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Decrease in manpower means increase in demand on Canton police force

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CANTON — The village police department is down by one officer following the loss of one of its newest members, increasing demands on personnel and raising costs in overtime for the department.

Daniel W. Ladouceur was sworn in to the force July 15 as a village patrolman. As of Wednesday, the department’s officer roster no longer carries his name. Mr. Ladouceur still was under the one-year probationary period for village officers.

Chief Lori M. McDougal and Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley declined to say why Mr. Ladouceur no longer was employed by the village, citing the matter as a personnel issue.

The complete village police force is composed of Ms. McDougal; three sergeants, James R. Santimaw, Basil W. Cheney and James W. Stone; and four officers, Robert Latimer, Andrew F. Dow, Christopher J. Flint and Kevin J. Mousaw.

Mr. Mousaw still is off duty after he was assaulted while executing a mental health pickup order on Jan. 14 at the Association for Neighborhood Rehabilitation. The date of his return to the force is still unknown.

Ms. Ashley said despite the personnel losses, the police department will have all shifts covered. She said overtime costs are certain to increase, although she could not estimate by how much.

“We need to cover the shifts and our chief has done a wonderful job doing that,” Ms. Ashley said.

She said the village will contact St. Lawrence County to get a list of potential replacements for Mr. Ladouceur based on a civil service list.

Ms. Ashley said the process to fill the position should take three to four weeks. In the meantime, initiatives to increase manpower include the part-time return of dispatcher Helen Hunt, who retired last month after 30 years with the force.

“The whole thing takes a little time, but public safety is a priority to our village board,” Ms. Ashley said.

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