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The City of Batavia Police Department has hired a new Parking Enforcement/Dog Control Officer.

James Sheflin joined the department on Oct. 22. It's a part-time position and Sheflin also works as a dispatcher with the Genesee County Sheriff's Office.

"(It's) a good foot in the door to prove to (Batavia Police Department) Chief (Shawn) Heubusch that I can be a good employee," Sheflin said. "My main goal is to be a police officer, especially here in Batavia. I figure if I come here and do a good job, it looks good on the resume at least."

Parking Enforcement Officers are uniformed civilian Police Department employees and – as the name suggests -- are responsible for patrolling the entire city limits to enforce parking regulations.

As the Dog Control Officer Sheflin is responsible for the control and licensing of dogs, as well as protecting animals from inhumane treatment.

Sheflin takes pride in his new tasks.

"Obviously the health of the animals -- that's a big one for me," Sheflin said. "With the parking enforcement -- on that side of it -- my biggest pet peeve is handicapped parking. I think it's complete laziness when someone who's not handicapped parks in one."

The department says Sheflin will be working flexible hours to address residents’ concerns as they arise. If any assistance is needed, please call 345-6350.

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