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West Easton gets green light to start own police department

WEST EASTON, Pa. - West Easton Borough has gotten the green light from the state to start its own police department.

Mayor Dan DePaul said it took months of paperwork to get the letter of approval from Harrisburg.

DePaul said the borough interviewed several candidates before selecting a police chief, Rob Mahady, a retired member of the Pennsylvania State Police Belfast barracks, who will work a part-time schedule.

DePaul said in addition to the chief, the borough wants to hire two to three other part-time officers.

State police will continue to cover the borough when West Easton officers aren't on duty.

Mayor DePaul said the borough has been eager to have its own police force and has budgeted $150,000 for the police department's first year, which includes money for a police cruiser and equipment, some of which he said can be bought second-hand.

DePaul said the department's office, which will be on 6th Street, will need to be renovated but is being leased to the borough for $1 per year.

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