Mayor Pawlowski administered the oath of office to officers Stephen Madison of Macungie and Jason Hillis of Easton. Madison is attending the latest Allentown Police Academy class as well as Northampton Community College, and served in the Army National Guard. Hillis is already Act 120 certified and will be undergoing in-house training. He attended Coastal Carolina Community College and studied Basic Law Enforcement.
“Being a police officer is a formidable job, but it is also very rewarding,” said the Mayor. “The people of this city know that you have a difficult job to do and you have their support. Be mindful of the fact that we as a city appreciate your efforts every single day.”
“I would like to extend a warm welcome to you,” said Assistant Police Chief Joe Hanna. “You are now members of one of the finest police departments in the commonwealth. To the family and friends, I assure you that these officers will be provided with the highest level of training and the most advanced tools so that they may perform their duties in the safest and most efficient manner.”
The two additions increase the department compliment to 209 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 seven additional officers thanks to two federal COPS Program grants.