New Haven is rehiring two of the cops it laid off in February.
Mayor John DeStefano Jr. laid off 16 cops Feb. 17 after an agreement with the police union could not be reached on their benefits, a move that prompted more than 200 officers to march on City Hall. But now officers Louis DeCrescenzo and Casey O’Brien will rejoin the police department pending physical exam results and approval by the Board of Commissioners, according to an New Haven Police Department press release.
The rehiring was made possible by $1 million in savings the department gained on overtime costs since Jan. 1, which, if continued, could allow more rehiring, according to the release. Since Jan. 1, the department has averaged $64,149 in weekly overtime costs, down from a weekly average of $101,377 between July and January.
“Our ability to continue to successfully manage down overtime will allow us to potentially recall more officers,” Chief Frank Limon said in the release.
Some of the 16 officers laid off in February have since found employment in police departments in West Haven and North Haven.
Michael Pepe, another laid-off officer, rejoined the New Haven Police Department in March.