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Dixmoor to hire 3 officers after getting help from Cook County Sheriff’s police

Michael Smith Dixmoor trustee said Monday: 'I want do what’s best for community. I plan vote make sure we have

Michael Smith, a Dixmoor trustee, said Monday: "I want to do what’s best for the community. I plan to vote to make sure we have officers on our streets." On Wednesday night, trustees voted to hire three officers. | John Booz~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: August 7, 2013 11:04PM

Village trustees in south suburban Dixmoor, which has been supplementing its police force with Cook County Sheriff’s police since two officers walked off the job last week, voted Wednesday to hire three part-time new police officers.

The new hires, all veteran police officers who have served in other municipalities, were to begin work Thursday, effectively ending the stopgap service of four Cook County Sheriff’s Police officers in Dixmoor, village Trustee Michael Smith said.

The agreement to patrol Dixmoor — an impoverished town of nearly 4,000 people — came after two Dixmoor police officers walked off their jobs on the midnight shift early Sunday to protest working conditions.

The protesting officers are back at work, Smith said Wednesday night.

Dixmoor will now have a police force of nine full-time and seven part-time officers, Smith said.

Trustees also voted to hire three part-time dispatchers.

Traditionally, the sheriff’s key duties have been running the Cook County Jail and patrolling unincorporated areas of Cook County. The sheriff’s patrols in Ford Heights and Dolton have been part of the office’s expanding role in the suburbs.

In recent months, Dart also has agreed to serve as inspector general of Dolton and west suburban Maywood to root out corruption in those towns. Dart sent a letter to the almost 130 municipalities in Cook County offering the same service.

Smith said the possibilty of having Dart serve as Dixmoor’s inspector general will be discussed at an upcoming meeting of village trustees.

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