DANVILLE – The Danville Board of Fire and Police Commissioners will have a special meeting next week to appoint additional probationary police officers.

The commission will meet in closed session to select up to two probationary police candidates upon presentation of Mayor Rickey Williams Jr.’s letter to the board.

The probationary officers’ swearing-in ceremony would be contingent upon passing the physical and psychological examination, and police department needs, according to the meeting agenda.

The meeting will be at noon Monday in the mayor’s conference room at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St.

Williams said they unfortunately received retirement notice from Officer Troy Wasson.

Williams also said about the second appointment, "we have one additional officer in next year's budget."

The city’s new fiscal year budget starts May 1.

With the swearing-in of a probationary police officer last month, the Danville Police Department was at full force of 63 officers, including 41 assigned to patrol. Some of the newer officers in training will be on the streets by May.

With the full slate of officers, the department also can move forward with specialty units to address issues in the city — the Problem Oriented Policing Unit, Community Housing Unit and Traffic Enforcement Team, Danville Police Chief Chris Yates has said.

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