Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Police Chief Roger MacLean recently introduced four new police officers during a ceremony in City Council chambers. Pawlowski administered the oath of office to officers Richard Seltzer and Ryan Murray of Breinigsville, Eric Stauffer of Mertztown, and Christina Villacis of Whitehall.
Pawlowski advised the officers to pay close attention to their mentors. “Police work is an extremely rewarding profession, but it is also inherently dangerous. I can’t tell you how much I admire your bravery and your courage. The people of Allentown, our business owners and workers, and our hundreds of thousands of visitors appreciate your efforts every single minute of every single day.”
“We are confident that our increasing manpower will have a tremendous impact on public safety across the City,” said MacLean. “We hold our department in high regard. I appreciate the commitment and dedication exhibited daily by my officers and supervisors. I want to welcome these new officers to the department.”
The four additions increase the department compliment to 204 officers. Retirements at the end of 2005 had reduced the police force to 164 officers over the next few months. The City plans to hire 12 additional officers thanks to two federal COPS Program grants.