Farmington Police Department may Soon be Fully Staffed 

The Farmington Police Department may be fully staffed soon for the first time nearly four years. Selectmen this week unanimously approved Chief Jack Peck’s request to hire two officers. Peck says he already has made a conditional employment offer to one candidate and plans to make an offer to a second. The department has found it hard for years to retain officers. Peck tells the Kennebec Journal the last time it operated with a full staff of 14 officers was for two weeks in December 2009. He says when understaffed, the department’s ability to enforce the law is limited. He says burglaries are up significantly this year, while traffic citations are down.