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    http://www.thetimes-tribune.com/site...0572&rfi=8

    Dickson City force still five short

    BY CHARLES SCHILLINGER
    STAFF WRITER

    07/12/2008


    DICKSON CITY — Scarred by lawsuit after lawsuit, the borough is struggling to overcome legal issues with hiring new police officers.

    The borough initiated civil service testing in May 2007 to hire two additional officers and bring the number of full-time officers to nine.

    More than a year later, the borough has just four full-time officers, including the temporary loss of Chief William Stadnitski, who will be on leave through at least August due to a work-related injury.

    The process stalled after concerns with a physical agility portion of the test late last year. The borough hired a law firm in December to review the civil service ordinance.

    While work to modify the ordinance for testing police candidates now appears complete, candidates will have to retake the entire test or at least part of it before the borough can hire any officers.

    Councilman Stanley Prushinski said he wants to restart the entire process as soon as possible, no matter what further concerns there might be from the legal advisers.

    “We’re so gun-shy. We say something and the lawyers say we need to do this or that,” said Mr. Prushinski, who is also a member of the borough Civil Service Commission.

    But the borough has reason to be wary. In the last two years, it settled about six lawsuits for almost $500,000, ranging from wrongful termination to sexual harassment in the workplace.


    The borough has also recently been sued by five people related to a gun-carrying incident at Old Country Buffet in May.

    But at a council meeting last week, resident Thomas Logan raised concerns about having so few full-time officers on duty.

    “You’ve been sitting on this test since November. What’s it going to take, a death?” he asked.

    The commission is expected to meet at the end of the month to come up with a plan.

    Contact the writer: cschillinger@timesshamrock.com

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    I'm guessing that other PA cities successfully choose and hire LEOs. Instead of reinventing the wheel why don't the dumb masses in Dickson City just look at what everyone else is doing right?
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    The sad thing is they could have their pick of the best cops from a bordering town of 72,000. Dickson City borders a city called Scranton. The cops in Scranton haven't had a raise in 7 years and they are starting to leave in droves. Dickson City could easily pick up a few cops with 10-20 years experience.

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    "...More than a year later, the borough has just four full-time officers, including the temporary loss of Chief William Stadnitski, who will be on leave through at least August due to a work-related injury...."

    Thats what happens when your head is too far up your ass...

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    Another good reason to open carry in Dickson City. Police force at less than half strength.
    He wore his gun outside his pants for all the honest world to see. Pancho & Lefty

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    Thundar wrote:
    Another good reason to open carry in Dickson City. Police force at less than half strength.
    Regardless of locale, such a severely undermanned department, large or small, has to wreak havoc with morale & performance and can cause further exodus. As previously suggested I hope they'll benchmark some other city's successful process and get the properly-educated resources on board. Feel bad for any solid officers caught up in such a kluge.





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    The article does not mention how many part-time officers are employed....


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    Looks like Dickson City will have to rely on the militia if things get any worse.

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    Pa. Patriot wrote:
    The article does not mention how many part-time officers are employed....
    Ah, but then the evil gun nuts wouldn't be the bad guys. Remember guys, "community standards" trump individual rights...

    Edited to take out two blank lines from Pa Patriot's post... and in so edited, added two more lines. Doh.

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    I just read that Buffet holding the corporation that owns Old Country Buffet has filed for Chapter11 don't know about the one in Dickson city, but they are closing a lot of franchises across the country

    hope this brightens your day

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