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Bailey hires new part-time police officer

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BAILEY — The town has hired a second part-time officer in less than a month.

Miguel Salazar, a full-time corporal in Nashville, has come aboard at the Bailey Police Department.

Chief Steve Boraski said he’s happy to have more help.

“We are excited to have Miguel joining our department,” Boraski said. “Welcome to Bailey.”

Salazar is the second part-time officer hired in the past few weeks.

Starlena Osborne of Zebulon joined the police department in early June.

Boraski said Osborne — a former patrol deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office — has hit the ground running.

One day last week, Osborne obtained a total of three felony and misdemeanor warrants on an person who Osborne and a deputy from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office arrested and processed at the county jail, Boraski said.

“Once off work, Osborne helped Town Clerk Kellie Glover,” Boraski said.

Displaying community policing, something very important to Boraski, Osborne was on routine patrol another day when she noticed kids playing basketball on Reid Street with a small volleyball.

“Officer Osborne took the initiative to run to Dollar General and purchase them a basketball,” Boraski said. “In her words, it was nice seeing kids outside playing. This was a kind gesture on her part and shows the amazing character that Officer Osborne has.”

Salazar and Osborne are the first officers Boraski has been able to hire since becoming chief last year.

Bailey, a town of about 580 people, has a chief, one full-time officer and now five part-timers on its police department.