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Police may shift hiring system

The town of Andover is considering withdrawing its police force from the state civil service system, a move that would allow town officials to hire and promote officers based on their own criteria, rather than relying on a state ranking system.

The idea is being weighed as the town’s three police unions, including those representing patrol officers and superior officers, work out final details of a contract agreement that would cover the period from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014.

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