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Lockport hires three Erie County residents as new police officers

LOCKPORT – Three Erie County residents were chosen last week as the City of Lockport’s new police officers, as the city carried out a contractual agreement with the city’s police union to add three officers to the force for 2016.

Mary Pat Holz, the city’s civil service secretary and personnel officer, said the Police Board chose Anthony J. Pellittieri, 24, of Alden; Daniel L. Kaufman, 32, of Depew; and Paul Dhand, 26, of Grand Island.

Dhand is a peace officer at Erie Community College, while the other two are not currently employed in a police capacity. All three will have to graduate from the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy before hitting the streets. The starting pay for a Lockport police officer is $40,000 a year. Holz said all three have six months to move into Niagara County, but they don’t necessarily have to live in the City of Lockport.

The Common Council voted last week to hire three rookies before Jan. 1 so they could start at the academy sooner and start work by March. Because of the academy’s class schedule, waiting until the new year would have delayed the officers’ deployment in the city until May or June, Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey said. The city is committed to hiring three more officers to start work in 2017, under the contract it approved with the Hickory Club Police Benevolent Association, the city police union.