As some readers may be aware, Atglen Borough chose to no longer contract with the Parkesburg Police Department after rates were raised. LancasterOnline has continuing coverage.
The Christiana Borough Police Department is now authorized to cover both Christiana and Atglen.
Christiana Borough Council enacted the ordinance allowing the police coverage outside their borough limits at their March 27 meeting.
Then, Atglen Borough adopted the same ordinance at their April 1 meeting while also swearing in Police Chief Richard Finfrock as well as officers Seth Hulshizer, Brian Smyth, Mike Pulaski, John Carpenter and John MacKay.
Other officers who were unavailable for the meeting as well as future hires will be sworn in at a future date.
The only hold up now to beginning coverage of Atglen is getting police radios that operate on the Chester County Emergency system. “Until they come in we have no communication with Chester County,” Finfrock said.
The car radios are not expected to be installed until May 6, but Finfrock is working on getting portable radios to use in the meantime. He is hoping to have officers working in Atglen by April 15, if not earlier.
Atglen is paying for the new radios, as well as covering other expenses the department will have in covering their borough. This is in addition to the $50-per-hour fee for police coverage that Christiana is charging Atglen. (Read more…)
According to Parkeburg committee meeting notes, from January, Highland and Avondale have agreed to the $75/hour for police services.