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Perham cop Werner takes position with Las Vegas PD; Nelson now full-time chief

Candidates for a full-time position on the Perham police force are being sought. Police Chief Brian Nelson reported at the Jan. 7 Perham City Council meeting that full-time officer Jake Werner has accepted a position with the Las Vegas Police Dep...

Candidates for a full-time position on the Perham police force are being sought.

Police Chief Brian Nelson reported at the Jan. 7 Perham City Council meeting that full-time officer Jake Werner has accepted a position with the Las Vegas Police Department.

Meanwhile, Chief Nelson is now Perham's full-time police chief. Nelson had been serving as a two-city chief, but the contract with New York Mills was severed at the end of 2007.

A salary package has been approved for Nelson, at $61,500 a year.

Nelson receives four weeks of vacation, which is consistent with his previous package.

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The city also pays $714 a month towards family medical coverage, with the employee paying the difference. This is the same as with any employee.

In New York Mills, four-year veteran of the department Jason Hoaby was promoted to chief following the end of the two city joint chief agreement.

Werner a top candidate for Las Vegas position

Officer Werner was one of 1,300 applicants for 400 new police positions opening up in Las Vegas--which is reportedly the fastest-growing city in the nation.

According to Nelson, Werner came in within the top 50 candidates for the positions.

PD looking into fingerprinting equipment

In discussions at the Jan. 7 meeting, Police Chief Brian Nelson reported that he has been researching computerized fingerprinting equipment. Unfortunately, the prices of some of the units he has looked at online have ranged from $13,000 to nearly $30,000.

The police department was hoping to find an affordable piece of equipment, primarily to offer the public fingerprinting for passports.

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Nelson said he would continue looking into it and report back to the council. He was originally hoping to find a lower end portable fingerprint scanner for $1,000 to $2,000.

December police calls

Calls to the Perham Police Department totalled 154 for December.

Fourteen accidents were reported; as well as five hit and runs, six parking complaints, four traffic tickets and five traffic warnings.

There were four domestic dispute calls, one harassment call, one disorderly conduct call and seven disturbance/noise complaints.

One sexual assault was investigated, two thefts, one drug charge, three vandalism reports, and two trespassing incidents.

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