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Police merger study to be finished by spring

A study on whether to combine some or all of the 17 municipal police departments in Dauphin County should be completed by spring, county officials said.

 

The Dauphin County Commissioners on Wednesday, Sept. 10, selected the firm of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) from Washington, D.C. to complete the study for the county.

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is providing most of the $95,000 cost for PERF to do the study, the county said. The commissioners authorized $12,000 from the county toward the study, and another $10,000 is coming from the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office.

 

PERF will work with the 18-member Dauphin County Police Regionalization Committee, a committee that is studying the regionalization of local police departments.

 

The committee is led by District Attorney Ed Marsico and Commissioner Mike Pries. Lower Swatara Twp. Commissioner Nick DiFrancesco and Hummelstown Police Chief Charles Dowell are also members.

 

The committee includes representatives from local law enforcement, elected officials, and unions. Middletown has no direct representation on the committee, according to the listing of members on the county Web site.

 

A public meeting will be held before the end of 2014 to share preliminary findings of the police regionalization study, the county said.

 

In May, the Dauphin County Chiefs of Police Association voted unanimously in support of studying the feasibility of police regionalization.

 

The county quoted Marsico and Pries in a press release as saying that the study is only the first step in the process. Any consolidation would happen only with the support of the municipalities involved.

 

The county said that PERF has almost 40 years of experience in working with law enforcement.

 

The first step in the study will be to gather information about the police departments in the county before making recommendations about how joint departments may be formed, Dr. Craig Fraser, the PERF project manager who will oversee the study, said in the county’s press release.

 

“We’ll look at what is in place now and we’ll be asking people what they would like to see regarding policing in Dauphin County,” Fraser said. “We want to gauge whether a single regional police department or some combination of agencies might work to promote effectiveness and efficiency.”

 

Dan Miller: 717-944-4628, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:18

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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News - 10/1/14

 

Following is a compilation of reports from the Lower Swatara Twp. Police Department. 

Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law.

 

Guns stolen

 

Two bolt-action rifles were stolen from a residence in the 100 block of B Lane, police report.

 

The owner of the rifles believes the theft took place some time between July 16 and Sept. 15. The guns had been stored in a safe that was outside of a home in the 100 block of B Lane, police said.

 

The owner no longer lives in the area and had gone to the residence to retrieve her guns, police said. She contacted police after discovering the guns were missing.

 

The two rifles, a Savage 30-06 caliber rifle and a Remington 243 caliber, are valued at $600. Police were given the guns’ serial numbers and entered them into a registry of lost or stolen weapons. The Dauphin County sheriff’s office was also notified of the theft.

 

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call them at 717-939-0463. 

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:55

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Middletown Police News - 10/1/14

 

Following is a compilation of reports from the Middletown Police Department. Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent 

unless proven otherwise in a court of law.

 

DUI charge

 

Bradley A. Miller, 24, of the first block of Ann St., Middletown, was charged with DUI-controlled substance (four counts), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, police report.

 

The charges were filed following Miller’s arrest at 11:25 p.m. on July 4 after a traffic stop in the 400 block of E. Main St. Police said they found heroin and drug paraphernalia during a search of a 1995 Ford Taurus that Miller was driving.

 

A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 29 before District Judge David Judy.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:50

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Middletown Police News - 9/24/14

 

Following is a compilation of reports from the Middletown Police Department. Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent 

unless proven otherwise in a court of law.

 

Retail theft charge

 

Denise L. Walsh, 43, of the first block of Spring Garden St., Elizabethtown, was charged with retail theft following an incident at the Giant Foods store in the 400 block of E. Main St. at 3:48 p.m. on Sept. 12, police report.

 

A store detective stopped Walsh after she attempted to leave the store with a shopping cart containing $222.76 in merchandise for which she had not paid, police said.

 

A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 15 before District Judge David Judy.

 

 

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:23

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Church youth leader charged with possession of child pornography

A man who had served as a volunteer youth leader at a Middletown area church was charged on Thursday, Sept. 18 with 61 counts of possession of child pornography, authorities said.

 

 

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:33

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