The Three Rivers Police Department now has a force of 10 officers.
Police Chief Vance Roberts said it is amazing that a city the size of Three Rivers has a 10-member police force.
Latest population estimates show that Three Rivers has about 1,800 residents.
But the larger force is needed to handle increased traffic and accidents, Roberts said.
In addition, the larger force means the chief won’t have to send his officers somewhere for training.
So the first in-service session was held at city hall Thursday, April 19.
“It is the first since we became a 10-man department,” Roberts said.
Officers heard Department of Public Safety Trooper Kolton Kendall explain basic accident investigation. Also, Mayor James Liska addressed the group, and District Attorney Martha Warner advised on how to gather evidence for a solid case.
Roberts said when he came to the Three Rivers Police Department in 1992, it was a three-man department.
Up until recently, the department had grown to a five- and six-man department.
“Then overnight it became a 10-man department in 2012,” he said.
Roberts said he now has a captain and two sergeants.
“Can you imagine where we will be in 10 years?” he asked.