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Middletown hires two part-time police officers

By Dan Miller

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Posted 10/10/18

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

Two new part-time police officers have been added to the roster of the Middletown Police Department.

Cameron Gross and Shaun Burke were sworn in …

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Middletown hires two part-time police officers

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Two new part-time police officers have been added to the roster of the Middletown Police Department.

Cameron Gross and Shaun Burke were sworn in by Mayor James H. Curry III, following borough council approving the hiring of both officers during council’s Oct. 2 meeting.

The new officers have a few things in common, Interim Police Chief Sgt. Dennis Morris pointed out during the meeting. Gross and Burke are both engaged to be married, and each has a daughter.

Otherwise, Burke, 39, has been a police officer for 15 years and works full-time with the Pennsylvania Capitol Police Department.

Burke is “very familiar” with Middletown as he once lived in the borough, Morris said.

“It’s not going to take 90 days to get him up and running like it normally does, so hopefully we can get him plugged into the schedule much quicker,” he said.

Gross, 31, was a U.S. Marine for eight years and then worked for the United Methodist Home as a supervisor working with at-risk youth.

Gross enjoys working with kids and is “big on community service,” Morris said. “I think he will be a wonderful fit here.”

The addition of Burke and Gross will bring to six the number of part-time police officers on the department roster. The roster lists 11 full-time officers, including Morris.

Council on Aug. 21 authorized hiring a new full-time officer to replace Blake Bilbrey, who resigned.

The borough also has advertised that the police department will conduct an exam for promotion to sergeant on Nov. 15 at Harrisburg Area Community College.

Morris and Scott Yoder, another full-time patrol officer with the Middletown force, were both promoted to sergeant in August 2017.

However, Morris has taken on the added duties of police chief, after being appointed interim chief by Curry on Aug. 21 to replace George Mouchette.

Mouchette has been suspended without pay since Aug. 21, when he was charged with aggravated indecent assault without consent, criminal attempt-rape forcible compulsion, and unlawful restraint/serious bodily injury.

The charges stem from an incident that allegedly occurred in Mouchette’s office Aug. 13.