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New officers join Aspen Police Department, bring staffing levels up

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The Aspen Police Department is fully staffed again, after a handful of officers announced earlier this year they were leaving. Four officers are joining the department. Two graduated from the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy on Friday.

Two of the new officers are already residents of the Roaring Fork Valley - AdrianoMinnitiand Seth DelGrasso. Josh Uhernik is from out of state. DuxtonMilamis from the Front Range. Two of the four bring previous law enforcement experience.

Department spokesperson Blair Weyer says the new hires bring the office up to full staffing levels, or 27 patrol officers.

"As soon as they come into our department they’ll undergo what we call field training. They’ll be paired up with senior officers with the department for three to four months and that’s really to help them learn about the community. The main reason for the training is so that they understand our approach."

The training introduces the officers to the department’s policies and procedures. Eventually they will be handling the typical duties of an officer such as traffic control, responding to medical calls and dealing with bear problems.