APD to hire four support officers, one IT staffer

Support officers to earn 40 to 50 per cent below top officer pay

Investigative Support Officers will do routine tasks like taking witness statements

The Abbotsford Police Department will hire five new staff members in 2016 but none will be regular police officers.

Instead, four will be investigative support officers and one will be an IT helpdesk position.

The new positions will be funded by a 0.87 per cent property tax increase.

Investigative support officers (ISOs) are not full police officers, and their pay grid is still being finalized. The current plan is to pay them 40 to 50 per cent less than a first-class constable, who makes $92,165 per year.

Const. Paul Walker said these new team members will do tasks like neighbourhood inquiries, retrieving video evidence, obtaining and collecting witness statements, and assisting in preliminary investigations.

“Although this type of work is incredibly important and necessary, it comes with lower risks and in many cases does not require a fully trained police officer,” he said. “By having the ISOs perform these duties, it will free up the time of our regular constables to focus on…higher risk tasks.”

The ISOs will be sworn in as special municipal constables, and they won’t have to “go through the exhaustive training and expense associated with a fully sworn police officer,” Walker added.

Another IT (information technology) position was requested because the APD has ramped up its use of technology in recent years.

“We have been straining the capacity of our internal IT staff,” said Walker. He said they’re opting to hire for a help desk position, with less pay and training than a full IT analyst, because it will free up the analysts to respond to more complicated matters.

This is the first batch of expanded hiring for the force since 2012. In 2013, four police positions and one civilian position were lost through attrition.

The tax increase will add $1.59 million to the APD’s yearly operating budget of over $40 million. In addition to the five new positions, the money will cover standard salary increases and increased costs for contracted services.

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Thanksgiving Day crash in Langley sent a few to hospital

No one believed seriously injured in head-on accident at 232nd Street and Fraser Highway

ON COOKING: Embrace the experience, from beginning to end

A passion for cooking can easily be rekindled according to this chef and culinary instructor

Langley pioneers remember heritage buildings

Ahead of November’s Douglas Day banquet, Fred Pepin speaks to importance of preserving local history

Turkeys avoid dinner plate at Thanksgiving meal in Aldergrove

Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary planned a vegan potluck dinner Sunday

Soroptimists of the Langleys host women’s health forum

Topics covered include medical assistance in dying, accessing medical cannabis, and a healthy brain

B.C.’s rural paramedic program expands, with home support

Advanced care ambulance staff added for six communities

BC Ferries sees steady traffic of post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Ferries filling up fast, sailing waits at some terminals

‘Save the kids!’ Dorian survivor tells the harrowing story of his Canadian wife’s death

Family held a funeral and placed Alishia Liolli’s remains in a niche at a cemetery in Windsor, Ont.

Okanagan woman, 91, votes at advance polls despite broken hip, shoulder and wrist

Angela Maynard has voted in almost every election during her lifetime

Heiltsuk Nation open first Big House in 120 years in northern B.C.

Opening means the community now has an appropriate space for spiritual and ceremonial events

Singh says NDP would form coalition with the Liberals to stop Tories

Singh was in a Liberal-held riding Sunday afternoon in Surrey where he was pressed about his post-election intentions

BC Ferries filling up fast with post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Monday anticipated to be busiest day of the weekend

The one with the ‘Friends’ photoshoot: Kelowna group recreates TV show intro

A friend’s departure prompted them to create something that really says, “I’ll be there for you”

Canadian Snowbirds plane crashes before air show in Atlanta

Pilot lands safely after ejecting from jet

Most Read