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Police force expanded

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Quincy officials have added six new positions to the Police Department as part of an overall effort to meet the department’s demands. “We are committed to expanding its capabilities when possible to ensure it can continue to provide the level of protection our residents expect and deserve,” said Mayor Thomas Koch in a release. In addition to the six new positions included in this year’s budget, a cost of approximately $500,000, Koch appointed nine other officers to fill vacancies. The 15 new cadets will all go to the state-run Police Academy for training. Cadets include Andrew Keenan, son of Police Chief Paul Keenan and nephew of Koch; Michael Dougan, son of Police Captain John Dougan; and Erin McFarland, daughter of City Councilor and former council president Mike McFarland. According to mayoral spokesman Christopher Walker, the appointments were based on the most recent Civil Service exam, background checks, a psychological evaluation, and a pass/fail physical exam. The mayor makes the final appointments based on police department recommendations. Walker said neither Keenan nor Dougan participated in that process.

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