Helping in the fight against crime

By Erika Mahoney

March 7, 2013 Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's an effort to put more eyes on the streets in the fight against crime. And despite some early disagreement between the Binghamton City Council and its police force, there are now plans to do just that.

The council is considering two options: Use interns from Broome Community College to do clerical work or employ retired police officers on a per diem basis.

The president of the Binghamton Police Benevolent Association says he prefers the second option.

"The retirees ... they have done the job," said BPBA President Scott Patrick said. "They'll know the intricacies of the job. They will know the state forms we have to use. Training them (..) would not really be all that time consuming, whereas with an intern we couldn't use them to that effect. We couldn't put them on the street to assist in our manpower."

Patrick said talks about a solution began after cuts to the force made the task of protecting the community increasingly difficult.

He hopes something is in place by June because he says crime typically spikes during the summer.

It's not known whether the addition will be permanent or temporary.