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January 1, 2014

Remembering, retiring and restructuring

Four veteran Lockport officers choose retirement and prevent layoffs

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A 30-year-veteran of the force, Seekins, 51, said being with the LPD was a great ride, working with countless professionals.

”I think that’s what I’ll miss the most,” Seekins said, adding that he didn’t have any immediate retirements plans.

For Barrancotta, who leaves LPD after 33-and-a-half years on the job, it was also a decision he made as a father. His son Daniel is the newest Lockport officer with the lowest seniority on the force. 

Barrancotta, 55, was a former juvenile detective and an academy classmate of Eggert’s. He was most recently a lieutenant on the midnight shift.

”It hasn’t hit me yet,” Barrancotta said.

Seekins and Podgers were instrumental in keeping Lockport Police up-to-date technologically, Eggert said. Podgers, who spent 39 years, 11 months and two days with LPD, said the technology and electronic upgrades are probably the biggest changes he’s seen in his four decades of work.

During that time, LPD was able to move from black-and-white photographs to a semi-automated, full color system. The department’s radio system was upgraded, while cell block cameras were added in the city jail.

Patrol cars now have computers and software that give officers information quickly. That’s quite a step up from the 1970s, when the technology in the patrol cars were limited to a switch that turned on a single red light and another switch for the siren.

Eggert said all of the retirees are Lockport natives, making their careers a little more special. But while the changes Lockport Police have made will allow them to provide the same level of service with less people at less cost, the retirees will be missed, the chief said.

”These are quality people and I think the community was lucky to have them,” Eggert said. “They’re homegrown guys.”

RETIRING LOCKPORT POLICE • Capt. Rick Podgers, 40 years • Lt. Scott Seekins, 30 years • Lt. Dave Barrancotta, 33.5 years • Officer Joseph Brown, 27 years

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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