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A decrease in manpower means increase of demand on Canton Police

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CANTON — The village police department has one less officer following the loss of one of its newer members of the force, increasing demands on personnel and raising costs in overtime for the department.

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

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

The complete village police force is currently comprised 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 is still off duty since he was assaulted while executing a mental health pickup order. The date of Mr. Mousaw’s 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 between three and 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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