On Thursday, January 31st. the City of Allentown held a ceremony in City Council Chambers which added more officers to the Police Department. Three recent police academy graduates received their Police Department badges and four other new officers were sworn-in.
Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Police Chief Roger MacLean pinned badges on December academy graduates officers Richard Seltzer, Maurice Flowers-Williams and Stephen Madison. Pawlowski administered the oath of office to new officers Ryan Alles, Matthew Christman, Michael Lovett and Michael Vernotica.
“I am pleased to tell the members of our audience today how inspired I am by the day to day dedication of the men and women of the Allentown police department, said Pawlowski. “They act under difficult and stressful circumstances. December’s mass shooting in a small town in Connecticut remind us that we live in a world where the unthinkable does happen, but we are able to sleep somewhat easier knowing that police officers are doing their utmost to protect us from harm. It is imperative that we take the time at opportunities like these to acknowledge their performance.”
The new hires bring the count of sworn police officers in the city to 213.
Seltzer, Flowers-Williams and Madison graduated from the 20 week course at the Allentown Police Academy and underwent three more weeks at the academy on advanced training techniques and department policies and procedures specific to the Allentown Police Department. They are currently undergoing field training. Alles, Christman, Lovett and Vernotica had previously obtained their Act 120 certifications and will soon begin field training.
“These officers will be welcome additions to the Allentown Police Department,” said MacLean. “I am happy to have them on board.”
Officer Seltzer holds a BA in Marketing/Management from Siena College.
Officer Flowers-Williams holds a BA in Philosophy from Bloomsburg University and is attending West Chester University for Criminal Justice.
Officer Madison is currently attending Northampton Community College. He has served in the Army National Guard.
Officer Alles has been a Bucks County Corrections Officer and is attending Bucks County Community College, majoring in Criminal Justice.
Officer Christman holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Albright College and has been a member of the Moravian College Police Department.
Officer Lovett holds a B.A. in Mass Communication from Kings College and has been a police officer in the city of Harrisburg.
Officer Vernotica was a Lehigh County Deputy Sheriff and is attending Northampton Community College majoring in Criminal Justice.