Worcester police push for more manpower

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WORCESTER —  Police Chief Gary J. Gemme asked the city manager for at least 15 new police recruits last month, but it looks like he could end up with at least 20.

At a Public Safety Committee meeting yesterday, City Councilors William J. Eddy, Michael J. Germain and Philip P. Palmieri heard the chief’s projections of upcoming retirements and his recounting of past statistics and concluded that 15 new officers might not be enough to replace the 15 expected vacancies through 2015. In this fiscal year, for instance, there were five unexpected retirements already, Chief Gemme said.

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