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News of Otsego County

Police Community Advisory Board

Advisory Board Starts Study Of Village Police

Advisory Board Starts

Study Of Village Police

Department Small, Says New Chief,

But Big-City Complexities Exist Here

In his first public appearance since being appointed yesterday, Village Police Chief Frank Cavilieri knowledgeably assessed complexities of policing that even small departments like Cooperstown’s need to keep in mind. (Jim Kevlin/llOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Mayor Tillapaugh is interviewed at meeting’s end by WKTV reporter Ben Vahey. Talking in the background are CAB members Rich Browne, left, and Adam Richter.

COOPERSTOWN – At his first public appearance since being named yesterday to lead the Village Police Department, Chief Frank Cavilieri this evening made it seem simple.

The most problematic area of policing, here as everywhere, is “use of force,” Cavilieri said this evening at the first meeting of the Police Community Advisory Board.  A related issue is “how we interact with the community.”

The good news, he continued, is that there is very little crime in Cooperstown.  He described a typical month as two motor vehicle incidents, two calls, three dogs barking and two instances of criminal mischief.

But as the discussion continued between Cavilieri, Senior Patrolman Jim Kelman and six members of the CAB, brought together here and in 513 communities across the state by Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202, the complexities multiplied.

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