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Lower Merion OKs More Police Hiring

The department is five officers short of capacity, a gap that will soon grow, Superintendent Michael McGrath told the Board of Commissioners.

Lower Merion’s Board of Commissioners on Wednesday authorized the hiring of enough officers to return the police department to full strength.

A department allowed to employ 136 officers currently has only 131, at least three of whom will retire before year’s end, Superintendent Michael McGrath said at Wednesday night’s board meeting.

. There are 12 more civil-service approved candidates, and McGrath wants to put enough of them in October’s Police Academy class to fill all expected vacancies, he said.

Four more officers are eligible to retire in 2013, McGrath said.

The commissioners voted 8-0 to let Township Manager Doug Cleland make conditional job offers to the appropriate amount of candidates.

Michael Maloney July 31, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Great decision!
Rick Liberatoscioli August 01, 2012 at 03:24 AM
"At a Board of Commissioners Police Committee meeting earlier this month, McGrath said he would not be releasing the name of the officer or specifics of the disciplinary matter, as it is a personnel issue." - Superintendent Michael McGrath Was this the Lower Merion Police officer that criminally attacked and permanently disabled the victim just outside the LM Headquarters when he tried to report the felony crimes against the Lower Merion Police?

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