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Sep 9, 2015 11:26 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Two New Full-Time Officers For Westhampton Beach Police Department

Marc W. DeMartino, left, and Christopher J. Kelly after being sworn in to the Westhampton Beach Village Police Department Thursday night. ALYSSA MELILLO
Sep 9, 2015 12:01 PM

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Westhampton Beach Village Police Department has added new full-time officers to its roster.

Marc W. DeMartino and Christopher J. Kelly, both village residents, were sworn in as full-time police officers at last Thursday night’s Village Board meeting. Police Chief Trevor Gonce said it is the first time in 7 years that the department has hired full-time officers.

“It’s going to make us more of a proactive than a reactive police department,” he said. “I’m very excited to have them on board and look forward to an even better year than we had this year.”

Before hiring Mr. DeMartino and Mr. Kelly, Chief Gonce had about a dozen full-time officers under his supervision. He had been pushing to hire two more officers since February.

Mr. DeMartino, 30, and Mr. Kelly, 27, will each earn annual salaries of $53,957.27. They will both work a total 234 days per year, totaling 1,856 hours, for their first two years on the job, and then they will work 232 days per year. The amount of days and hours they work per week will vary, Chief Gonce said.

Mr. DeMartino graduated from Westhampton Beach High School in 2003 and immediately began working for the police department as a traffic control officer. He enrolled in the Suffolk Police Academy shortly after and was sponsored by the village department. He has been working there part-time since he graduated from the academy in 2006.

Chief Gonce said that in addition to Mr. DeMartino’s status as a local, his knowledge of Spanish will be beneficial when he’s out in the field. “That was a need and necessity for us,” the chief said.

And Mr. Kelly, a native of West Sayville, was formerly employed by the Fire Department of New York as an emergency medical technician. Chief Gonce said his experience from that job, as well as his training in handling hazardous materials and experience as a boat captain, all caught his eye when reviewing potential applicants.

“They’ve got everything—and I was pretty particular on who I wanted because I wanted officers that can give something to the department and the community,” Chief Gonce said. “That’s what I was really looking for.”

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long overdue
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Sep 13, 15 4:33 PM
By tenn tom (234), remsenburg on Sep 14, 15 6:39 AM
Maybe they can help the chief pass his exam.Only a bs police dept like WHB could have a chief that can't pass the exam. The best part is they pay him 250k for a job he's not qualified for.
By chief1 (2718), southampton on Sep 14, 15 8:42 AM