The Jasper Police Department has added a new member to it’s telecommunications team.

This morning, Jasper Police Chief Mike Bennett asked for and recieved approval from the Jasper Board of Public Works to hire Brittany Miller as a probationary telecomminucations officer.

Miller, a graduate of Perry Central High School, recently recieved her degree in law enforcement from Vincennes University.

Bennett says Miller was the leading candidate in the department’s interviewing process that included roughly a dozen applicants, in which a total of five were interviewed.

Miller’s appointment brings the the total number of telecommunicators in the Jasper Police Department to 6.

Miller lives in Ferdinand with her husband Chris, who is an EMT with Memorial Hosiptal in Jasper. She will start her new job on Wednesday.

POLICE UPDATE

Meanwhile, Jasper Police Chief Mike Bennett gave the board an update on the ongoing replacement process of two officers who recently left the department.

Bennett says 104 applications were sent out by request of which 45 were returned. Of those 45, 33 applicants were brought in for initial testing and 15 of those applicants have been have been invited to proceed through the process of more interviews.

Bennett says obviously the department is looking for the best of the best….

Bennett says he plans to make recommendations to the Board of Public Works in the next couple of months and bring the total number of road officers in the department to 21.

The two open positions came about due to the retirement of Sargeant Jeff Carie and resignation of patrolman David Drew.