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Hamburg narcotics officer could be anywhere

A couple Hamburg police officers have some new duties, but the town is only talking about one of them.

Howard Widman was promoted to detective-temporary by the Town Board Monday. His family and board members stood around him as Police Chief Gregory Wickett presented him his detective’s badge.

At the same time the board appointed “one police officer” as a narcotics officer. Supervisor Steven Walters said the town does not disclose the identity of narcotics officers, since it involves under-cover work.

But that didn’t stop Councilman Michael Quinn from praising the unnamed officer.

“We want to thank the narcotics officer as well,” he said, adding: “He may be sitting next to you right now.”