MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Police Department will be hiring a full-time community caseworker to assist officers in cases dealing with people with special needs.
The pilot program will be funded by a $75,000 state grant secured by Senator James Skoufis, who came to Middletown on Tuesday to make the announcement.
With a population of 30,000, Mayor Joseph DeStefano noted the city has a special needs population and this coordinator will be able assist them.
Police Bureau Commander Lt. Jeffry Theolen officers are expected to handle all sorts of issues, but the community outreach coordinator will be a specialist in the field.
“That person is going to work very closely with our officers to provide the bridge that connects with some of the auxiliary services and highly specialized organizations that are available in the Hudson Valley region right now,” he said.
The case worker will be lending support to persons with mental health, domestic violence and other issues that warrant care from specialized agencies.