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updated: 8/14/2014 4:27 PM

Rosemont hires 27 more for part-time security

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Rosemont is hiring another 27 sworn or retired police officers to provide additional security at village venues.

The officers, called security specialists by the village, are brought in to work part-time during events at the Allstate Arena, Rosemont Theatre and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

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The village board this week approved the appointment of the additional personnel -- a list that includes current or former officers from Chicago, Melrose Park and Forest Park, among other towns. The list also includes Niles Police Chief Dean Strzelecki.

Mayor Brad Stephens said with all the activity going on in town, it was necessary to add more security.

There's now a total of 90 security specialists in Rosemont, but there aren't plans to go above that number, said Public Safety Chief Don Stephens III.

The village board this week also approved the appointment of 50 auxiliary public safety officers, who primarily provide traffic control throughout the village. The mayor said those officers, looking to further their career in either police or fire service, would have to go through a more rigorous process to become sworn officers. There's a total of 220 auxiliary officers in Rosemont.

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