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Duquesne City Council has ratified the return of police officer William Spangler to the full-time active roster.
At this week’s meeting, by a 4-0 vote (with Councilman Tim Caldwell absent), council also approved a motion to interview, test if applicable, and hire part-time police officers.
Recently, Spangler had resigned to take a new position, but he has returned, Duquesne officials said.
Mayor Scott Adams noted that the next round of testing for potential officers is Friday. Act 47 Coordinator George Dougherty also told council that there are police grants available for potential police officers to attend the police academy through Robert Morris University.
Over the past few months, the city’s police department has seen some officers leave for more lucrative positions, but Adams said that officials have been looking into new ways of attracting new officers. Solicitor Myron Sainovich agreed and said that officials have been talking to the police officers’ union about those very issues.
“Everywhere has those same concerns,” added Dougherty.
According to acting police Chief Tom Shaw’s report, in August and September, the department’s officers have responded to more than 700 calls, including seven accidents, and conducted about 160 traffic stops.
Tom Leturgey is a freelance writer based in Pittsburgh and the editor of KSWA Digest, the online news and features home of the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance.
Originally published October 06, 2022.