Police department looking to fill void on force

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By Shannon Brock

The Taylorsville Police Department is currently down an officer and looking for seasonal officers to fill the void. In the meantime, the department is operating at less than 24-hour coverage a few days each week.
Chief Toby Lewis said Wednesday that all shifts are covered four to five days a week and that on the other days, only a few hours go by without someone on duty.
Lewis said there is no consistency to the shifts that aren’t covered, which he believes works in the department’s favor — if there is no pattern, there is no pattern for potential criminals to determine.
Former officer Thomas C. Schultz Jr. was dismissed by the Taylorsville City Commission in September following Schultz pleading guilty to second-degree wanton endangerment in Spencer District Court.
Schultz was one of five full-time officers. The department also has two part-time officers and one seasonal officer. However, the seasonal officer and one part-time officer devote a lot of their time to being school resource officers.
The police department, through the City of Taylorsville, is looking to hire additional seasonal officers, but had a low number of applicants when the position was first advertised.
Seasonal officers are employed for up to nine months of the year and, unlike part-time officers, there is no restriction to the number of hours they can work without requiring retirement pay and other benefits.
Last month, the City Commission voted to “cast a wider net” in looking for applicants, meaning it would advertise the vacancy in the Louisville area.
The commission was scheduled to meet Tuesday after press time. Any followup from that meeting will be in next week’s edition of The Spencer Magnet.
Lewis said the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and said that Taylorsville officers are only a phone call away if needed during the hours no officer is scheduled to be on duty.