer.
Police Chief Kevin Nulty said he had been unable to hire a police officer who speaks the language because of town policy, which dictates that police officers must live in Orangetown at the time they’re hired. There were no Spanish speakers on the town list, Nutly said. On Monday, the Town Board passed a resolution allowing the hiring of an officer from the county’s Spanish-speaking list, which includes candidates from other towns.
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