Hamburg's new police chief adjusting to job

HAMBURG, Pa. - After three months and 17 candidates, Hamburg selected Anthony Kuklinski as the borough's new police chief.

"It's an old town with new life in it," said Kuklinski, who formerly served as police chief in Spring City, Chester County. "The officers have gone out of their way to make me welcome here, to explain how we do business in Hamburg."

Kuklinski started the job in late February. He brings nearly three decades' worth of law enforcement experience. He said he wants to improve communication and interaction between his seven officers and the community.

"I want my officers out in the community," Kuklinski said. "I want them out when we have festivals, when we have incidents in town."

Hamburg Mayor George Holmes said the borough council liked Kuklinski's diverse experience.

"He has governmental experience and he has experience as a chief," Holmes said.

Two of the issues the borough hopes to address are parking and traffic.

"Parking in the downtown is one of those issues that we hear a lot," Holmes said. "People in the downtown aren't satisfied with how it's managed."

Kuklinski continues to meet with his officers one on one to find out how to improve policing.

"You can only be as effective as a police chief as the officers that work for you," Kuklinski said.

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