For the first time in its history, the Carey Police Department has added a full-time detective to its force.
Nathan Fawcett, who previously served as a sergeant at the police department, was named detective last week, Capt. Rich Kesler of the Carey Police Department said.
"It was a natural progression for Nathan," Kesler said. "It was a good fit."
Fawcett, who has been at the Carey Police Department for several years, focused on investigations and also worked on numerous cases, Kesler said.
"He does such good work," Kesler said of Fawcett.
Because the village had seen a recent increase in crime, creating a detective position to focus solely on investigation work was an easy decision, Kesler said. The department had been considering the idea for a while when Fawcett volunteered for the position.
"The officers were getting overwhelmed with case work," Kesler said. "We've been really busy."
In February, the police department worked on eight felony cases, he said.
"The crime appears to be drug-related in some manner," Kesler said.
Kesler said the department has eight full-time officers and four part-time officers. It also has an auxiliary force, he said.