The Brattleboro Reformer reports that five new officers have joined the Brattleboro Police Department. The additions are welcomed news as a recent staffing shortage had forced officers to work extra shifts and longer hours and forced specialists and detectives to do road patrol. According to acting chief Capt. Gene Wrinn, "It's a relief to have five new officers on the road." Wrinn added, "It's clearly a morale booster to have some new bodies on. It's going to help, especially as the spring is coming, for them to get out of the cars more [and] meet the public and early on."