Budget cuts equal fewer Brewer police reception hours, deputy chief says

Posted July 09, 2013, at 5:12 p.m.
Last modified July 09, 2013, at 7:16 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Brewer Police Department leaders are trying to reduce costs for fiscal year 2013-14 and are cutting reception desk hours at the police station in order to save thousands, Deputy Chief Jason Moffitt said Tuesday.

“The Brewer Police Department has been forced to reduce operating hours at our reception desk,” the deputy chief said in an email. “Effective immediately, between noon and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays there will be no receptionist working.”

The move is designed to save the department about $7,000 over the next year, Finance Director Karen Fussell said Tuesday. The Police Department’s total budget is $1,714,00, she said.

“Citizens that come to the police department for assistance when the front desk is not manned can use the telephone in the entry vestibule to contact a dispatcher, who will dispatch an officer to assist them,” Moffitt said.

Requests for concealed weapons permit applications, accident reports, and non-urgent business should be made during business hours when the receptionist is on duty. A receptionist will be on duty 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Fridays.

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