Six new Allentown police officers were sworn-in this morning during a ceremony in City Council chambers.
Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Police Chief Keith Morris presided as officers Kevin Mullaney, Gregory Dean, Emily Bostick, Matthew Shade, Jeffrey Tanner and Zachary Wittman took the oath of office and received their department badges.
The department now consists of 212 sworn officers.
Pawlowski said, “I am very proud of the members of this department. You come on board at a time when the actions of police officers are coming under unprecedented public scrutiny. You are being evaluated by the people you come in contact with at every moment. Use the training you have been given and heed the advice of your superiors. This is a very rewarding job and I wish you nothing but the best.”
“This is a great day not only for our new officers and their family but also for the Allentown Police Department,” said Chief Morris. “We have taken great strides to increase our number of sworn officers and we are getting closer to our goal of reaching full staffing. I want to wish our new officers the best of luck as they embark on this new phase of their law enforcement career with our great organization.”
Officer Mullaney is a 2011 graduate of the Mercyhurst College Public Safety Institute Police Training Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Psychology from Penn State University. Officer Mullaney is assigned to the 1st Platoon.
Officer Dean is a 2005 graduate of the Philadelphia Police Training Academy. He holds an Associate of Arts with a Major in Paramedic Psychology from Lehigh Carbon Community College. Officer Dean is assigned to the 3rd Platoon.
Officer Bostick is a 2013 graduate of the Allentown Police Training Academy. She is assigned to the 1st Platoon.
Officer Shade is a 2013 graduate of the Montgomery County Municipal Police Training Academy. He hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester University. Officer Shade is assigned to the 2nd Platoon.
Officer Tanner is a 2011 graduate of the Lackawanna College Police Training Academy. He attended Mansfield University. Officer Tanner is assigned to the 2nd Platoon.
Officer Wittman is a 2013 graduate of the Allentown Police Training Academy. He attended Lehigh Carbon Community College. Officer Wittman is assigned to the 3rd Platoon.