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Duquesne Police Department now has 13 full-time officers, including acting Chief Tom Shaw, as a trio of new officers were hired at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
Brandon Morris, Ryan Drohn and Tobias Yuhouse were officially added to the force, according to council’s unanimous vote. Drohn and Yuhouse have already started patrols, and Morris is set to take his first shift Nov. 6.
All are experienced officers, according to Shaw. Duquesne’s police department has lost a few officers in recent months, largely due to better pay elsewhere; however, Council has successfully added the new hires.
Another prospective officer is attending the police academy and all goes well through graduation and Harrisburg testing, could start around the start of the new year, city officials said.
Council also approved a motion to interview, test if applicable, and hire part-time police officers at the rate of $20.50 per hour to start. Mayor Scott Adams was quick to point out that allowing for part-time officers doesn’t necessarily mean they are being added right away.
Council also voted to pay $75 to constables or “other appropriately certified individuals” to transport people that are being detained at the city lockup to Allegheny County Jail. The agenda's line item noted "$75/Hr" but that was deemed a clerical error. Normally, Pennsylvania State Constable and Duquesne Fire Chief Frank Cobb performs those duties, but this is considered a backup when he isn’t available, according to Adams.
In his Mayor's report, Adams recommended selling the city-owned fire truck that has been parked since it was replaced this summer. Council Aaron Adams agreed to the motion under the condition that some of the proceeds go back to the fire department. Council unanimously approved the bill.
Council also moved to accept the proposal for police officer bonuses to be distributed by the end of 2022, July 2023 and December 2023. Amounts of the bonuses weren’t immediately discussed, but were to be by the next meeting.
In other news, Adams said tthe street department’s “Veterans Program” in which flags honoring Duquesne veterans will be purchased and erected onto flag poles, continues.
Approximately 10 residents have expressed interest so far. Residents who are interested should call (412) 713-9332.
The city will then get cost estimates on the flags. The original plan was to have the flags by Veteran’s Day, but that didn’t come together, said the Mayor. Next year’s Memorial Day is the next goal date.
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. His work also appears in The Valley Mirror and other publications.
Originally published November 04, 2022.