At one point in the not too distant past, the Geneva Police Department was nearly 10 officers shy of being fully staffed.
That number has come down somewhat, but Chief Jeff Trickler said he still has a ways to go before the department is up to its full roster of 36 officers. He believes that will happen eventually.
“We have about six vacancies now, and we have some officers out with long-term injuries. We were down nine at one time,” Trickler said. “We are able to fill three vacancies right now. However, if we are unable to find candidates that are qualified and meet the needs of the community and the department, I am not going to just hire a body to fill a position.”
The department recently put out a call for people who are currently employed as a state- certified officer, known as a lateral transfer. The department does get those from time to time, most recently Officer Ron Eveland (the son of retired Geneva PD Officer Ken Eveland), who was employed by the New York State Parks Police.
Many of the department’s officers are graduates of the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy, which is run by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office. That includes the Geneva PD’s newest officer, local native Dan Hickey, who is completing field training with a veteran officer.