The Cooperstown Police Department is looking to almost double the number of part-time officers in its employment.

At a Dec. 12 meeting of the village’s public safety committee, Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert said that he was down to having access to three part-time officers. He said that he would like to hire an additional three part-time officers, and that he is canvassing the civil service list in hopes of hiring off of it. A discussion was also held on sending part-time officers to the police academy for certification.

Covert said that the need for more part time officers hadn’t had any effect on the department’s response to the shooting incident on Dec. 23 at the Seventh Inning Stretch store in Cooperstown.

During this incident, according to law enforcement, former Seventh Inning Stretch manager Barry M. Renert entered the store shortly before 9 a.m., and menaced his former employer, Vincent Carfagno, with a 9mm Glock handgun. After Carfagno produced a handgun of his own and fired a shot at Renert, which missed, Renert fled. No one was injured in the incident, and Renert was apprehended that night in Richmond Va.

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