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New Middletown part-time police officer is recent MAHS grad

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 7/24/19

Middletown’s newest police officer is a 2014 Middletown Area High School graduate who says “there is nothing more I would rather do than to be able to give back to the community that has …

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New Middletown part-time police officer is recent MAHS grad

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Middletown’s newest police officer is a 2014 Middletown Area High School graduate who says “there is nothing more I would rather do than to be able to give back to the community that has given me everything.”

Borough council July 16 approved the hiring of Todd Michael Houser Jr., 23, as a part-time officer with the Middletown Police Department.

He still lives in the house he grew up in in Lower Swatara Township along with his parents, Jennifer and Todd Sr.

A wrestler in the Blue Raider program for 15 years, Houser said he’s never wanted to be anything but a police officer.

He interned with the Swatara Township Police Department in his senior year of high school, and after graduating earned an associate’s degree in police science from Harrisburg Area Community College.

Houser graduated from the HACC police academy June 27.

“Being given the chance to work in the town that I grew up in is an opportunity that I am extremely humbled by and grateful for,” Houser said in a biography provided to the Press & Journal by the department.

Houser joins five other part-time patrol officers, according to the roster on the borough website. The department has 12 full-time officers, including interim Chief Sgt. Dennis Morris.

The base salary of a part-time officer is $20.69 an hour, based on the contract between the police association and the borough.