BEDFORD – A new police officer was sworn in during the Bedford Board of Works and Safety meeting Monday afternoon.
Police Officer Sarah Haluda has completed all of the necessary requirements and training to be hired on as a member of the police department. She was previously an officer at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.
Police Chief Terry Moore congratulated Officer Haluda, and proceeded to discuss with the board a request to accept off-day paid requirements, to ensure each officer had a fair chance to receive their 40 hours per week.
In some instances, officers worked the overnight shift, and due to shift changes or other changes in the department, would begin working the morning shift. Chief Moore believes this would be unsafe for community members and the officer involved if any issue were to arise.
In response to this, officers are sent home to recover and rest, leaving them at risk of missing the scheduled hours, or having to use time off during these instances. Chief Moore believes that issues such as these are not in control of the officers and they should be paid their full 40 hours, at the approval of the Chief if the situation arises.
The board approved this request, and welcomed Officer Haluda to the Department.